Rise of Empire
by Michael J. Sullivan is the second part of his Riyria Revelations series. This wonderfully inventive fantasy ostensibly is centered around Hadrian and Royce but their twelve year partnership is being threatened by Hadrian's dissatisfaction with his life and its purpose. The fantastical talents that the duo share between the two of them are about to be, hmm, wasted...given Hadrian's threat to retire and Royce's plans to settle down and marry his Gwen. The problem is, the Church is misusing the power acquired through the premise that they have indeed found the heir of Novron who is unwilling or unable to prevent the abuses being perpetrated in her name. Hadrian's discovery of the story behind the medallion he wears prompts him to embark on a perilous journey and naturally Royce is compelled to accompany his partner, particularly after Gwen has her say in the matter. The constant adventures, remarkable lands that are described and the intriguing secondary characters who are introduced make this another excellent quest adventure but be forewarned, there are two separate novels in this particular book and then you will want to have the sequel, Heir of Novron, immediately available. I was disappointed by some of the developments but definitely admit that the story is compelling and a very enjoyable read. My Amazon review is at this link under ELF2060. A 'yes, this was helpful' vote is always greatly appreciated.