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Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 26 hours and 30 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 May 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B28NXXU
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Rise of empire collects together two of the six Riyria Revelations books into an omnibus edition.
It has also separately been published as 'Nyphron Rising' & 'The Emerald Storm'.

Part One - Nyphron Rising.
Thrace has been named Empress Modina and heir of Noviron. Traumatised and valued only for her symbolic value her fate lies in the hands of a former scullery maid Amilia who is appointed as her Aide. Bishop Saldur has esconced himself as the power behind the throne. The reestablished Empire declares itself and sets about conquering the remaining independent kingdoms. Arista - now ambassador - seeks to unite the remaining kingdoms against the empire finds no-one will take a witch seriously. Hadrian discovers his family past and the heavy burden of inherited obligations. The noose closes around the free kingdoms as the Imperial armies close in on the city of Ratibor. Arista and Hadrian find that the burden of responsibility can extract a heavy price from those you care for.

Part Two - The Emerald Storm.
The Empire turns its eyes to the key defensive city of Melengar. If it falls so does all oposition. Royce and Hadrian team up for the last time to intercept Imperial agents on the high seas posing as crew of the Emerald Storm. Pirates , Goblins and Royce's old partner are only the most obvious treats on the trip. Arista begins to master her magic and tries to reach the empress to end the war. Old friends are revealed to be old enemies and lost friends are found and lost again.

The volume gives us an epic journey with Royce and Hadrian. Arista is forced to assume responsibilities and face their cost. And the church exposes itself as the major player behind the new Empire.
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I bought the first book as it was recomended by Amazon - and thought it was good. Not a top one, but a good enjoyable read. The one fault was that Hadrian and Royce did not seem fleshed out enough. This is rectified in the second book, and you get a much better idea about what makes the characters tick. Other characters such as princess Arissa are fleshed out more also.

Like the first book this is split into two seperate stories, which works well. Less gumpf and more plotting/action.

My only gripe is it would have been nice to see Myron the Monk again. He was brilliant in the first book and it's a real same we have not seem him again since. Same with King Alric - it would be nice to see how he is developing as King - but you hardly see him

Overall I recomend this as I did the last one and am looking forward to book 3.
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Having read the first volume, Theft of Swords, in this trilogy, I could not help myself, I had to have the second straight away, and began reading almost as quickly! Once again the story moves along at a good lick, with barely a pause between storylines which were interwoven with skill and dexterity by Michael J Sullivan. Once again I found myself rooting for Royce and Hadrian as they got into (and out of) one messy scrape after another, and always with that glass half empty glass half full humour going on between them. So very pleased these books popped up in my Amazon Recommendations, I can not recommend them highly enough myself.

If you like Fantasy and you're still hesitant, don't be, get out there and read them! You will not regret it, because these books have just about everything in them you could want. Action, adventure, intrigue, a dash of romance, and humour found in just about all of it! Fabulous. I have already bought the third one!
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(Major spoilers for Theft of swords and minor spoilers for Rise of Empire)

If you enjoyed the first two novels within the theft of swords bind up, you'll adore this. Rise of Empire contains book 3 (Nyphron Rising) and 4 (The Emerald storm). This was - as expected - a joy to read. The end of Book 2 (Avempartha) really increased the scope of the world and whilst we still have the fantastic banter and chemistry between Royce and Hadrian we're also introduced to more places, go on bigger adventures and meet a multitude of new characters including Thrace's saviour and assistant (now that she's the empress Modina) Ameilla - fantastic- and the mysterious Nimbus, who shows Modina how to survive court politics.

There's a new antagonist for the guys in Merrick Marius - one of the best creations I've read in a long time, he's a genuine intellectual equal for Riyria and a fantastic addition to the series.

Arista shows fantastic growth in these novels too; I thought she was excellent in theft of swords but she really comes into her own here and her adventures with Royce and Hadrian are great. She becomes a linchpin within the story and it's all the better for it.

The novels have the perfect blend of humour, punchy dialogue, intrigue, battles and mystery. A vast world and plot are presented to the reader but it alls presented and handled meticulously by the author so that it's easy to follow and most importantly: it's fun. So many fantasy novels are convoluted, gratuitously violent and dour for the sake of it but here any sadness or serious moment feels earned and you can really emphasise with the characters.

Enjoy the journey.

10/10
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