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Nyphron Rising

(The Riyria Revelations #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  8,985 ratings  ·  351 reviews

War has come to Melengar and Princess Arista runs a desperate gamble when she defies her brother and hires Royce and Hadrian for a dangerous mission. As the power of the Nyphron Empire grows, so does Royce's suspicion that the wizard Esrahaddon is using the thieves as pawns in his o
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published October 17th 2009 by Ridan Publishing
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TS Chan
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book into the Riyria Revelations and the pace is picking up as the plot thickens. The characters really do start to evolve in this instalment, especially Arista. Female leads are usually not the easiest to write, and there are too many out there whom I just don’t really care for. Arista was an exception to me. She wasn’t portrayed to be overly spoilt nor too aggressive nor ridiculously innocent. Although a fairly predictable arc, I find that her progression and growth in character seemed j ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For a standalone novel this one isn`t a big hitter, but in the whole plan, the story develops some interesting new threads.

There is one big surprise in the end, but, until there, things are quite straight forwarded.

The writing it`s in the same tone of the series, not impressive or anything, but good, enjoyable, you go with the flow.

Starting now also the fourth book, I could understand why the writer has so
much Goodreads wins over his side, mostly because most of his characters are lovable and
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
When I first stated this series I read a lot of reviews first. They all commented on how good the relationship between Hadrian and Royce was. After the first book, the Crown Conspiracy, I was a little disappointed, as this aspect of the story was quite underplayed. Yet as the series develops, we start to understand more of their dynamic and their history together. I love the way the overall arc of this story is unfolding. I very much enjoyed living through Arista's adventures and how she is deve ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread July 2018
I was not as enchanted with this installment on this reread. One of the biggest downfalls this time around was Arista. She annoyed me throughout the whole book, instead of just at the beginning. I'm hoping that she does improve in the rest of the series (because I liked her fairly well the first time around), but I guess only time will tell.

The best part, once again, is the bromance between Royce and Hadrian. They are the best duo I have ever read. The scenes with these two can
review will follow soon.
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 2012: Reading the actual book this time, in order. Liked it again, maybe a bit more.

Sep 2009: I read the ARC & was not disappointed, except that book 4 isn't available yet (darn it!). It was an excellent continuation of the series. Plenty of action & twists as we learn more about the conspiracy. I really can't say more without spoilers, so I'll just say if you've read the first two, this one won't disappoint!

Today I got my signed copy of the finished work. Yahoo! Nice note in it from Michael
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4 1/2 Stars

Excellent third entry into the 'Riyria Revelations'! This story adds many more layers of complexity and intrigue to the already awesome tale of Royce and Hadrian! Sullivan develops each character even more, and what you think you know is far from the truth! The linear plot works so well, as each recurrent character evolves with the telling of the story. Can't wait to finish up the series in another 3 books!
Renee M
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly entertaining series. Each book gives a deeper understanding of the series characters and of the overall history that have brought events to their current turn. The denouement of this book was a monstrous tease but also perfectly timed to make me want to jump right into the next book! I'm especially fond of Arista. Watching this brace brilliant young woman come into her own has been a treat. And I'm loving the mystery with all its clues and feints. Good stuff! ...more
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
End of Nyphron rising.
This story is really starting to gain momentum. I am really enjoying the character building of not only the two main characters but some of the side characters too. In this story we are finally given a hint, a sliver of a glimpse at the bigger picture. Sullivan is really protecting the overall story from the reader and is just giving enough to keep you coming back. Thankfully Sullivan doesn't seem to influenced by Jordan so isn't dragging the story out for pages and chapte
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MJS sure knows how to write and epic fantasy. Loved every page.

Third book deals with adventure of arista with the Riyria. And this book transforms our dear princess into a capable lady. And Royce and Hadrian gets more awesome. And mr. Esra is mysterious as always.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another really good story in an enjoyable "universe". ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I've read this in Hungarian back in 2015, so my review was in Hungarian but here's a rough translation:)

The structure of this book was brilliant, this novel is a fantastic part of this journey.

The story was exciting throughout the whole novel, and I got to love the new characters just as much as I already loved the old ones. And although some mysteries finally unfolded before our eyes and we got our answers, I still have just as many questions as before (like the last dialogue??).

Not everything
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I did not like this installment as much as I deeply enjoyed the first two books, which are both on my absolute favorite books list. I had a very hard time getting into this book because of one main reason, Arista. I just don't like her character and I felt like she was in this book more than Hadrian and Royce so it was WAY too much Arista for me. Haha. I love Modina and Amilia's parts sooooo much. But overall I just didn't have as much fun in this book, didn't laugh as much, but I think that bec ...more
David Sven
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy
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Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Robin Sullivan
I quickly read this third book in the Riyria Revelations series. Sullivan stirred the plot pot and more questions than answers swirled to the top, steaming away hopes of resolution and instead simmering revolution.

Arista's character developed well, learning and appreciating the hard lives led by her subjects. Amilia quickly became my favorite new character, succeeding where all others failed in nursing Thrace, now know as Empress Modina, back from near catatonia. We learn more of Hadrian's past
Mar 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2021, fbr
Rating: 3.5 stars

Royce and Hadrian continue to aid the kingdom of Melingar as war looms in Nyphron Rising, the third book in Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria Revelations series. An Empress has been crowned and the Imperialists are out for conquest.

