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
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Kudos again to Michael Sullivan for his truly amazing world and characters and to Tim Reynolds for bringing them to life in the audible version.
From the author, "In many ways, the The Riyria Revelations is the story of two rogues who become unlikely heroes as they find themselves in the midst of the political shifts in the world in which they live." I wish to add that they weather all of this with the honor that knights only strive for. ... Well Hadrian does but Royce is getting there.
Arista continues to grow from the pampered princess to someone that all women should strive to be in good times and in bad. Her struggles to understand her magical side and to develop her ability, mostly on her own, is very inspirational (& impressive).
This trilogy just keeps getting better and better, though I am feeling very sleep deprived because I can't seem to turn it off.
I'm not sure how I feel about these books. It lacks real complexity and seems more like a series of short stories instead of a book. At the same time, I enjoyed listening to it. The characters went out to accomplish things and they had definite conclusions. It's nice to see this instead of a story where there is one goal and 500 things keep deterring its success.
I would recommend this book but its much more of a relaxing listen then a mind blowing tail.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
Well worth the lot of time to read. The second book gets lost. Definitely NOT epic! Large is the right word.
This review covers both Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, the second and third books in the Theft of Swards trilogy. Any series of books that can hold my attention for 70+ hours and leave me wanting more is a winner. On top of discovering one of my new favorite narrators, I found the books amusing, swashbuckling, and a romp of a fantasy.
The author is not afraid to left Royce, Hadrian and Arista experience both victory and pain. Recurrent characters pop up throughout the trilogy and add continuity and bind the stories together. Originally written as six stand alone books, the trilogy is wisely packaged in three volumes. The main characters and their joint and individual stories are well developed. I felt I knew them and I missed them when it was over.
I am giving the story only four out of five stars because the author leaves subtle but essential clues throughout the books that are hard to remember after such a long narration. He is a bit too clever for his own good at times. When listening, remember, nothing is irrelevant. I was confused by the ending of Heir of Novron. Luckily, I had purchased both the audio and Kindle version and I was able to do a search of the Kindle text to find the answer. It annoyed me I had to resort to looking back.
I had a couple other quibbles with the excessive details in Rise of Empire about every type of mast or sail on a ship and how to operate it in various types of weather. As a reader, I wanted to story to move on and it almost sank. The search for the lost city was puzzling when it turned out that many people knew where it was.
Those quibbles aside, I highly recommend the Theft of Swords trilogy. It is so much better than others series I have tried, such as The Elvenbane (uneven and disjointed) and The Kingkiller Chronicles (so boring I returned the first book and won't revisit).
The second book develops the story. But really . . . Hadrian and Royce are prisoners again . . . and again . . . and again. The detailed description of the whipping of the woman and the men could have been left out and the story would have proceeded just as well. Sometimes it seemed the author really wanted to dwell on dark things. And as one would expect, the good guys are left in a bad way at the end.
I gave the first book in this trilogy a second listen before I listened to the second, Rise of Empire, and the third, and found it just as absorbing and entertaining as I had the first time. From the start of the first to the end of third I just hated to turn my player off, and when I did come to the end I longed for more! The wit and banter keep this story on it's toes. The characters are full fleshed and believable, very well developed. The reader is excellent, which is so important to me. I highly recommend!
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 probably wouldn't listen to it again, because I'm fairly new in this genre, and not really to the point of running out of things to listen to.
I read this after reading "Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss. The character development was a little slower in this series, but by the end of the 1st book, I was thoroughly engaged. This is a really solid series. I have since finished the Mistborn Trilogy, and I like Riyira Revelations a lot more.
This was another great performance by TGR, I really enjoyed his narration of this entire series.
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