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Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2 | [Michael J. Sullivan]

Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

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.
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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

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    Tarot Altamonte Springs, Florida United States 02-25-15
    Tarot Altamonte Springs, Florida United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked the First Half better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Rise of Empire to and why?

    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.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    barefoot rabbit 02-22-15
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

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    Zach 02-21-15
    Zach 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    Very fun story with an incredibly talented Performer. I need to write more words to submit this review ha ha

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    Nathaniel NEWBURYPORT, MA, United States 02-14-15
    Nathaniel NEWBURYPORT, MA, United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    At times I found myself so taken into the story I forgot I was listening.

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    Mark E. Smith Gulfport, Ms USA 01-29-15
    Mark E. Smith Gulfport, Ms USA 01-29-15 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "On to the next cliff hanger"

    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.

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    Tim Brown 01-28-15
    Tim Brown 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "everything i love"

    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.

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    BoB Dupont paris, France 01-27-15
    BoB Dupont paris, France 01-27-15 Member Since 2011

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    "please document yourself"

    The author has not done enough research. sometimes sounds like a teenage author without education.

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    Shahab Sabetnejad 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books

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    "Needed more Hadrian and Royce"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mathew 01-21-15
    Mathew 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    Great story. The plots intertwine seamlessly. A must read for all fantasy readers. If you like George RR Martin, this will fill in the time awaiting his next book.

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    Gaute Tangen 01-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not quite up to pace"

    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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