Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.
Rise of Empire contains Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm, books 3 and 4 of Riyria Revelations.
©2011 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books
I like the way the author continually give you a little more insight to the main characters back ground as the story progresses.
Tim brings the characters a live, you can fill the differance in there personality in the way he uses his voice.
Enjoy the adventure
A story of manly men and pure women who must stop the evil and the wicked from ruling the world. The heroes must overcome their own internal demons while attempting to right wrongs and stop the villains. The baddies will not go down easy and have well designed plans and schemes to achieve their reprehensible dreams of world domination.
Who is mightier and will any of the favorite characters be killed off? I will listen to “Heir of Novron” and report back.
I stumbled upon this series by accident and was surprised how good it was. The story is great, despite the obvious joining of two shorter books into one. Great Narrator as well. Very interesting characters and much more action than the first book, which was also great.
Like how the two main characters carried on with each other. One getting both in situations, while the other tries to get out of them. Good read
THIS IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN A SERIES. THE CHARACTERS ARE GOOD AND IT IS FAMILY FRIENDLY FOR OLDER KIDS. THERE IS SOME ADULT HUMOR, SITUATIONS ETC. THIS IS NOT FOR YOUR GRADE SCHOOL KIDS BUT MAYBE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS WOULD BE OK.
I LIKE THIS SERIES, BUT I WAS READY FOR A BREAK, FOR SOMETHING MORE LIGHT. THIS IS A GREAT EPIC FANTASY.
If you are a frequent reader of fantasy epics, they tend to share this flaw. The middle book doesn't really change the characters, except that everything goes wrong for the good guys, and the book ends with all the characters in dire straits. This book follows that same formula. I'm enjoying the series, and will read the next one, but it wasn't gripping, and there were no big surprises.
I love to read. I also love to write. I'm a harsh critic and very, very, very rarely give five star reviews to anything. Three stars for me is an average representation of literature and not a bad review by any stretch.
I liked that the story continues the saga of Royce and Hadrian and develops them further. I think they are becoming more flushed out as characters.
Two things tied for least liked. First was the constant head popping into other, minor, almost unimportant characters. Other than Arista, I think it that there were too many other POV characters.
Second was, again, the seeming lack of a true climax to the story. Theft of Swords suffered from the same problem. The story seemed to rise to a certain point and maintain that level from almost begining to end.
The development of Arista's character was most interesting.
Rise of Empire, like Theft of Swords, is a fun story to read. Although, as I said before, the lack of what seems to be a true climax is disappointing. Unlike Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire does not take a lot of time to get going and much of the droning, seemingly uncalled for, information dumps are gone.
You can certain enjoy it. The character development is excellent. It just isn't a top tier story. But don't take that to mean that I think it sucks either. It doesn't.
The sophomoric treatment. The weak rambling story line. The lack of real depth of most of the characters. The lack of pace.
Let someone else write it. Though, for what it's worth, most of the worthwhile writers are dead, and the living fantasy writers are all children, appealing to readers who apparently don't recognize good writing with perhaps the exception of Sanderson's Mistborn series. In any case, this isn't remotely that, despite the reviews, not in a long shot.
The first in the series was weak enough. The rumor was that this installment was considerably better. Seems more of the same. The essence of the story, the idea of the relationship between the thieves is a good one. Unfortunately, the execution, storyline and supporting characters are shallow and unappealing with few exceptions, essentially caricatures, and ramble.
Very little happens in this book, and none of it is good. This book cannot stand on its own. Gone is the fun of the first book. I think you could skip this one and pick right up with the last one. I will be reading reviews carefully before chancing the last book.
The first book is an adventure story. Nice mysteries, etc. This story, the second one, wants to be a soap opera. We get to go DEEP with the characters and there are SO MANY of them and things happen to them (a pretense at development) ...and it's another day in TV land acting AGAIN. I got about 12 hours into it but when they start talking about auctioning off another woman's maidenhead (aka marry her off to someone she doesn't want to marry)...I just sighed. This was the second? third? love interest angle in the story. An ADVENTURE STORY? Not again. That was the last straw. With the King Killer Chronicles...the author doesn't bait and switch you... you find out in book one, from the very beginning, that his story is going to be about character and a LOT of detail...but the story will move forwards and a thousand characters will not be developed...just one, really. In the Dresden stories, the author starts out with an adventure story that goes deeper with each book. Layers are slowly allowed to accumulate. Fun stuff really. No bait and switch. It's a slow, gradual process. With the Titus Groans series... you are DEFINITELY made aware that the details will ABOUND and that it will get REALLY surreal and thick. No starting off with an interesting, light and fluffy story in book one that will be lost beneath TV land acting in book two... and stereotypical "character" development that can be handled in quick little bite-sized chunks. VERY EZ to digest. Ugh. And...HECK. I really liked book one. I can't even finish this one. That stinks. I liked the mysteries. Found them interesting. These new characters, etc. .... are mostly boring and predictible. If you like the type of kind of writing found in Game of Thrones, Royal Assasin, etc.... you'll probably enjoy this. Get your popcorn ready freddy baby. I'm outta here. Darnit.
"Riyria Revelations series gets even better"
I loved this second volume of the Riyria Revelations - Rise of Empire. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a brilliant job of narrating the characters, each with their own voice and character. War in Melengar, a continued search for the Heir of Novron, Princess Arista, Amelia, the Empress - wow what a story. I couldn't stop listening. I'm now onto the final instalment of the Riyria Revelations and it just gets better.
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