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
Audio Addict Capt Kirk
GOOD but NOT Great... Series started well, 1st rate, but has gradually declined. I get the feeling that writer was in a hurry and story slipped from Adult to Young Adult. I had high hopes for the series and pray it recovers.
I believe that the story just keeps getting better. Rags to riches, Royalty to wash maids, heroes to villains, plenty of intriguing plots. Experience this saga yourself.
Ultimately, the plot twists are predictable and many of the "high tension" scenes aren't that dramatic. Then there are in-between scenes that move far too slowly, and there are so many 'Eagles of LoTR' that make the story reminiscent of early 80s adventure movies.
...and then, in this no-way-out situation, or heros are saved by...
Other than THESE elements, the characters are great, the dialogues are interesting, and I dig all the moving parts! I would like to have learned more about the goblins (ba ran gazal) because they seem pretty bad ass, but the author had to narrow the scope somewhere, and he sends to have chosen the geopolitical elements over the hero's quest archetype and I can get behind that.
The story continues in much the same way as the first volume. Two gran adventures that put new puzzles into place. Each element that is introduced furthers the story and makes things clearer while adding more questions. Best of all, the comedy continues and the characters only seem to grow in complexity.
wonderful story and great performance. I'm looking forward to experiencing the rest of this series. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy. the author has great patience when he describes a scene.
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