Rise of Empire, Vol. 2 (Riyria Revelations)

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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 either 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)
  • The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3)
Chronological Order
  • The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2)
  • The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3)
  • 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 (2014 - stand alone science fiction)
  • Age of Myth (2016 - Legends of the First Empire #1)
Lists and Award Nominations
  • 2013 Audie Award Finalist
  • 2012 Shadowhawk's Shade Best of the Best
  • 2012 Audible's 5-star The Best of Everything
  • 2012 MathiasCavanaugh Top 10 Books
  • 2012 AudioBookaneers Favorite Listens, Runner up 
  • 2012 Audible's Best of 2012 Editor's Picks 
  • 2011 Library Journal's Best Books for Fantasy/Sci-Fi
  • 2011 Only the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy's Top 10
  • 2011 Best Fantasy Releases by Barnes and Noble Blog
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

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From the Author:

In many ways, the The Riyria Revelations is the story of two rogues who become unlikely heroes as they find themselves in the midst of the political shifts in the world in which they live.  For myself, who knows the arc of the entire series, I've always considered the series to have four main protagonists: two men and two women.  

The women in Riyria take a little longer to get to center stage, but the reader is rewarded with living through the events that shape them into what they will become...strong characters who stand toe-to-toe with their male counterparts. Much of their transformation comes in Rise of Empire and it was very rewarding to see the butterflies that emerge from the cocoons of this book in the final installment, Heir of Novron

That's not to say that Royce and Hadrian don't have their own trials and tribulations.  The middle books are an interesting time in the friendship of Riyria.  Hadrian's growing frustration with his profession has left him melancholy and desirous of a new vocation.  As independent as Royce likes to portray himself, losing Hadrian will be his only tether to a civilized life, and he is haunted by his old rival Merrick Marius and ties to a past he would like to forget. 

Middle books are tricky things...the wonder of the world (as shown in the first books) has worn off, and the exciting conclusion is far in the distance.  How then, to make a middle book gripping and entertaining?  For me, it was using the middle books to expand beyond Royce and Hadrian and give the readers a peek into the broader implications of the events and how the world of Elan is evolving.  Also, I held back key details about our duos past, exposing their histories a bit at a time, so much of this book explores the roots of both of these fascinating men.

I do hope you will enjoy this next installment in the series.  As I mentioned in my Author's note from the first book, my intention was to escalate the tension, and deepen the mysteries with each book so by the end of this story you should be deeply invested in where the books are going.  I promise you a conclusion that will tie all the threads together and answer all the questions that Rise of Empire starts to expose.  Buckle up...it's going to be a wild ride!

Michael.

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Works by Michael J. Sullivan NOVELS The Riyria Revelations Series

  • Theft of Swords (2011 - contains The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha)
  • Rise of Empire (2011 - contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)
  • Heir of Novron (2012 - contains Wintertide & Percepliquis)
The Riyria Chronicles Series
  • The Crown Tower (2013)
  • The Rose and the Thorn (2013)

Standalone Novels
  • Hollow World (coming April 15, 2014)
  • Antithesis (release date to be determined)
  • A Burden to the Earth (release date to be determined)

SHORT STORIES (Sold Individually)
  • The Viscount and the Witch (2011 - Riyria Chronicles)
  • Greener Grass (2012 - Dystopian Science Fiction)
  • The Jester (2014 - Riyria Chronicles)
ANTHOLOGIES
  • The End--Visions of Apocalypse: Burning Alexandria (2012)
  • Unfettered: The Jester (2013)
  • Triumph Over Tragedy: An Anthology for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy: Traditions (2013)
  • Help Fund My Robot Army: New and Improved Monkey Paw (2014)

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