Rise of Empire

  • by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

War is raging in Melengar. To save her kingdom, Princess Arista hires Royce and Hadrian to perform a dangerous mission behind the enemy's lines. Royce begins to suspect that they are being used as pawns in the wizard Esrahaddon’s shadowy struggle for power. The thieves journey to the ends of the world amid treachery and betrayals and Hadrian is forced to face a past he hoped never to see again.

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What the Critics Say

"This series is thrilling, laugh-out-loud-funny, heartbreaking, chilling, and whip-smart at every turn." (Fantasy Faction)
"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Classic Fantasy Fun


Story – 4/5

Although my star ratings are the same, I actually think this book was better than the first in the trilogy overall. The story is very entertaining, and the characters extremely likeable. If you enjoyed the first novel, I am certain you will find this one even better. The overall story is progressing quite nicely now, and I am looking forward to the concluding audiobook.

It is a lot more traditional of a fantasy novel and doesn’t really do anything ground breaking. There also seems a bit of a reluctance to do the realistic brutal things that have made modern fantasy novels really stand out from the crowd. As a consequence though, this novel is more accessible to the young adult audience, even if it is not necessarily aimed at them.

You do get value for money with it though. As with all books in this trilogy, you are getting 2 books in 1, so you will notice the ending of one, and the starting of the other in the middle of the audiobook.


Performance –3.5/5

Tim Gerard Reynolds did quite a reasonable job of this audiobook. His voice acting is good, and each character is distinct. He sometimes describes the hopeless/danger scenes as if they are trivial, and the experience could be enhanced more with a change of tone/mood, but it didn’t spoil the story too much for me and after a while, I just got used to his style anyway.

They managed to resolve the production issues from the first audiobook, and this time there was no “change to disc 2” comments disrupting the flow of the story.


Overall – 4/5
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- Christopher

The fun continues

Brilliant sequel with more of the same. Great characters,real chemistry between the two again and liking the development of Arista. Looking forward to the final book.

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- Bashy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-05-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks