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Publisher's Summary

Some truths are dangerous, certain secrets best concealed, and one story never should have been written at all.

Being an unwanted twin in the Imperial line of succession, Farilane became a scholar, adventurer, and in a time when reading was once more forbidden—a book hunter. Her singular obsession is finding the mythical Book of Brin, a tome not just lost but intentionally buried. Respected and beloved by the Teshlor Knights, not even their legendary skills can protect her for what she finds is more dangerous than what she sought.

From the three-time New York Times best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan, Farilane is the second novel in the Rise and Fall trilogy. This latest set of stories sits snugly between Legends of the First Empire 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 series will conclude in the summer of 2023 with the release of Esrahaddon, the final piece in a narrative that began in 2008 and contains 19 full-length novels spread across four series.

©2022 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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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 ten 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 ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen 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 thirteen-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.

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 Tóbín, 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 3 out of the top 5 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.

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Another Character that I Fell in Love With.

When I found the world of Elan, I started with the "First Empire" series and continued through the stories in order of timeline, not in the order they were written. I have been through all the books over and over. Each time I come to the end of "Age of Empyre," I miss that crazy cast of characters. At the end of "Heir of Novron," I'm extremely sad that my journey is over again. Every time I listen to Michael's books, I find a new thread he has woven in, and connections are made. This new series has been no less of an emotional rollercoaster. Friends of the "First Emire" get revisited, even if it is in the past tense. New friends get made, and some of the gaps are filled in.

I was not excited about this book. Of course, I couldn't wait to get my hands on "Nolyn" as I knew talk of old friends would be there, and I was excited to see what happened to the kid who started life in Dragon Camp. I'm miserable waiting for the day "Esrahaddon" is released. I have so many questions that need to be answered. As for Farilane, I knew of her, but she really hadn't hit my radar as being super important. I should have known better. When Michael leaves you breadcrumbs, big things will come of them at some point.

Not only did I soon come to enjoy Farilane, but I also wanted so much to know about her previous adventures. I was thrilled to see a dear old friend make a significant presence in a big way. However, there are only two books of Michael's that made me cry; "Age of Swords" and "Farilane." While not my favorite ending, it has nothing to do with the writing and everything to do with how much Michael makes me care about the characters in this story and the web he weaves with this ever-growing world. I'm sure the next time I listen to this book I'll cry all over again. That won't stop me from picking it up many times in the future.

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Heart-wrenching

As a huge fan of Michael J Sullivan’s works, this book did not disappoint. In my opinion, it’s the best book he’s written so far. The characters, old and new, as always are so rich and colorful. With each book he releases getting better and better, I’m really sad that we have to wait for the next book in The Rise and Fall series.

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Loved it!

I really loved this book!!! I agree with what Robin says in her afterward. Really wonderful job!

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Best yet

I am a great fan of Michael J Sullivan and I honestly believe this is his best book so far. Yes, it has the expected humor and reparte, but has also a deep understanding of the greater picture when it comes to the human condition. Thank you, Michael and Robin.

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Wow! What an emotional ride this was!

Farilane is an outstanding addition to the world of Elan. I might say this one of Michael's best work to date. It was emotional, funny and entertaining. It has an amazing main character and her arc is so spectacular that I listened to the whole book in one shot.

While the story is self contained and it can be read as a standalone and still be enjoyable, this book really shines as a bridge between The Legends of the First Empire and Riyria Revelations. Having read both series made this arc even more emotional to read.

Shout-out to Tim Gerard Reynolds for his incredible performance at the audiobook. Once again he outdid himself!

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Fantastic!

If you read Nolyn and weren't sure if you wanted to keep going with the series, I recommend you still give this one a chance. When reading Nolyn, I felt like Michael didn't really want to write it. Being active in his fanbase, I know he has wanted to write Farilane for years and was super pumped about it. At times, Nolyn felt like he was just writing it because he needed to. He had to fill the timeline between Legends and Farilane. All that being said, Farilane is more what one comes to expect from one of Michael J Sullivan's books. So if Nolyn wasn't your favorite, don't give up! Give Farilane a try.

Farilane is technically a stand alone book, while also being the second book in a series. It takes place in the world of Elan and bridges some of the history of Elan between the Legends of the First Empire series (amazing and takes place before Farilane) and Riyria Chronicles and Riyria Revelations (my favorite books of all time and take place after Farilane).

Farilane is so incredibly lovable as a character. The book is captivating and moving. I've cried in a number of Michael's books, but this one takes the cake on pulling the heartstrings.

If you loved Rise and Fall, Riyria Revelations, and/or Riyria Chronicles, you will want to at least read Farilane, even if you don't read Nolyn or Esrahaddon (not out yet, but soon). I'm not going to risk spoilers, so you'll just have to trust me on this.

I was fortunate to be in the beta reading for this book. The audio version with Tim Gerard Reynolds is also fantastic if you'd prefer to listen. Either way, it's a fantastic read!

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Wow! One of MJS's best!

This book took my on a roller coaster of emotions. There were light-hearted moments mixed with profound emotions, all with that typical MJS way of bringing me along on a grand adventure. The ending gave me goosebumps and I'm so eager for the next book to come out.

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One of his best works yet.

I sobbed. A piece of me will never heal. The agony is delectable. 5 stars.

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Read Riyria and the Empire and Nolyn first

There are few authors who can make me really FEEL what I’m reading. Especially because I usually listen to books in the background of my life, half distracted. But Michael J. Sullivan has done it again and I’m sobbing and couldn’t be happier about it. I think anyone who has read and enjoyed the many Riyria books and prequels will feel the same. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone could read Farilane and NOT be overwhelmed by emotion, but I see how some who read this as a stand-alone novel might feel confused or even disappointed. No spoilers, just saying it really helps to put this book in the context of the full history of the world Sullivan has so meticulously, painstakingly, and lovingly built for us.

I’m going to grab a few more tissues and have a solid cry now at the beauty and joy and sadness that is life, then I think I’ll read Riyria Revelations again so I can appreciate once again the full impact of Kyle’s and Farilane’s labors.

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Another good book

But this book isn't like others, I think it's better, more real maybe.

The program says I need more words to leave a review, so so so so........

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  • 06-25-22

A Great Action Packed Story

I have listened to every one of these world of Elan books, multiple times, and I've never been disappointed. There's always something fresh to discover, and I love the writing and symbiotic narration.
I was biting my fingernails up to the very last minute of this story, eager to discover how the author was going to conclude his tale.
All I can say is I loved Farilane and her beautifully told story. I'll be listening to it again before delving eagerly into the last book of this wonderful series that has brought me endless pleasure.

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  • 06-23-22

Excellent book

If you are looking for a highly intelligent, extremely sarcastic and worthy of being an empress then you have found her in Farilane, the ending is not a surprise as the plot is fairly obvious early on in the book but the characterisation of our lead is makes that a moot point, I felt the end a bit saccharine but hopefully the author has plans as yet unknown to us mere mortals

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  • Rob
  • 06-17-22

Wow! Powerful stuff

Threads across the history, backward and forward, are emerging here. Some earlier actions make more sense, some future situations are clearer. I think I will reread everything in chronological order next autumn.

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  • johanna
  • 06-15-22

not up to the usual Sullivan standard

I have to admit I did not rate this book very high. I have read/listened to all the other books by this author. While it had all the ingredients of a great book, the story was muddled and it felt like it was missing some vital life line. The narrator is usually great and fits this genre very well, but any unique flare was missing in this one. Very disappointed. I think I will return the title as unlikely to ever look at it again

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  • soochoon
  • 06-22-22

Best of the stories of Elan

I enjoyed every bit of this book, most particularly the ending., which was absolutely perfect! It's difficult to imagine that the forthcoming "Esrahaddon" will top this.
Once again Tim Gerard Reynold's narration was masterful, his voice lending exactly the right nuance to each character to make them walk off the page. Thank you Michael, Robyn and Tim.

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  • Danielle
  • 06-15-22

Best book yet

I think this is one of Michael J. Sullivan’s best books. Narration was on point, as usual. I really enjoyed the writing and how all the missing pieces linked to the past/future books.
The best bit was getting to see the real “Kyle” more and of course meeting Farilane. But also, I REALLY loved the symmetry of the ending to the “why” of the feathers. It just really tied in all the other poignant points from the other books (both past and future).