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Rise Of Empire: The Riyria Revelations (Riyria Revelations 2) [Format Kindle]

Michael J Sullivan
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A puppet is crowned. The true heir remains hidden. A rogue's secret could could change everything.
War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an alliance with the Nationalists who are fighting the Imperialists in the south. But Royce has plans of his own and uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, he must unravel the secret of Hadrian's past--what he discovers may end their friendship and break Riyria in two.And so continues the next volume of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

This is the second omnibus (containing books #3 & #4) in the original series, The Riyria Revelations, from best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan. It takes place twelve years after the events of The Riyria Chronicles and the two series can be read in eithar chronological order or order of publication, although the author suggests reading in publication order.

Publication Order
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
Chronological Order
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1 & #2): contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha
  • Rise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm
  • Heir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & Percepliquis
Other Books by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Hollow World (coming April 2014)
  • Antithesis (release date pending)
  • A Burden to the Earth (release date pending)
Lists and Award Nominations
  • 2012 Mathias Cavanaugh Top 10 Books 
  • 2012 Timothy C. Ward Top 10 Reads 
  • 2011 Civilian Reader's 6 Most Anticipated Reads for Dec 
  • 2010 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy (The Emerald Storm)
  • 2010 Fantasy Book Critic #1 Indie Fantasy 
  • 2010 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist (Nyphron Rising)
Contact Information
  • Twitter: @author_sullivan
  • Website: michaelsullivan-author.com
  • Facebook (author): facebook.com/michael.james.sullivan
  • Facebook (series): facebook.com/riyria
  • email: michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com

Biographie de l'auteur

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael J. Sullivan has lived in Vermont, North Carolina, and Virginia. He worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. The Crown Conspiracy is his first published work. He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children. The author's website can be found at www.riyria.com and on twitter @author_sullivan.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1415 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 816 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0316187704
  • Editeur : Orbit (1 décembre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0356501078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501079
  • ASIN: B005XWC7OC
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Impossible de poser le livre 3 février 2013
Par Sylvia
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C'est surprenant: cette série est de la Fantasy simple, classique, un brin naïve parfois. Et pourtant ça marche. Il y a tant d'énergie, de bonne volonté et de bonne humeur de la part de l'auteur que l'histoire se lit très facilement. Un chapitre en appelle un autre, et nous voilà en train de dévorer le livre. On pense parfois au bonheur simple et attendri que l'on peut ressentir en lisant les premiers romans de Raymond Feist. Bref, c'est bien. C'est super bien, même.
On retrouve les personnages habituels et cette fois l'auteur nous raconte comment l'Eglise va récupérer l'acte héroique de Thrace afin de diriger l'Empire. Le pouvoir des 2 régents diaboliques semble absolu, mais un petit grain de sable risque de tout gâcher. Deux petits grains de sable, en fait : nos 2 super héros Hadrian et Royce, bien sûr !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 palpitant 28 janvier 2013
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je n'arrivais pas à lacher ce livre, il est passionnant de bout en bout. recommandé aux fans de bonne fantasy
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Characters Deeper, Story More Complex, And All In All Fantastic 14 décembre 2011
Par Books31 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Rise of Empire is amazing .

While the first two books (found in Theft of Swords) were fantastic books, they felt much more like stand alones that happened to contain the same group of characters. Now in books 3 and 4 of the series, Sullivan turns this fantastic series into a continuous series.

Readers finally learn more about the heir, we are introduced to new characters that play huge new roles (such as Modina, Amilia, Merrick and Wyatt). And older characters get to play bigger and more important storylines (especially Arista and Saulder).

That said my favorite new aspect of the books is the introduction to Royce and Hadrian's pasts. Readers will get to visit the towns these two each grew up from, discover the source of Hadrian's amazing fighting skills, and even see who put Royce in prison. Each of the two characters are much more flushed out, and we really get to see what makes each of them tick. They are tested in ways we never saw in the previous two books and I have to say they will be tested further in the last installments.

Of course I also loved Arista's growth and discovery. Arista goes from becoming a smart yet pampered princess to something altogether more. She becomes a real character that readers will sympathize with. Fans of the series will root for as she defies the odds and feel sorrow for as the people in her life die around her. Through Arista readers are also finally introduced to magic. As her powers grow, so does her importance in the story, and lets just say she's darn important by the end of book 4.

