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
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
enjoyable plot and characters - action and comedy and well performed - all around and very enjoyable book
I will be getting the sequel
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This was a fun book. It is better than the first, with more depth of character and more plot twists. I would give it 3 1/2 stars but it wont let me.
I enjoyed the entire series, and want to listen to all the books again. There is a lot of complexity in the stories and one can't comprehend everything in one listening. Plus, good books are always worth reading more than once.
I've never read a series like this one.
I enjoy the scenes when Hadrian and Royce are joking about what other careers they could do instead of being professional thieves and when Royce is trying to disway Hadrian from being so trusting.
Yes, which is impossible since it is many, many hours long. However, I did listen for many hours at a time which I usually don't do.
Tim Gerard Reynolds, the narrator, did a masterful job reading the books. He had so many voices for each character, I always knew who was speaking. He did an amazing job with Arista's voice, a woman, he conveyed her as strong and not whining. And the voices of Royce and Hadrian I think are spot on. I can't think of them sounding like anyone else.
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This had become one of my favorite series in a long time, so much so that when I ran out of credits after the second series I BOUGHT the final one! Well worth the price
I would recommend this to a friend in an instant! The team of Sullivan and Reynolds are their own Riyria, making this the best Author/Performer mix!
The story is intense and the characters are ones you either love or love to hate. The humor throughout is perfectly balanced with lots of wit, and I often find myself cheering out loud for some of the characters.
He brings EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. to LIFE!!! It's just a great experience and I really can't imagine being introduced to this series without his portrayal of these characters.
Wow . . . tough question . . . I'm sure there are a lot of great ideas, but this pathetic offering is the only thing I could come up with right now:
Love, Betrayal, Loss, Friendship, Family, Magic, Beasts - Battles come in all shapes and sizes, but the outcomes have only two alternatives: Win or Lose.
It wasn't until this set that I realized just how much research Sullivan has done! Most of my graduate work was in the Age of Sail and the nautical terminology, the feel for life on board ship, and the way ranks worked were worthy of O'Brian and Forester.
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