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Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations #2)

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When a destitute young woman hires two thieves to help save her remote village from nocturnal attacks, they are drawn into the schemes of the wizard Esrahaddon. While Royce struggles to breech the secrets of an ancient elven tower, Hadrian attempts to rally the villagers to defend themselves ag
Paperback, 331 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Ridan Publishing (first published 2009)
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March 2012: Reading the book this time & in order. It was good on a re-read, better in order.

Feb 2009: I have the ARC pdf to review. It was a really good, fun read. It should have been a quick one, but reading a pdf just isn't that easy for me. I can't wait to sit down with the first book & hope the next one is done soon.

Yes, I read the 2d book first & still enjoyed it. That's surprising. The second book stands just fine alone, makes me want to read the first & the one that come
David Sven
Again, a fun fast read. Sword and Sorcery that reminded me a lot of Skyrim with an ancient Elven tower to plunder, an enchanted sword to steal, a princess to rescue, a village to save, and a dragon to slay.

Royce and Hadrian are back and off on another feel-good quest - you know... the sort their rules say not to take. You would have thought they would have learned from the quest they took two years earlier in The Crown Conspiracy – and besides, this job pays nowhere near as much.

As with the firs
For the first half of this book, I was a little disappointed. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it - it was great to be reunited with old friends such as Hadrian, Royce, Arista, and good (or is he evil?) ole Esrahaddon. The new developments with the church of Nyphron and their schemes, plus Arista's new assignment to serve as ambassador were all nice to read about. But it just didn't have the heart pacing action I'd come to expect after reading The Crown Conspiracy.

But talk about calm before the
3.5 Stars

The bane of having expectations. I went into this expecting a The Lies of Locke Lamora type thief story set in an epic expansive world. It is certainly witty at times, the characters are likable, the story itself is well told, even though the transition between The Crown Conspiracy and this book was a bit disjointed.

What I wasn't expecting was that this is really a modernized classic fantasy. Lots of inspiration from Tolkien. I love me some Tolkien, but I would have preferred knowing
TS Chan
Having done with the introductions in The Crown Conspiracy, Avempartha takes the Riyria Revelations series to the next level fairly quickly. The political intrigue that was revealed at the end of the first book took on greater proportions in this instalment. We also finally have more female representation in the cast via Princess Arista, and Thrace Wood (a daughter of a farmer).

The mysteriousness of the Riyria duo by now fades into fascination as we are clued on to more of their back story. How
Excellent followup to The Crown Conspiracy. Though followup may not be the right word, since The Crown Conspiracy was essentially a standalone with hints of the larger picture, while Avempartha goes straight into the deeper issues of Mr. Sullivan's richly imagined universe.

After a superb re-acquittance with Royce and Hadrian in the first several pages, the novel actually continues more as a series opening with a lot of build-up in the first half, while the second half is just superb non-stop
Dirk Grobbelaar
My wife commented on the fairly ambiguous nature of my review for The Crown Conspiracy. I did enjoy the book, hence the three star rating, but it didn't exactly blow me away.

Avempartha, on the other hand, comes a lot closer to doing just that. The very title of the novel intrigued me. I wasn't going to read the book quite yet, as I had some other ones lined up, but I was curious as to what the title referred to. Was it the name of a person? A city? An artifact?

A character that really annoyed me
Dec 14, 2013 Lee rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in this series has me wanting more. But not in a sense that it has built more of the story and I can't wait for the next installment, more along the lines that I was hoping for a lot more from this story and didn't get it.
There are some developments in the main plot and the character development of Royce was very good, but overall, I was still hovering around the 3.5 star mark for this story.
I am enjoying the story and look forward to the next, but am not 100% engaged yet. In s
It had been some time since I read the fantasy genre. In March I stumbled across The Crown Conspiracy, the first book in the series. I first noticed it in the Giveaway section. It sounded so interesting and seemed so well received by other readers that my curiosity was piqued.

