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Rise of Empire Audiobook

Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

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Publisher's Summary

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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    David Shaw Miami, FL 04-10-17
    David Shaw Miami, FL 04-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the first book"

    The first book spent too much time info dumping information about the world.

    This book takes you straight into the action and events and doesn't let up.

    Good times!

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    Aaron W. 04-05-17
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    "A good story"

    Mr. Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators. It is amazing how one individual can make a story come to life.

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    Cody 04-05-17
    Cody 04-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    The way the author writes is incredoble, and I love reading his books. I will say that this book took a long path through a lot of nothing, but I wouldn't be the least surprised to find out that it impacts the story later on. Because that's how he writes. I give it 4.5 stars overall! Also, the ending will leave you dying. Have fun!

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    Amazon Customer 04-04-17
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    "Excellent story, wonderful narration"

    Another adventure lived. I love the story, the characters, the narrator is excellent and I'm sad there's only one more volume to go.

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    Cole 03-30-17
    Cole 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent reading and book"

    that was fantastic. great story telling, and a great performance. I would highly recommend this book.

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    S. Ruth Fl, USA 03-28-17
    S. Ruth Fl, USA 03-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story!"

    Action, comedy, some loss/sorrow, overall a great story. A bit idealistic which is something I like, never too dark or gorey, nor too sexual/etc. the situations are believable enough and the story goes well with some twists and turns.

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    Brian Fredrick 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic bridge novel"

    Good bridge between first and third books. If you read the first book and are considering the second, you should be aware reading this book is a commitment to just go ahead and finish the series. It cliffhangs empire style!! Overall I definitely recommend this book!

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    Dylan 03-16-17
    Dylan 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Transparent storyline."

    You'll see it coming for miles. Very disappointed in book 4, forced story telling that drags you through disappointment.

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-12-17
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "As good as the first volume"

    I was very happy to discover that the second book was just as great as the first. The author found ways to keep the story exciting and moving along. Narration as usual was excellent.

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    Odinson41 03-07-17
    Odinson41 03-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    I loved this book. I struggle with new books and authors not meeting my expectations, but these books are great. The characters are witty, and humorous, while the story gripping. Fantastic listen

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    "amazing"

    amazing really good book would highly recommend. good story line lots of twists and turns

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  • gordon
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    7/12/15
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    "Continues on from the 1st book just as good."

    Micheal J Sullivan nows how to wtite and Mr Reynalds reads well.
    The audio book was such fun to listen to.
    If you like fantacy you'll love this and even if you don't this is a fun series to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    5/28/15
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    "Good story well told"

    overall it won't light the world on fire, but it's an interesting story, which is also well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ivar
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    "Hope it never ends"

    my English isn't the best as you can maybe see, but as the title says hope it never ends, the characters and the plot/storyline is awesome, the reader is great his old guy voice is just perfect, totally worth buying.

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  • Fraze
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    "Not the fast paced read of the first instalment."

    This second book in the trilogy promises much but delivers way less than the first part of the story.
    The 'Americanisms' in the story are pretty cringeworthy with the use of terms like 'cookie' for biscuits, 'crazy' in stead of mad and 'honey' to give an affectionate term, all seem totally out of place in the context of the tale's setting.
    Perhaps I'm being a little picky but I did not rate this as highly as the first part.
    It's all very tongue in cheek, easy reading /listening anyway but it looses its grip and ability to enthuse about half way through this particular book, for me anyway.
    It's still well read and a good performance but I just didn't enjoy this as much as its prequel.
    Here's hoping the next book and the final one in this trilogy reverts back to the pace of the first.

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  • Frances
    9/12/16
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    "So good, I was ready to rate it 5 stars before finishing it!"

    I must admit, I was a teensy bit on the fence about the narrator's skills in the first performance, but this, the second one, I thought was excellent. The story is superlative fantasy fare, with royalty, conspiracy, battles, intrigue, double-dealing, journeys and new cites and peoples to get to know, all expertly woven into a rapid pace tale that kept me sat in the car, outside my house, rapt, and not able to tear myself away from the listen.

    The reluctant and basically indentured Empress Modina is a great twist to the tale, and Royce and Hadrian are the best pair of linked protagonists I think I've come across since Robin Hobb's Fitz and The Fool.

    Super reading, definitely recommended

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  • Daniel
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    6/30/16
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    "good"

    another solid and highly entertaining installment from both author and narrator, well worth the credit.

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  • Dee
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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