Review Farilane – Michael J Sullivan

Being an unwanted twin in the imperial line of succession, Farilane becomes a scholar, an adventurer, and—in a time when reading is forbidden—a hunter of books. Her singular obsession is finding the mythical Book of Brin, a tome not just lost but intentionally buried. Although she is 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

As with many of Sullivan’s books, I backed the Kickstarter for Farilane. One would think I would make use of the earlier access… but nope. I just ended up using an Audible credit for it. The audiobook is amazing though.

You are supposed to be able to read this book on its own. I don’t think that is quite true though. There are quite a few connections to the Legends of the First Empire series, and I feel you would just miss out on too much to fully understand this book. If you have read that series though, you will appreciate this book all the more though.

Throughout the last few books of Sullivan I’ve gotten a bit underwhelmed. I felt he relied too heavily on nostalgia and ’emotional moments’, making those moments less impactful. So I was very happy to see we have a relatively new set of characters in this book (although we also see some familiar faces). One might think that because of that we miss a connection with Farilane, but that was not true for me at all. First of, Sullivan has definitely put his stamp on her. It is so obvious that she was created by his mind that even though she is new to us she feels familiar and comforting. And she is a great character… fun, brave, smart, (too) quick to act and has a great heart.

Seeing the story through Farilane’s eyes makes this epic fantasy still feel light and fun. Yes this book is almost 400 pages, but I read it in a single sitting. Normally when listening to an audiobook I need something to keep my hands busy so my mind doesn’t wander. That was not the case here. I could just sit and let Tim Gerold Reynolds tell me this (very fun) story and be perfectly happy.

And then there was the ending… which was perfect and I hated it for that. I cried so much! Where the heartstring-pulling moments in Sullivan’s previous few books just missed their mark, this one was a definite bulls-eye.

Sullivan has done an amazing job with this book. Maybe not his best work (how can one top Royce and Hadrian though), but definitely up there with the greats. I loved every second of this and it made me feel all of the feels… from laughing out loud to absolutely sobbing.

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