Nolyn by Michael J Sullivan

Nolyn (The Rise and Fall, #1)

by Michael J. Sullivan

After two hundred years of service, the heir to the empire is suspicious about his reassignment to active duty on the front lines of the Goblin War. His first assignment to rescue an outpost leads to a dead-end canyon deep inside enemy territory. Suspicion turns to dread and then sinks to despair when it's discovered no such outpost exists. But whoever went to the trouble of making his death look like an accident didn't know anything about the Seventh Sikaria Auxiliary Squadron he was assigned to. In the depths of an unforgiving jungle, a legend is about to be born, and the world of Elan will never be the same.

From Michael J. Sullivan, the New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post bestselling author, a new adventure begins with the first book of the Rise and Fall trilogy. While set in the same world as Riyria and Legends of the First Empire, this is a standalone series, so no prior knowledge of the other books is required to enjoy it to its fullest.

Reviewed by Ashley on

3 of 5 stars


Disappointed in this…

My main issue is that it didn't feel like anything new. The villain from this book was the same as in Revelations! That felt hugely disappointing to me. I know these characters live for a long time, but I wanted new material.

I didn't read Legends before this, because Nolyn is advertised as requiring no prior knowledge, but there are SO MANY references to what I think was that series, and I imagined I would have had a greater appreciation for this book if I had that context.

And finally, I just didn't have a strong connection to any of the characters.

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