Of course while that's all well and good, other things to keep in mind are that this book is chalk full of great action scenes, as Hadrian and Royce battle everything from mythical monsters, to religious soldiers, to goblins. All in all this book is fantastic. Sullivan has created quality characters who deepen the story, filled it with non-stop action, and thrown in a good deal of mystery and deception, to the degree that readers themselves wont know what will happen next. All in all a great book and I can't wait for the last in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 And the complexities begin 29 novembre 2011
Par Kyle Goehner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I strongly suggest reading the first two parts of the series, together in the book, "Theft of Swords" prior to starting this. Here the talented author adds depth to the plot, and to the characters, one did not expect during the first book and a half. The situations that arise are interesting, seem realistic, and always end with the reader wanting to know what happens next. Some characters you genuinely care about emerge, and as the story evolves, it gives your mind ample space to make guesses and try to predict action. And you do make guesses, for two reasons: the first is that the story is just plain inventive and interesting. The second is that you have attachments to several characters and their fate feels important to you. I recommend "Rise of Empire" strongly and can't wait to read the final two parts of the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Favorite Series in our Family!!! 23 décembre 2011
Par The Book Runner - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Michael Sullivan's Rise of Empire is a compelling story. It resumes after about a year has passed from its prequel's finish, Theft of Swords. Business has been good for the Riyria; the assassins are now professionally employed by the new King Alric. However, foreboding is a constant taste in the air. The new empire is absorbing the entire land, threatening to assimilate Alric's tiny kingdom Melengar. His sister Arista is failing as ambassador to form any alliances willing to withstand the young empress. Yet the vivacious and sacrificial Thrace from the previous adventure who slew the monster and became empress is recognizable to no one. Catatonic with grief and abuse, she is a pawn of the archbishop who uses her name to further his own insatiable desire for power. On the smaller scale, Hadrian is dissatisfied with life, feeling like he should be doing something worthwhile. Royce knows Hadrian's true destiny yet, for ambivalent feelings, cannot bring himself to share it with his friend. Princess Arista is herself feeling like a failure at life, and when her brother decides to replace her as ambassador with a man, she steals away from the castle, enlists the Riyria for one last job, and sets out on a harrowing adventure to find help for her kingdom.

The book is an absolutely thrilling read. The complexity of the plot is mind-blowing, a mixture of castle intrigue and court politics, barbarian threats, relationship secrets, self-interests, and manipulated PR. The characters are a kaleidoscope of vibrant personalities; the quirky friendship between Royce and Hadrian especially is entertaining and endearing and gives the reader time to catch a breath after all the heart-stopping adventure. It's a beautiful story about carrying on after grief, striving to do something bigger than oneself, and being there for a friend, no matter what. I absolutely cannot wait until the third book comes out and am sure my siblings and I will as voraciously devour that one as we did with the first two.

Would I/Did I buy it? Yes
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Rise of coincidences 9 février 2012
Par J. Perez - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This omnibus continues the adventures of Royce and Hadrian.

I have some serious problems with this book and they are mostly based around: hand of the author, repetitive conditions, lackluster heroes.

What do I mean by "hand of the author"? I use that term to describe when an author forces the direction of a story by applying pressure to it that doesn't come about through the flow of the tale but through a jarring, improbable event.

Repetitive conditions? Its when the characters seem to have a particular controversy happen to them over and over and over. Example, Hadrian and Royce usually end up in a cell in a lot of places even though they are supposed to be really tough mofos.

SPOILER WARNING: To illustrate my point I have to provide events and thus SPOILERS.

Lackluster heroes? I find Hadrian to be a little of an idiot, easily letting his tongue slip with Guy in a wordplay so obvious I couldn't believe it. (That was last omnibus) This omnibus he continues that, not very intelligent, sort of role. Arista is trying to hide so she heals/revives a boy in the middle of the freaking street, in front of witnesses ... and she doesn't flee. She stays there to be found. Heck peasants try to find her to get healed! WTF? Seriously?

Coincidences built upon coincidences = the heavy hand of the storyteller

First we start with Amilia. Amilia just HAPPENS to be the perfect type of character( abused, peasant, can relate to Thrace) to help Thrace and just HAPPENS to be in the right place at the right time to get stuck with the job when Lady Constance gets fired. Ok I can dig this one because it introduces Amilia, but remember it IS a coincidence. Amilia isn't judged, isn't studied, isn't selected in any way ... she got stuck with the job because she was there I.E. BY CHANCE.

When Hadrian goes home he just HAPPENS to arrive just in time to run into Luret, not in a bar, not because he was loitering around too much, just because Luret happened to ride at that PRECISE moment through that PARTICULAR spot. Nothing written states that he came to see the newcomers, he just happened to be there BY CHANCE. Instantly he tries to arrest Hadrian because he might be a deserter. SOB, well I guess everyone walking about with a sword has to be arrested even though mercenaries abound in this world.

***** DUNGEON INTERLUDE
The Lurat coincidence leads to a capture, and a dungeon because Hadrian doesn't want to hurt anyone. Wow. Really? Again? We had this sort of "I'm tough and deadly but I can't use my sword because..." sort of thing all over the first omnibus,and here we go again.

Nimbus ... well Nimbus is another coincidence but I have my doubts, so I leave him be for now.

Hadrian happens to be in the perfect moment to see and be seen by Thrace when passing through to get to the Emerald Storm. Yet ANOTHER coincidence. Nevermind how improbable it is for anyone to see the Empress at all, but hell no, Hadrian and Thrace just HAPPEN to meet by pure CHANCE. You see the pattern yet? If not, let me try again.

