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
Yes I would recommend it, because it is a good book. There are two books in this book and I wasn't as keen on the second half The Emerald Storm. It is important to the progression of the series, but the events were just not as much to my liking. That said I still have listened to this book three times too.
As I said with the review of The Crown Tower, the complexity and detail in the whole series is similar to Tolkien's detail in The Lord of the Rings, yet different enough to be set apart.
He literally performs the book so it is like listening to a movie. His characterizations are so detailed the characters come off the page and seem to sit with you in the car. This is also due to the great source material. Regardless of how good a narrator is, if the source material is not good the performance will be not as good too.
Yes often. While I did not cry during any of the books, I was on the edge of my seat several times and was sad.
I really enjoyed the first Riyria book, as simple as it was, particularly for a few of its interesting characters, promising set-up, and what felt like competent writing. This sequel promised more of this--but suffered from a complete lack of focus (or editing). The first part's plot dragged (prepare for discussion after discussion) so that very little occurs until nearly midway, but I was willing to just listen (on 1.5x) and wait, believing that the pace would pick up and everything would come together more elegantly in the second.
Instead, the second part of the book sounded as if it had been cut and pasted out of some ridiculous 50's maritime jungle island adventure book. A it was just that--ridiculous. As soon as they got of the ship, I don't know how many times I rolled my eyes or wondered when something was actually going to happen. Predictable and/or flat plot 'twists' galore are dragged out for no reason other than to take up another full book so that three can be sold instead of one or two. It seems like Sullivan wasn't sure where he was going with the story and just wrote in a lot of filler for fun. (Hmm...I've gotten my fun with the dragon-fighting adventure, ticked off the generic sea adventure gun battle part...now let's put Royce and Hadrian on a jungle trek with typical challenges and lots of shifty 'savages'! Wouldn't that be fun?) No.
The characters are really the only compelling aspect of this rather flat book. If not for my affection for a few of them (namely Hadrian and Arista), I would have zero motivation to find out what happens in the third installment. I'm still not sure I care enough to find out after this disappointingly typical middle book.
Myself a geeky engineer. I like in the following order, 1 - SciFi, 2 - Fantasy, 3 - Thrillers, 4 - Mysteries. My most most memorable book was "Dune" by Frank Herbert. My most thought provoking book, "On A Pale Horse" by Peirce Anthony.
The story has kept my interest with a cliff hanger each time. I find myself chuckling out loud when hadrian cracks his sarcastic jokes. On to the next book in the series.
i am not good with words but i will do my best. first off. i love the series. this being the second of the original three some starts off with the same flow for me as the original. it has everything i love in a good story. interesting characters that i at times relate with. grand adventures to far off places and death defining task that make my heart race even after reading multiple times. but to sum it up the book does not disappoint. if you like the first then you are sure to love this as well.
Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
In the first two books (volume 1), you will fall in love with Hadrian and Royce, they will be your main reason for picking up volume 2. Unfortunately, they aren't as much in focus this time around, and I found myself less attached to them in these books compared to the previous ones. They seemed less fun and more serious. Still, I loved the first volume so much that I'll finish the trilogy, hopefully volume 3 will make up for volume 2 falling a bit flat.
The narrator continues with his excellent narration. The story how ever does not keep up the pace of the first book. Still a goid plot with excellent twists. Hopefully the pace will pick up again in the third and final volume of the series
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