I ordered it directly from the author and read it immediately. It was wonderful. Exciting story, great characters, I couldn't ask for more from a fantasy story. I was pleased to see Avempartha was scheduled for release in
So, I got an ARC copy of this book from the author's wife (and let me just say I was proud of myself for ignoring the typos that get edited out before publication; being an editor is sometimes a curse). It's the second book in the series of six (curses! I broke my rule of only reading completed series again!), and I’ve now finished the first one as well. I wanted to know if they really could go out of order without being a problem, and overall it was fine. There was obviously some backstory refe ...more
Mar 17, 2009 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
So it's been a long while since the last time I read this book and a lot has been added since then because my husband added some seeds into it as he was working on books 3 - 6. I really like the way it came out. The first chapter is completly reworked - The original first chapter was thrown away completly and the new first chapter is probably my favorite of all the chapters in the series - which is like - I'm not sure maybe 70 chapters?

Anyway I recalled this book being my least favorite of the
This wasn't quite as fun as the first one, as it's taken a turn for the darker. It's still very enjoyable, but it feels more like a warm-up for the next book - which I think I'm going to have to start right away. Much is left hanging at the end, and my curiosity is piqued!

There's more magic here than in the first, more tantalizing hints about the elves, and more involvement with dwarves and wizards, all of which made me happy. I am glad the main focus was with the thieves again, but with enough
After being hooked by The Crown Conspiracy (and I mean that literally, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s as “fascinated by or devoted to”) I was like a kid at Christmas waiting on my copy of Avempartha. From the last page of Crown to the first page of Avempartha, I missed my new friends Royce and Hadrian. I wondered what was happening in Elan after the death of the King? Where did the formerly captive and truly dangerous wizard Esrahaddon go? What secret plan was the Church of Nyphron weaving behi ...more
Adam Franklin
Rarely do I find a second book in the series that "holds up" to the first especially when I really like the first one. Avempartha certainly exceeded the high expectations I had after reading The Crown Conspiracy.

Royce and Hadrian continue to be the best part of these books,though the wizard Esrahaddon is fascinating to me and I'm not sure whether he is "good or bad" in any case he certainly has his "own agenda" and seems to have no quams about using others to reach his goals.

There are many memor
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Not even as good as The Crown Conspiracy, though Avempartha advances the greater story. Not content with saving a kingdom, he's set about resurrecting an empire and maybe (in future books) saving the human race.

What's not to like? First, he stole his elves (and dwarves), almost verbatim, from J. R. R. Tolkien. Second, his evil, conspiring church is so commonplace that's almost as if he stole it, too. Neither showed much imagination. Contrast this with Rothfuss' create
Mike (the Paladin)
Every now and then it happens that we find a book or a series of books that we really enjoy. That's very nice when it happens after a long run of mediocre..."meh" reads. That's what happened here. I like the first book in this "series" and I liked this one just as well.

(complete disclosure I'm reading these in a compilation volume that contains volumes 1 and 2.)

We are slowly learning about "Riyria" here and as we do so we get an exciting and enjoyable story of what's happening "currently". Thes
It's been a couple years since I read The Crown Conspiracy, which is the only complaint I have about #2 in the series - I felt ill-equipped to pick up on all the threads that had started in the first book! It's definitely a direct sequel, as all the main players are back - Hadrian, Royce, Arista, and Esrahaddon, as well as a lot of the side characters. The events of the Crown Conspiracy are given a new dimension as we learn more about the wider political forces in the world. Once again, Michael ...more
So I moved on to this book straight after reading book 1 in the series. I read this as part of the Theft of Swords Omnibus.

I enjoyed this book much more than the first one and I liked that one a lot. I found that this one kept me guessing a bit more or at least I had much more (wilder) theories on what might happen in the story - sometimes I was right and sometimes I was way off!

I've bought the remaining books in the series - I guess I will be seeing more of Royce and Hadrian in my future.
I am really enjoying this series!!!

I said this about The Crown Conspiracy, but it's's very light and fun, but the characters are very well drawn out (I liked the confirmation I got on the theories I had while reading the first book). I enjoyed the deepening of the themes/plot that were introduced in the first book, and definitely liked that there wasn't a maddening cliffhanger.

Can't wait to read the next installment!
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After reading The Crown Conspiracy, I was excitedly waiting for the release of Avempartha. I am pleased to say that it did not disappoint. It was very good, and I found myself stealing away from a weekend visiting family to read more! I enjoyed the further development of some of the characters from the first book, as well as meeting many new characters.

I have to say, about Royce, I knew it! I suspected from about halfway through The Crown Conspiracy, and was glad to find out I was correct! If y
An action and mystery packed book featuring the characters from The Crown Conspiracy. This time Hadrian and Royce are hired to help a village that's being attack by some terrible unknown creature. Before they know it, they are in the middle of the plots of a wizard and the Church of Nyphron.

I found this book to be much darker than The Crown Conspiracy. There is a lot less humor, and a lot more sorrow. We learn a lot a more about the characters, things that were hinted at in the first book but i
Mar 03, 2010 Jeanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I read the first book in this series because I wanted to help out a new author, and our Goodreads Fantasy Book Club was reading it. I enjoyed the first book, but was somewhat ambivalent about it. I was interested in giving the series more of a chance so I nominated this book a couple of times and the rest of the group voted for something else. THEIR LOSS!! Avempartha is fantastic! It builds on the story set out in The Crown Conspiracy yet really takes off. I had a hard time putting it down and g ...more
It is very difficult to write a plot summary for a book that is in the middle of a series, and even harder to then review the book without giving away spoilers, but here goes.

Avempartha is the second in the Riyria Revelations series. One thing I noticed immediately is that most characters in his books use modern language, not the somewhat higher-brow or slightly archaic English usually found in epic fantasy novels. However, once you get used to that, it's easy to stay with the rhythm. I was comp
Michael Klein
The second in a longer series, Avempartha delivered for me. Sullivan is an excellent story teller - he weaves intricate tales and by the end you realize he's given you all the pieces if you were paying attention. Yet he still manages to surprise. Some of the artful pieces stretched across this entire book - others go back into the first book in the series, The Crown Conspiracy.

One thing Michael did in Avempartha that I am really in awe of was creating a new, dispicable villain. I'm not talking a
Shortly following the events of The Crown Conspiracy, thieves Royce and Hadrian are called upon once again, this time to stop a beast from terrorizing a village. Like last time however, what appears to be a simple task, is not so simple. The sequel, Avempartha, far surpasses the first book on many levels. Character development is more improved upon and they all have more of a depth to them. You learn more about their background history, as well as the history of Elan. This information is all tol ...more
I found the second book of The Riyria Revelations to be better than the first, but mostly because we got a deeper look at the lead characters of Royce and Hadrian while also learning about the larger world they inhabit. The action was great and the new characters introduced were all interesting and added to the overall story. The growing cast of characters makes me think of books like the Dresden Files series in that the side characters are just as fun to read as the main characters. Overall, th ...more

Spoilerfrei zum ersten Band "Der Thron von Melengar".


Es gibt sie also doch noch, die Reihen, die mit fortschreitenden Bänden besser werden. Der Auftakt "Der Thron von Melengar" war bis zum Mittelteil richtig gut, hat dann aber leider nachgelassen. Dennoch wollte ich der Reihe eine weitere Chance geben und habe es alles andere als bereut.

Zu den Ausgaben: Vielleicht interessant zu wissen, ursprünglich wurde die Reihe in 6 Bänden veröffentlicht. Davo
Avempartha is the second book in The Riyria Revelations. The third being Nyphron Rising due out in October 2009 with the fourth book-The Emerald Storm, fifth book-Wintertide, and sixth and final book-Percepliquis having a tentative schedule of every six months afterward. The entire series has been completely written and is going through the editing and publishing phases so as not to keep the reader waiting for a long period of time for each subsequent book. Each book can be read by themselves as ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Avempartha is the second in a series of standalone novels called the Riyria Revelations, and picks up two years after the infamous escapades of Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater in Essendon castle. The first book was primarily about a simple sword heist that was not-so-simple at all and all the fall out from said sword-theft/assassination. The second book centers more on the machinations of the Church and whatever measures it deems it has to take to find the Heir and crown him as Emperor once ...more
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Michael writes classical fantasy and science fiction with unlikely heroes and epic adventures. His debut series, "The Riyria Revelations" has sold more than half a million English language copies and has been translated into 13 foreign languages.

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