However, the story is really compelling in this book. More great supporting characters and mysterious and uncanny antagonists were added to the cast. Though it’s divided into 3 main storylines (Arista, Amelia & Modina, Hadrian & Royce), I felt the book was more focused on Royce this time which is great because we finally get a clear glimpse of his dark side. Hadrian’s memories continue to be told and it’s a pleasure to delve into his past and know more about him. The two partners continue to banter and have each other back and each book, reminds me why they form my favorite duo in Fantasy!. A PUPPET IS CROWNED. THE TRUE HEIR REMAINS HIDDEN. A ROGUE'S SECRET COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING. War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an alliance with the Nationalists whom are fighting the Imperialists in the south. As the power of the. Rise of Empire, Vol. 2 (Riyria Revelations) [Michael J. Sullivan] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A puppet is crowned. The true heir remains hidden. A rogue's secret could could change everything. War has come to Melengar and once more Royce and Hadrian are hired to make a desperate gamble and form an .