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Review of Rise of Empire by Michael J Sullivan

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5 out of 5 Stars

I’m not sure where to begin and what else I can say that I didn’t rave about in the first book. I liked The Emerald Storm much better than the later half of Nyphron Rising. It wasn’t that the first sub-book in Rise of Empire was bad, I just liked the pacing of the second.

I admit, I did start skimming in this book, for no other reason than my disinterest in certain story lines. It’s nothing new in a book where I’ve become so infatuated with a character. If I’m not with that character, I tend to grow bored easily. Shame, really, because I definitely warmed up to Arista in this book as much Hadrium, whom I was already fond of. She was—as are all the female characters—strong and realistic. And while in Modina’s POV there are brave, interesting characters, I just couldn’t get completely involved in the story. I think it goes back to my lack of patience for books that aren’t more quest driven (I need more action). While Rise of Empire does have plenty of adventures, those sections with Modina just really seemed to drag for me. And, honestly, I wanted to get back to Royce’s story. Have I mentioned how much I love Royce? Seriously do. Much to my surprise, I did not latch on to Hadrian any further. I still think he’s great—amazing, really—but nothing changed from book one. That’s not bad or good, just something that I didn’t see coming… or rather, not coming.

I’m starting to piece together a puzzle and have a pretty good idea who the heir might be. I’m not 100% certain. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was wrong. But I’m feeling confident, so we’ll see.

I’m rather upset that I cleared all my plans for the weekend so I could read this. I’ve gotten little sleep because of it and my eyes are killing me. But after finishing Rise of Empire, I must go on. I cannot stop and I have to finish it this weekend. There are things I must know. And I’m absolutely dying to see if I’m right about some of my guesses.

So to conclude my short bit of rambling, I’d like to say goodbye to sleep. I’m sorry I won’t be joining you this weekend.

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