Hilfred just HAPPENS to be there at the EXACT MOMENT the guards find Arista to arrest her. So much for her disguise eh? Everyone can find her. I got issues with this scene, but since Hilfred was looking for Arista, I'll give it a pass. Its just that by this point I'm bleeding with the coincidences.

Hadrian just HAPPENS to be known by the Tenkin tribe leader Joqdan *ON SIGHT* (see I don't mind being known by reputation, but by sight? After about 10-12 years? You know how hard it is to know someone by sight even if its a famous person? Even this day and age celebrities can slip through the fingers of paparazzi, and they have digital cameras). BUT let's give it a pass because at least THIS time there is a reason behind this unlikely coincidence.

*** Dungeon Interlude
Hadrian, Royce and team go to meet Erandabon and get thrown in another dungeon. They try to escape and fail. This time though, at least there is some combat. That's 2 fails in a row.

Erandabon just HAPPENS to also know Hadrian as well, and guess what, ON SIGHT. Heck he and Hadrian are old acquaintances. What a, gasp, coincidence!? This is getting old really fast. And Erandabon, of course, gives the dynamic duo a chance to live for X or Y thing he wants done.

Nipper just HAPPENS to be passing by at the PRECISE MOMENT Arista and Hilfred pass by on their way to take out the guard at Guant's SECRET DUNGEON. Yes, it seems the kitchen is next to the Secret Prison Tower so they can casually see and gossip about it. Not only that, but it seems Nipper hung out for the 1 or 2 minutes that it took Arista and Hilfred to walk to the tower, get inside, for the guard to open the hidden magical trapdoor, get a torch, go down the stairs, and subsequently cry out.
Now there are two things wrong here. 1. Nipper believes Arista is Saldur, he never sees her spell fail. So "going to tell people something is wrong" is very VERY unlikely because, constantly, we are told that the servants try to keep their noses out of a noble's business. And this is not just a noble its freaking Regent -you are scum beneath my feet- Saltur. 2. What sort of hearing does Nipper have? Elven ears? Cause he had to hear the cry from wherever he was fetching water, through the stone tower structure, through the rock and earth of the tower floor and down into the dungeon were the guy was wounded.

****Dungeon Interlude
Arista goes to get Gaunt, but ... leaves the key, the Witch really has a problem with thinking things through, and ends up locked up and helpless once Nipper has fetched, guess who, Regent Saltur. No, not a guard, but Regent Saltur, who arrives with enough guards to take out an elephant.

As you can see, this book BEGINS with a coincidence and ENDS with a repetitive dungeon cell scenario. Heck, Gaunt never leaves the cell (shrug).

I hope I've made my point about the "hand of the author" forcing events with all the coincidences and I hope the repetitious nature of "disarm, capture, cell, escape" has been shown as well.

NOW THE GOOD STUFF

Archie's role changes from a 3rd rate buffoon with no role to a 2nd rate buffoon with a role.
Amilia IS an interesting character who evolves through the story.
Thrace IS an interesting character because of the changes that have happened since the 1st omnibus, though her role in this omnibus doesn't change.
Merrick IS an interesting boogie man antagonist.
There is historical worldbuilding in this omnibus that is entertaining.

In conclusion, an improvement over the previous omnibus with some characters having some development, but still too heavily manipulated by jarring coincidences that mar the 'flow of the story'
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 If you enjoy off beat, unusual characters then don't bother 12 janvier 2013
Par Frenetic Pony - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Theft of Swords, the first 2 parts of the Riyria Revelations. In fact, by the end of Theft of Swords I spent all night reading, finally finishing at 3:40am. The first book I'd spent all night reading in ages. Understandably I was excited to pick up the second part.

Which is why I was so vastly disappointed to put it down 30 pages in. Oh I kept trying to read it after that, but I eventually just quit. Why? Because, in the first part, the first full book, our two main characters are different. While certainly, there are a few less interesting or cliche'd "other" big characters in Theft of Swords, the two real main characters were relatively amoral but with their own causes and biases. They were self interested, realistic about what they were doing and where they were going in life, and didn't have any illusions that the world they lived in was some good versus evil kind of place.

Almost immediately this changes in the Rise of Empire. Hadrian, once a mercenary with some occasional ambition towards doing real good, sinks into a whiny brat with delusions of being a white knight and just continues towards having a lot of annoying angst. And just as Royce, his odd, far more amoral partner tries to snap him out of it we then get two pages in before Royce and the author himself are suddenly seeing things in terms of good and evil and becomes angst ridden as well.

And frankly it never really snaps out of this; nor is the pattern of the two getting into some sort of crazy trouble just to get out of it thanks to some Deus Ex Machina ever changed. It's a more cliched, more predictable, and less interesting continuation to what was a great start. And I gave it two stars more out of sheer disappointment coming from Theft of Swords than if it were a standalone novel, in which case it would probably be a 3.
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