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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,662 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Sullivan Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Riyria Revelations Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464036125
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Fans of magic, sword clashes, and valiant heroes will welcome this second volume of the Riyria Revelations series. Rise of Empire is divided into two books: Nyphron Rising and the Emerald Storm. Here we find Royce and Hadrian on a new adventure, this time to enlist the Nationalists of the South to help the weakened and threatened kingdom of Melengar.

Royce has suspicions that an arcane sorcerer is manipulating their quest, but in order to discover the truth, he must first decode the past of his partner Hadiran, and this is a history Hadrian would rather keep a mystery.

Both like-able and realistic, the personalities of Royce--a young man with cocky swagger and mean sword fighting skills--and Hadrian--his counterpart with a more straight laced, wise demeanor--play well off of one another throughout the series and have become beloved heroes to fans worldwide.

In this audiobook, narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds once again sparks the imagination of listeners with his vibrant storytelling talents.

Michael J. Sullivan is both an artist and an author. He is best known for his epic fantasy, the Riyria cycle, which has been translated into fourteen languages. The Riyria Revelations is a six book series and The Riyria Chronicles is an ongoing collection of fiction. The latter focuses on the early mischief and mayhem of the two main protagonists Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater. In 2012, io9 named Sullivan one of the most successful self-published sci-fi and fantasy authors.

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.n Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chap | 10/26/2016

    " Rise of Empire is the second book written by Michael J. Sullivan in the Ryeria series. The books are long but well worth it. It was great! Hadrian and Royce, the protagonist in the series are fantastic. Can't wait for the last in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey Sanders | 2/13/2014

    " I continue to enjoy the storytelling in this series. The dialog between characters tends towards the stilted side, but I'm willing to overlook it for what is a very fun and interesting plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikaela | 2/11/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book! Although I didn't really have the time to read it I just couldn't put it down. The author writes in such an amazing way that you can be biting your nails in anticipation at one point and then laughing out loud the next. I received more than a few weird looks for doing just that while reading on the train. Cant wait to read the next one!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Turner | 2/2/2014

    " So glad I found this series. It's the best I've read for a long time. I couldn't put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delma | 1/30/2014

    " Fantastic. Fast. Did not want to put down till done. Did not want the story to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/21/2014

    " Wonderful, the best new author of fantasy I have read in a very long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Wagner | 1/18/2014

    " The adventures of thief Royce Melborn and mercenary Hadrian Blackwater continue in this volume of the Riyria Revelations. As the New Empire emerges under the direction of the Empress Modina, who used to be a girl called Thrace, and armies march to battle, Royce and Hadrian struggle to find their role in the course of events. A secret of Hadrian's past is reveled, but much remains shrouded in mystery as the characters fight to determine what will happen to the world of Elan. A fun read, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gamedoll | 1/14/2014

    " I love each characters and very well written. high recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Garland | 1/12/2014

    " We listened to this using an audible.com download. A great way to spend the evening rather than watch TV. A good adventure fantasy suitable for all audiences. The plot contains sword fighting, heroes, villains, magic and in has an unpredictable story line. The audible narrator is excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/12/2014

    " I wrote a review of the first volume of this series, Theft of Swords, and will not add anything here except to say this is a must-read second volume in this trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Godley | 1/8/2014

    " The epic tale continues with more fighting, some sailing and a new set of bad guys "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie_blu | 1/6/2014

    " The sequel to "Theft of Swords" is just as much fun to read as the first book (again, this book is actually two books in one). Amazing characters, plot, and action. Loved it and can't wait for the final installment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/19/2013

    " This wasjust as good as the first, I really enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/16/2013

    " A great read! In no way does it fall victim to middle of the trilogy boringness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/7/2013

    " Got sucked in AGAIN. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 11/8/2013

    " I had to rush to finish it (ILL) but it was better than the first "one" (two). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Smith | 5/13/2013

    " Need to go out and get the last book in this series right now! do not read this book unless you have the last book ready to read it after this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/8/2013

    " Once again I am impressed with this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fafnir123 | 4/14/2013

    " Start of slow.The third book is basically a build up for Emerald Storm.So much politic and intrigue.And we get to see more of Hadrian past in Emarald Storm.Fun and exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sa'id Cortijo | 3/19/2013

    " really good follow-up book. lots of back story was relieved. last book(s) should be good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Downs | 1/23/2013

    " Better than the first. Lots of neat little surprises in there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 1/13/2013

    " A well crafted series with great characters, evocative settings and well paced plot. Go read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Keyes | 12/10/2012

    " The story gets just gets better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayla | 11/20/2012

    " I loved how for most of the book the clues were not ouright obviouse this i was continually sur;prised when certain things became appreant. Royce is still my favorite character in the series. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elton | 11/18/2012

    " Just as good as the first collection. Looking forward to the third. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saeed Sabbagh | 9/5/2012

    " great follow up to theft of swords really pulls you in "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/31/2012

    " I've had a wonderful time with Rise of Empire this week. The characters continue to evolve and surprise. Really looking forward to January and the release of the next volumes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 6/5/2012

    " The exploits of Hadrian and Royce get better as the story increases in scope. "

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About the Author
Author Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. His debut series, the Riyria Revelations, has sold more than 265,000 copies. The series has also been translated to thirteen foreign languages including German, Dutch, French, and Japanese. His success led him into mainstream publishing where he was awarded the 2010 Iceberg Ink Review’s Best Fantasy Novel Award, among others. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Tim Gerard Reynolds is an established audiobook narrator who has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration. He trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center at Trinity College in Dublin and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Connecticut.