Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
(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 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 & AvemparthaRise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald StormHeir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & PercepliquisThe 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 & AvemparthaRise of Empire   (Riyria Revelations #3 & #4): contains Nyphron Rising & The Emerald StormHeir of Novron  (Riyria Revelations #5 & #6): contains Wintertide & PercepliquisOther 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_sullivanWebsite: michaelsullivan-author.comFacebook (author): facebook.com/michael.james.sullivanFacebook (series): facebook.com/riyriaemail: michael.sullivan.dc@gmail.com
 

About Michael J. Sullivan

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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.
 
Published December 14, 2011 by Orbit. 802 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Examiner

He told Royce and Hadrian that they need to find the last living heir of Novron, the last ruler of an empire that collapsed several thousand years before the series began..

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The Bookbag

Then, talk about hanging, the book leads to a crescendo ending with multiple cliff-hangers as practically all the second volume heroes face different terminal dangers.

Jan 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Rise of Empire (Riyria Revela...

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