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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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  • Jacob
  • Salem, OR, United States
  • 07-23-12

Sullivan's series matures.

I don't like recycled characters. For the most part, Sullivan introduces new characters nicely and realistically. We start this volume with the rapid rise of a new character, which is emotional and smartly written. Sullivan has a tight grasp on who his antagonists are but is able to layer their motivations with more nuance than in the prior volume. Sadly, one character comes from the prior volume and it feels a bit clunky. A twist at the end makes up for that, however.

My other complaint is the number of times our hero's are captured then manage to convenient escape. This reminds me of the TV Series "24". Jack Bauer or family gets captured because they don't call for back up and then get guarded by one inept guard.

Beyond that, the action sequences are easily visualized and the storyline is enjoyable. Tim Gerard Reynolds gives a fantastic performance. It is his best voice acting to date. Product removed to much space between segments and it is difficult to tell when a new scene has begun.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Barefoot rabbit

Discussion after Discussion
The Barefoot Rabbit, tells it as it is. I have a reputation for giving negative reviews, but not when it comes to Michael J. Sullivan. I have read several of his books and this would be the first negative review, but this book bored me to tears. I gave it over five hours, which is two hours longer than I give unknown authors, but it just never captured my attention.

Reynolds is an upper tier narrator, no problems there.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Gotta get Volume 3

Oh wow, it's over and left me hanging. After all those hours of listening, there are giant twists and turns in the end that will propel you right on to the conclusion in volume 3. Royce and Hadrian are on a quest to find Merek, which will lead them to the emperor. Arista is on her own quest to find the abducted emperor. What they do find is full of surprises, deceit, death and heartbreak. This is an excellent series, will recommend it to all those that love epic fantasy.

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Simply outstanding.

All fantasy is cut from the same block. The same characters, creatures and kingdoms are tweaked and reused. That's fine for most fantasy fans: more of what already works isn't a bad thing. Truly great fantasy, however, is more. Riyria, while tough to pronounce, is just that. The action, swords, magic and creatures that make fantasy great are all present. But the fast paced, interweaving story lines and suspense of unknown political perils unfolding keep it fresh.

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My 2nd time listening, fantastic!!

I was able to pick up clues that I had missed the first time around about things and understood things better, because the plot is so intricately woven, so daring and such a fantastic book. I've enjoyed it even more then any other author except for Jim Butcher! Don't even hesitate, just get the set, you won't regret it!! 10 stars, & I have read all the fantasy authors, these books are at the top, including greats such as Jordan and Martin.

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Great Series!

The Riyria Series of books should be on the big screen. Truly interesting and enjoyable adventures!

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Getting frustrated

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that the characters and lifestyles of this world are so completely foreign, but so similar to ours is hard to grasp. I constantly find myself cursing like they would, or saying their phrases... I forget that Marabor, Novron, Arista, Royce, and Hadrian aren't real.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely love the characters, love the world that has been created for them, and love that in general the characters stay true to what they are. However, there have been times where I want to skip ahead because I feel like things are being over explained, or just... Over emphasized. I do love the writing, but at times I am disappointed that he continues to rehash certain circumstances, or explanations of why people act a certain way. If you've made it this far, you shouldn't have to be reminded constantly of the general circumstances of this world. At least not the ones that have clearly been explained from different perspectives. I also feel like the story has climaxed too soon. I guess I'll see at the end of Heir of Novron.

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The Plot Thickens

Here the story does began to expand. Here we learn of the ancient plottings of those to control the empire and the counter-plots of those trying to preserve the freedom of mankind, albeit at great personal, and moral, expense. This sounds very epic but this book tells the story in a very personal way. The characters at the center of all this action are very engaging. This is a strongly plotted novel and can be enjoyed purely in this fashion. It is a bonus that the characters are so entertaining. Royce and Hadrian are two lovable rogues who are starting to develop a conscience.

Tim Gerard Reynolds again delivers a great rendering of this text into my ears. He relates the dialog with style and aplomb; much more than a straight reading. He is not afraid to add emotion to his voice when it will enhance the text.

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Do it. You know you have to you read the first one

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a must read series it has everything.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of Empire?

all

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

all

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

ending made me want more

Any additional comments?

do it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Yoshi Ex
  • Orlando, FL United States
  • 10-23-13

Getting better

If you could sum up Rise of Empire in three words, what would they be?

This series does get better as you develop more of a connection to the main characters. This series is definitely a worthy listen / read and most definitely should be experienced by fantasy fans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful