Title / Nolyn
Author / Michael J Sullivan
Published / 2021
Page no. / 480
Overall Rating / ★★★★
Nolyn is the first book in the Rise and Fall series. Although it is set in the same world as the Riyria series and the Legend of the First Empire series, this trilogy is standalone tale and so you don’t have to read the previous work to enjoy it. The story takes place over eight hundred years after the events of the Legend of the First Empire series and the two main characters, Nolyn and Serphyrn, are children of the legendary characters from that series.
Once again, Sullivan has created a compelling and enjoyable tale set in this vivid world. It was so good to be back in this world and exploring it with new characters was so enjoyable. The writing continues to be great and I found it so easy to settle into the flow of the story. It had been a while since I last read any books set in this world but I was immersed once again from the very beginning. The side characters really brought out the best of the main characters and their story arcs. I liked the protagonist but their interactions with the side characters just made it even better. At this point I’ve read over 10 books set in this world and I enjoy them every time. There is so much to enjoy with this book (and previous books) – the world is a vivid one, the characters are well written and the plot is compelling. Basically I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the next one.
Nolyn was a fantastic introduction to this new trilogy and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. Whether you’ve read the previous books in the other series or are completely new to this world, I think you’ll really enjoy this one. Although you can read this trilogy without reading the previous books, I would still recommend reading them since they’ll give more meaning and history to the story. The second book, Farilane, is set to be released some time next year and I will definitely be checking it out. Have you guys read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.