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Amilia made the mistake of looking back into Edith Mon’s eyes. She had never meant to —she had never planned on raising her stare from the floor—but Edith startled her and she looked up without thinking. The head maid would consider
her action defiance, a sign of rebellion in the ranks of the scullery. Amilia had never looked into Edith’s eyes before, and doing so now, she wondered if a soul lurked behind them. If so, it must be cowering or dead, rotting like a late-autumn
apple; that would explain her smell. Edith had a sour scent, vaguely rancid, as if something had gone bad.
“This will be another tenent withheld from yer pay,” the rotund woman said. “Yer digging quite a hole, ain’t you?”
Edith was big and broad and missing any sign of a neck. Her huge anvil of a head sat squarely on her shoulders. By contrast, Amilia barely existed. Small and pear-shaped, with a plain face and long, lifeless hair, she was part of the crowd, one of the faces no one paused to consider—neither pretty nor grotesque enough to warrant a second glance. Unfortunately, her invisibility failed when it came to the palace’s head maid, Edith Mon.
“I didn’t break it.” Mistake number two, Amilia thought.
A meaty hand slapped Amilia’s face, ringing ears and watering eyes. “Go on,” Edith enticed her with a sweet tone, and then whispered, “lie to me again.”
Gripping the washbasin to steady herself, Amilia felt heat blossom on her cheek. Her gaze now followed Edith’s hand, and when it rose again, Amilia flinched. With a snicker, Edith ran her plump fingers through Amilia’s hair.
“No tangles,” Edith observed. “I can see how ya spend yer time, instead of doing yer work. Ya hoping to catch the eye of the butcher? Maybe that saucy little man who delivers the wood? I saw ya talking to him. know what they sees when
they looks at ya? They sees an ugly scullery maid is what. A wretched filthy guttersnipe who smells of lye and grease. They would rather pay for a whore than get ya for nothing. You’d be better off spending more time on yer tasks. If ya did, I wouldn’t have to beat ya so often.”
Amilia felt Edith winding her hair, twisting and tightening it around her fist. “It’s not like I enjoy hurting ya.” She pulled until Amilia winced. “But ya have to learn.” Edith continued pulling Amilia’s hair, forcing her head back until only the ceiling
was visible. “Yer slow, stupid, and ugly. That’s why yer still in the scullery. I can’t make ya a laundry maid, much less a parlor or chambermaid. You’d embarrass me, understand?”
Excerpted from the book Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan. Copyright © 2011 by Michael J. Sullivan. Reprinted with permission of Orbit, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
A year after the events of Avempartha, the newly formed Nyphron Empire has annexed every kingdom and province on the continent—either by bribery or by force. Only Melengar has refused to join. But without support or allies, the kingdom cannot hope to withstand an invasion.
Mercenary thieves turned royal spies, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater—together known as Riyria—have been called upon to aid the struggling kingdom in its stand against the growing colossus. As war approaches, a desperate gamble behind enemy lines is their only chance at forming an alliance with the Nationalists to the south.
But Royce has plans of his own and uses this opportunity to discover if an ancient wizard is using Riyria as pawns in his own bid for power. To find the truth, Royce must unravel Hadrian’s hidden past. What he discovers will lead them to the end of the known world on a journey rife with treachery and intrigue.
A rip-roaring epic of sword-fighting and adventure, myth and magic, Rise of Empire contains Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm—the third and fourth books of the Riyria Revelations, Michael J. Sullivan’s self-published ebook bestsellers—now available in an SFBC exclusive hardcover edition.
Hardcover Book : 800 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( December 13, 2011 )
Item #: 13-492153
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 31.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Loved the series. It was well written and captured my interest from the very beginning. Great adventure series. Would highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this series, right from the first chapter. The writing style is kind of casual, which makes it easy to get engrossed in the plot and characters. The plot twists and takes unexpected turns and is full of action! The characters are interesting, growing in depth from book to book. These first couple books of the Riyria Revelation series are almost stand-alone, but if you enjoy them as much as I did then you won't be able to wait to get your hands on the next installments, just to spend more time with Hadrian and Royce!