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By: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan, Robin Sullivan
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Publisher's summary

A hero to some. A villain to many. The truth forever buried.

The man who became known as Esrahaddon is reported to have destroyed the world’s greatest empire—but there are those who believe he saved it. Few individuals are as divisive, but all agree on three facts: He was exiled to the wilderness, hunted by a goblin priestess, and sentenced to death by a god—all before the age of eight. How he managed to survive and why people continued to fear his name a thousand years later has always been a mystery...until now.

From the three-time New York Times best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan, Esrahaddon is the final novel in the Rise and Fall trilogy. This latest set of stories sits snugly between the Legends of the First Empire series and the Riyria books (Revelations and Chronicles). With this tale, Michael continues his tradition of unlikely heroes who must rise to the call when history knocks, demanding to be let in. This is the 19th full-length novel in a body of work that started in 2008 and spans four series.

©2023 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2023 Audible, Inc.
Whispers of you -Michael J. Sullivan

About the Creator

Michael J. Sullivan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post bestselling author, and no one is more surprised by those facts than he. When just a boy, Michael found a typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, inserted a blank piece of paper, and typed, "It was a dark and stormy night." He was just 10 years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time: Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame, and Michael's desire to fill blank pages became a life-long obsession.
As an adult, Michael spent more than 10 years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote 13 novels but found no interest from the publishing industry. Since insanity is repeating the same action while expecting a different result, he made the rational choice and quit, vowing never to write creatively again. Never turned out to be too long for Michael, and after a decade, he returned to the keyboard in his forties, but with one condition: He wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus.
His first reading love was fantasy, and he hoped to foster a similar reaction in his then 13-year-old daughter who struggled due to dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted that the novels had to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, Robin took over the publication tasks, and she has run the business side of his writing ever since.

Whispers of you -Tim Gerard Reynolds

About the Performer

Tim Gerard Reynolds is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. With 200+ titles recorded, he has narrated books in multiple genres, including authors such as Salman Rushdie, Colm Tóibín, Michael J. Sullivan, and Pierce Brown. He has also narrated classics such as Lorna Doone and Alice in Wonderland.
Tim was nominated for Best Performance by a Male Narrator in the 2019 Audie Awards, and has been the recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. In 2016 he was awarded a listener-voted Reddit "Stabby" for his contributions to the fantasy genre. That year, Tim read three out of the top five bestselling fantasy audiobooks.
Tim lives in the greater NYC metro area. He is a senior student at The Village Zendo. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, painting, and listening to loud music.

Dear Listener,

What do I want you to know about the final chapter in this series?
"After 29 years, 19 books, and four series, the final panel of my epic tapestry of interwoven mysteries is sewn into place! The enigmatic titular character, Esrahaddon, was introduced in my debut series, and at long last, we uncover the entirety of his life story—his exile as a child, how he became a trusted advisor to those in power, and the truth about whether he destroyed or saved the first empire. If you haven’t experienced the other books, you can still fully enjoy Esrahaddon. Yes, you’ll miss some of the “winks and nods” to those in the know, but this is a self-contained tale of an extraordinary man at a pivotal time in history. And the best part is that the unparalleled Tim Gerard Reynolds narrates it. If you have yet to experience Tim’s magic, prepare to be enthralled, for he is undeniably one of the best in the business, and I am forever grateful to have his remarkable talent enriching my stories. Whether you’re a long-time devotee of my work or a newcomer eager to embark on an exciting adventure, I wholeheartedly invite you to try Esrahaddon. This story is my most extensive novel to date, and, as the early reviews indicate, it might just be my finest work yet." – Michael J. Sullivan, writer of Esrahaddon