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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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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-30-12
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!"

    This book picks up after a year or so after the end of first book where Church has found a lost leader and started to form an Empire.

    Our combo of elvish assassin and burly fighter find themselves working for the king of Melengar as spies that book start to focus a lot more on the politics and intrigue. I enjoyed this portion of the book that author does not let the narrative get dull with endless chatter. Some of the characters are cunning yet funny.

    Scope of the story is larger, and yet book almost manage to move as fast as the previous book (though there were few moments which I thought were kind of a drag).

    Author provides a lot more depth to the characters of Royce and Hadrian. Back stories of Royce and Hadrian is been flushed out which is masterfully integral to the over all story.

    There are twists in this book which caught me by surprised. Arista's development as person and as an practitioner of the 'art' continues, and it is a fun ride.

    Sense of humor between two thieves is still fresh and fun.

    Narrator did a great job, and book is really a fun listen. This audio series is turning into one of my favorite. This book has setup nicely for the last in series for which I cant wait!

    I highly recommend this book and series.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Julieann MCMINNVILLE, OR, United States 05-24-12
    Julieann MCMINNVILLE, OR, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Super!!"
    What did you love best about Rise of Empire?

    This is my favorite new series. It has great characters the story is fast moving and has the depth that I look for. Truly a great read. I have recommended it to all my family and friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Royce was my favorite character because his dry humor reminded me of my father.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    He is a great performer. I think he really gets a great feel for the characters before he even starts his work. I don't believe that I could honestly choose.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 05-21-12
    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Would make a great tv show!"

    If anyone could transition this to tv without mucking around with it to make everybody in love with everybody else, or whatever idiot changes they always seem to make when adapting somebody else's work, this series would make for fabulous television.

    Royce and Hadrian, the main characters, have that 'odd couple' relationship that makes for fun banter and frequent bickering. There is plenty of straight-forward action with sword fights, battles, daring escapes, rescues, robberies, etc. There are also lots of secrets and lies, betrayals and conspiracies. I hate it whenever I have to stop listening, because I'm wondering what's going to happen next.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 01-03-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The second book delivers"

    I was pleasantly surprised that this book (books 3 and 4) did not suffer from the sophomore curse. This was on par with the first novel and I enjoyed it every bit as much. There are loads of different characters but the main focus is still on the main characters Royce and Hadrian. I love these characters and I can't wait for the next book.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 03-26-13
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012

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    "More adventures for our lovable cast"

    I really enjoyed Theft Of Swords, the first installment of this series. The main characters, Royce and Hadrian, have an enjoyable banter - if literally superhuman skills and luck - and a skill for adventure. This set of two books further explores the mystery set up in the first two: mainly, there is some big event coming that threatens humanity, and a powerful manipulative force fighting for chaos, and the duo known as Riyeria are needed to save the world as they know it.

    The book further develops the back story and explores the relationship of the partners, as well as the characters Arista, Thrace (Modina), Magnus the Dwarf, and minor but crucial characters such as Myron and Saldor. The adventures of the cast are tempered by sad tragedies, and the author doesn't shy away from depicting the senselessness of death and the grotesque bloodthirstiness of certain elements of humanity.

    I've read a short story by Michael J. Sullivan, and he is careless with his grammar and punctuation to a degree that is distracting. I'm so glad that I listened to these books instead. The narrator does a great job of creating distinct voices for everyone and imbuing each scene with appropriate shades of everything from humor to heartbreak in a way that enhanced the experience.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Blair Mission, TX, United States 05-15-12
    Blair Mission, TX, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This is becoming one of my favorite series"

    There are a few series that, after finishing a volume, leave me with an almost obsessive urge to get the next volume and continue the story. The Dark Tower books by Stephen King and The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan are two examples (I actually had "Michael Jordan" written... glad I caught that). After finishing the second volume of Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations I am left with this same feeling. I want the next book...right now! I think I will just have to go buy the print version - if the local book store has it - because this story is really, really good. Definitely do not buy it if you haven't read the first volume though. In that case, go get "Theft of Swords" and hope that by the time you get to the end of "Rise of Empire" audible has released the next book in the series.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-29-14
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Solid Middle Books of the Series"

    Although Volume 2 of the Ryria Revelations contains two books, Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm, I still felt how I usually feel after reading the middle book of a good trilogy - unsatisfied with how things are left off and ready for more.

    Royce and Hadrian continue their adventures and do some digging into their pasts, while Arista sets off on her own and faces some serious challenges. Each of the characters is flushed out some and the bigger picture continues to come into focus. For me, The Emerald Storm was a bit of a tangent and did not advance the main storyline as much as I would have hoped, but any story involving Royce and Hadrian is entertaining so I'm not complaining.

    Tim Gerard Reynolds does his normal excellent job bringing the characters to life and at this point I could not imagine anyone else voicing them. So if you enjoyed Volume 1 there is no reason to hesitate on picking this one up, just keep in mind that the story doesn't end here and you will have to pick up Volume 3 as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 05-23-13
    Ryan CA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great continuation from 'Theft of Swords'"

    This is Book 2 in the Riyria trilogy and it's as good as the first. It was great to spend more time with Hadrian and Royce.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Quintero Chicago, IL United States 04-15-13
    A. Quintero Chicago, IL United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think the narator did an excellent job of playing all the characters, the story is interesting and the characters in general kept the story alive.


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

    Maybe to the golden compass, because of the threat of a power hungry, self righteous "authority" who wants to dominate the world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Morbidly, I liked the scene when Haydrian and Royce reach the princess after they find out they were tricked. How Haydrian comforts the princess. You begin to realize that something is there even though they themselves are not aware of it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    The series in general is great. I've read some negative comments about the characters but in this set you start to understand them much more. You see them change, evolve and grow into real heroes...something they were not expecting of themselves.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-02-13
    Michelle 01-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A good continuation"
    Would you listen to Rise of Empire again? Why?

    Maybe - the story is good and entertaining, but I'm not sure there is enough depth to listen to the series over and over again. As another reviewer mentioned it's sometimes annoying in how easily the conflicts are overcome.

    It might be one worth bringing out again later when I just need a fun "light" listen. The adventures are fun and move at a good pace.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael J. Sullivan? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I wouldn't expect to be wowed.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure, but he is a very good narrator and would like to see what other stories he's narrated.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • D Mills
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    "Riyria Revelations series gets even better"

    I loved this second volume of the Riyria Revelations - Rise of Empire. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a brilliant job of narrating the characters, each with their own voice and character. War in Melengar, a continued search for the Heir of Novron, Princess Arista, Amelia, the Empress - wow what a story. I couldn't stop listening. I'm now onto the final instalment of the Riyria Revelations and it just gets better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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