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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
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Published October 3rd 2009 by Smashwords, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Feb 09, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Not one dull moment with Hadrian and Royce.

Rating 4.5 (or am I too stingy)


Two years have passed since the happenings described in The Crown Conspiracy. Hadrian and Royce continue to live their lives as nothing changed. Rescuing royalty it's all in a day's work .... well, kind of...

Crossing the district, Royce and Hadrian halted abruptly in front of the theatre’s large white painted board. It depicted the silhouette of two men scaling the outside of a castle tower and read:

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
Dec 20, 2016 Pavle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastika
U trenucima opšte halabuke - čista, destilisana zabava. Jednostavno, isklišeisano, ali i roman koji zna šta je i koji ne želi da bude ništa više od toga, od užitka čitaoca. Zar nije to i cilj? Likovi takodje postaju sve draži i draži, posebno centralni dvojac, a i zdravo je nekad videti svet kao crno-beo. Nešto najbliže tolkinovskoj tradiciji u savremenoj fantastici, ali ličnije i intimnije, ljudskije prirode.

Sve u svemu, ispostavlja se da vredi, pogotovo u ovako kriznim trenucima mog (ne)čitanj
David Sven
Nov 30, 2013 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
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
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
Nov 20, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael J. Sullivan is now a favorite of mine, i'm determined to read everything he writes. I'm never bored reading this series, it's way too much fun. I think it is special thing when an author is capable of making you truly feel for his characters, major or minor.

I loved learning more about the world, the mythos, the elves. I also loved the small stories within the story.

Again, the character's were amazing. Arista, Eshraddon, Theron, Thrace, Magnus the dwarf. I had to save the best for last, R
Nicholas Talty
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
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
Dec 15, 2012 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 16, 2008 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2013 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2009 Jeanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 22, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sep 30, 2015 Amar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veoma veoma dobar nastavak ! Otprilike mi je u istom rangu sa prvim dijelom , pa zato mi još nije za peticu .

Sullivan proširuje svoj svijet i vodi nas na sam rub svog , poznatog dijela , svijeta Elana , gdje Royce i Hadrian imaju novi zadatak . Hemija između njih dvojice je još bolja nego u prvom dijelu , i nisam se jednom do suza nasmijao . Priča je veoma zanimljiva , odlično napisano , fenomenalni likovi ( Esra <3 ) , "realni " dijalozi i puno puno mistike zbog koje bi istog trenutka krenuo
Mar 15, 2016 Lazybee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Royce or Hadrian. I like them both. It's like to choose between sasuke and naruto or tom and Jerry. You can't select one. I love them both equally. And will continue to do so.

Book is even better than the predecessor, if that's even possible. Plot twists everywhere, don't try to guess. I tried and failed.

It was a pleasure to read.
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
What an ending! How can you not want to start the next book right away....The big plot was unravelled more in this one. More powers showed themselves and the ones we know got different motives depending on the point of view. I dont know if its that simple but i think I know who the heir is...Great character development. We learn so much more about royce and Hadrian and the wizard. Some more world building and insights to the past empire. Sullivan gives us just enough in every book. Enough to kee ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2016 MadameMelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne :) Es hat mich nicht ganz so mitgerissen, wie Band 1, war aber immer noch unglaublich gut. Es gab ein paar winzige Kleinigkeiten, die nicht ganz aufgingen, aber das ist Meckern auf hohem Niveau ;)

Die Story war wieder genial und es ist toll, wenn auch oft nur über Andeutungen etwas über die Vergangenheit der Figuren zu lernen. Band 3 muss ich unbedingt bald lesen, ich freue mich jetzt schon drauf!
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
Oct 16, 2010 Adam Franklin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nimrod Daniel
Feb 06, 2017 Nimrod Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a quite good book, but not as fun as The Crown Conspiracy. Until the 2/3 mark the it felt much slower and not too much happened, though the writing was great and Royce and Hadrian are a great team. The last third had a much better pace and the plot moved forward until the great climax at the end.
While The Crown Conspiracy was a great "Ocean 11"-style book, this one felt like a warm-up to the upcoming books in the series.

As the story unfolds we get more insights into the past, learn about th
Jun 04, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, maps
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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
Oct 01, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
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
J. Lawrence
Jun 15, 2015 J. Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this I am wondering what took me so long to get to this series! The word idiot comes to mind...

The Second Book of The Riyria Revelations is truly that as we learn that there is more to be revealed about this pair of rogues. This book brings so much to the table! And it does it all in true epic fantasy style. Once the stage sets, the crafty layers begin to peel back and we see deeper into our favorite characters, as well as the world Mr. Sullivan has created.

A helpless girl, an evi
Jan 27, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 05, 2009 KristenR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 25, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

And the plot thickens. I love how Sullivan can pack a wonderful fully developed fantasy story into under 350 pages. I love this world and all of the back room politics and scheming going on, I can't wait to pick up Rise of Empire!
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Other Books in the Series

The Riyria Revelations (6 books)
  • The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, part #1)
  • Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)
  • The Emerald Storm  (The Riyria Revelations, part #4)
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