It's clear at this point that what might have started off as a buddy adventure series is expanding to be epic in scope. This is not in itself a bad thing though it does lead to slower plot movement and less time with Royce and Hadrian while more space is g
The third book in the extremely entertaining Ryria was a page turner like the first two but also a step back at least in the first half which was very imbalanced; Avempartha took the series to a higher level, this one reverted to a fun but pulpier read. I liked the ending and the second half was very good, but overall I had high expectations after Avempartha and they were only partly met; next book is still an asap for me since I want to see where the series goes

Further thoughts on reread march
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Didn't have the same urgency or suspense as Avempartha but it was still fun. Great twist at the end too. ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I felt like this was a transition novel but with some very good female character development. There’s some good banter but not nearly enough as I was expecting: “yeah, but that’s how you might expect a spider to talk to a fly as she wraps him up.” “what an interesting metaphor. You could have a future in politics, Hadrian,” noted Arista. He glance at Royce. “We never considered that as one of the options.” “I’m not sure how it differs from acting.” Just so great.
The story is slowly moving ahe
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely riveting installment in The Riyira Revelations series! We are now halfway through the entire series, and I cannot wait to see where it's going. Once again, Michael J. Sullivan did not disappoint. There was suspense, humor, action, treachery, and even a tiny bit of love thrown in.

I found that I was able to guess what was going to happen in a couple of instances. I suspect that it was not a problem with the story, rather a familiarity with Royce and Hadrian. This being the thir
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Once again, Michael J. Sullivan delivers. I believe these books are getting better each time. Where Avempartha took a little while to get off the ground, this started with intrigue and never let up.

Some of the plot twists and surprises from Avempartha were explored, and some things from both that and the first book
Wing Kee
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another really solid entry that builds characters and the world.

World: The world building is solid, it’s not super dense and there is little info dumping but it’s there and it slowly surely unfolds for the readers. Once again we have a simple mission in the book and through the mission we learn more about the politics, the players and the locales and lore of this world and I like how this is handled. This world is not super original, there are cliches abound here for the genre but what the world
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Hadrian realized at that moment that Royce did not see him as just his partner, but his family.”

uuugghhhhhhhh my babes
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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More like 3.5 stars, but I round up the rating to 4 because of the awesome ending and the great Battle of Ratibor, that was such an amazing chapter.

I didn't enjoy Nyphrom Rising as much as the previous books of The Riyria Revelations. It focuses more on secondary characters and Hadrian and Royce are kind of left aside in order to develop other characters. Also, it reads more like a abridged version of A Song of Ice and Fire in the sense that it has less
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The books you can't help but read as fast as possible are the same books you wish would never end.

Solutions? I'd love to hear them.

Until then, I hope to find more books that hurt as good as The Riyria Revelations.

This series is just fun. It's
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Finally I finished and what a tale that was. I am still impressed, not losing interest and very much want to read Emerald Storm. This installment of the Riyria Revelations answered many questions I had from the first two in the series, but damn it raised still more, as I expected it would.

Arista's character is developing into a strong, and perfectly flawed heroine. The first two books I thought she'd be typical in that she played the spoiled rich girl with a quirk, but in Nyprhon Rising, another
3.5 Stars

While I quite enjoyed the third installment of the Riyria Revelations, I did not like it as well as the other books. It moved the overall plot and offered lots of good hints and twists but never really grabbed me the way the others did. However, while I might personally consider this book the weak point of the series, I still LOVE the series and appreciate the careful design and intricate weave of the work as a whole.

Overall, Nyphron Rising is a well written book with great characters
Mike (the Paladin)
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So I had said recently that I was in a reading slump. That happily has passed at least as far as a couple of books are concerned. This is the third in the Riyria Revelations (or the first half of the second compiled books series). The story continues apace here and stays fast moving enough to hold the interest while still filling in backgrounds and expanding characters.

Royce and Hadrian are having their troubles, still life is interesting. The "revelation" that "came to light" last book has now
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“By the way,” Hadrian began, “what was the real reason you didn’t tell me?”
“A bit ago you said—”
“Oh.” Royce continued to study the walls. He seemed a little too preoccupied by them. Just as Hadrian was sure he would not answer, Royce said, “I didn’t want you to leave.”
Hadrian almost laughed at the comment, thinking it was a joke, and then nearly bit his tongue. Thinking of Royce as anything but callous was difficult. Then he realized Royce never had a family and precious few friends. He had grown up an orphan on the streets of Ratibor, stealing his food and clothes and likely receiving his share of beatings for it. He had probably joined the Diamond as much from a desire to belong as a means to profit. After only a few short years, they had betrayed him. Hadrian realized at that moment that Royce did not see him as just his partner, but his family. Along with Gwen and perhaps Arcadius, Hadrian was the only one he had.”
“That’s not the reason I didn’t tell you,” Royce snapped.
“You just said it was!”
“I know I did!”
“So you’re lying to me again?”
“Call me a liar one more time—”
“And what? What? You going to fight me?” “It’s dark in here.”
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