Rise of Empire (#2)

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The adventure continues as Royce and Hadrian aid the struggling kingdom of Melengar as it alone stands in defiance against the newly formed empire. War approaches and a desperate gamble behind enemy lines is their only chance at forming an alliance with the Nationalists to the south. 

But Royce has plans of his own as he uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, Royce must unravel Hadrian’s hidden past. What he discovers will lead them to the end of the known world, on a journey rife with treachery and intrigue.

When author Michael J. Sullivan self-published the first books of his Riyria Revelations, they rapidly became ebook bestsellers. Now, Orbit is pleased to present the complete series for the first time in bookstores everywhere.

Rise of Empire was originally published as: Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm.


“Every time I finish a book in this series it makes me want the next one instantly […] Michael Sullivan shows that he isn’t just a one book wonder, or that his other novels were random hits. His Riyria Revelations series is taking shape very nicely, and it’ll be amazing to watch where he takes the other novels after this because with each novel there is a new surprise or approach to his writing.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“A delightful, entertaining and page-turning read that reminds us just how enjoyable, and how good – the Riyria Revelations series is. A must-buy for all fantasy lovers.”

The Founding Fields

“Four novels/two omnibii into The Riyria Revelations and I’m gaining an understanding of why Mr. Sullivan acquired such a devoted fanbase over the past few years when these were small press books – he crafts a story that appeals to many of the hallmarks that make Epic Fantasy popular.”


“Readers of fast paced adventure stories will enjoy the Riyria Revelations and readers of high fantasy will enjoy the direction the series overall takes. These books however have been some of my favorites from this year and I’d recommend them to any genre fan, sans specifics.”

Reading Realms

“As much as I enjoyed THEFT OF SWORDS, RISE OF EMPIRE is even better, bringing new dimensions to the story.”

The Royal Library

Awards & Accolades


Goodreads Choice Award Nominee: “Best Fantasy”


Foreword Magazine Finalist: “Book of the Year”


#1 Fantasy Book Critics: “Best Indie Fantasy”


Civilian Reader: “6 Most Anticipated Reads for December 2011”


#8 Timothy C. Ward: “Top 10 Reads”


#3 Mathias Cavanaugh: “Top 10 Books”