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Evan Burl and the Falling, Vol. 1-2 [Kindle Edition]

Justin Blaney
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Book Description

Discover #1 bestselling novel, Evan Burl and the Falling

A monster lives in all of us.

My father abandoned me when I was an infant.
My friends have turned against me.
My uncle beats me.
The most powerful men in the world want me dead.
They all have one thing in common.
They think I'm turning into a monster.

I'm starting to worry they're right.

Over a thousand years, one man unlocks sapience—the ability to transform the imagined into reality. But not everyone believes sapience is a gift because this power blurs the lines between dreaming and waking, making it impossible to divide real life from nightmare and friend from enemy.

The most powerful of these sapients rule the world, sharing little in common save their venom for each other and lurid horror for Evan Burl—a sixteen-year-old imprisoned with twelve immortal orphans in a haunted castle surrounded by the bones of a forgotten city. Evan finds a letter that orders his execution—signed by his own father—that reveals Evan's latent supernatural talents. As Evan makes use of his new abilities, he loses his grasp on the physical world and fears he might be responsible for the string of gruesome deaths that have begun to plague the orphans.

With each passing day, Evan's waking world is fading into a mist of dreams, replaced by starless nightmares that just might be real. The fates of those who remain alive rest on whether Evan can regain his ability to tell dream from reality and save his friends from the sapients who would rather the world forget that these twelve orphans ever lived.

Praise for Evan Burl and the Falling

"Amazing!" — Melissa Williard

"The best fantasy book I've ever read" — Mitsy Princell

"I want more! It just isn't right that's over. Evan Burl is every bit as good as the top YA fiction out there right now, in my opinion, better. The characters are brilliant, each story line is captivating, the content is complex and unpredictable, and I am intrigued to read more." — Bethany Canfield

“I’ll never view a clear, blue sky the same! This book took ahold of my imagination and guided me through the forgotten hallways and secret rooms I’ve always dreamed of finding. A fantastic story about the burden of knowing one’s destiny, and desperately trying to avoid it.” — Eric Nienaber

“Wickedly complex villains so entertaining and terrifying they’ll get under your skin and never let go. Evan Burl’s world will fascinate you, creep you out and leave you begging for more.” — Mary Weber

“This eerie world and amazing cast of characters grabbed my heart from the first page and never let go. I can honestly say I would do anything to get an advance copy of Evan Burl’s next chapter.” — Natalie Medina

“I’m hooked. So many threads of greatness, I can’t wait to see how the series ends.” — Annie Biondi

"This book will take you on a fantastic odyssey that immerses your senses with riveting action … you will see, hear, smell and feel Evan's dangerous journey of self-discovery, constantly in fear that something could rise up out of the ground beneath your chair and pull you into this strange world." — Hilary Hansen

“Justin Blaney creates a wonderful world of intrigue, mischief, and magic that comes alive through vivid storytelling. This is a struggle of good and evil at its finest ... it will have your mind on edge as you race to the end.” — Kari Skinner

“This one is definitely a page turner! I must say this novel is much different than anything I have ever read.” — Linda (from

“Rich, believable characters set in a captivating storyline that made me constantly anxious about what would come next. This story of hope and redemption will have you rooting for Evan to find the good within himself.” — Marisa Loper

“A fantastic read.” — Jestmesue (from

“I am in love with this book” — Magen Bosarge

Editorial Reviews


"Mind blowingly brilliant! There are no comparisons."  - Sarah Oxford

"Mystery, horror and a touch of romance... this novel will haunt you." - Cindi Clubbs

From the Author

This story about an orphan named Evan Burl is fiction, but millions of children in the real world will go to sleep tonight without any parents to tuck them in.

That is why 10% of the profit from this book goes to caring for orphans and supporting at-risk youth around the world.

Please consider joining me in helping real kids experience their own happy endings by donating time or money to an orphanage or non-profit that benefits at-risk youth near you.

Two great organizations to consider supporting if you aren't aware of one already:

Justin Blaney
Author of Evan Burl and the Falling

Product Details

  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Inkliss; 2 edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090WXO16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,344 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger Ending. Maybe. September 23, 2012
By Iola
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Evan Burl, age fifteen, is the oldest of a group of orphans who live and work in the isolated castle of Dǣmanhur under the brutal supervision of Uncle M¹zol and his goons, Ballard and Yesler. The orphans are always hungry, are punished severely for breaking the rules, and are forced to work from sunup to sundown. A mysterious message in the Book predicts that Evan will become an evil sapient when he turns sixteen, and that he cannot be turned from his destiny.

Each chapter begins with a header specifying how long until the mysterious 'Falling'. This is important to note, as the story moves back and forward in time. I think this was meant to be a literary device to enhance suspense. Personally, I found it irritating. One flashback is one thing, but this felt more like telling a story in two timelines at once.

It takes a while for the story to really gain its stride--at first, it seems as though it is trying too hard, with the melodramatic evil uncle, the punishments and the affected spelling of character's names. But once it settle in and gains pace, it improves ... only to finish with a `to be continued' cliffhanger ending, with no resolution to any of the questions raised. What are the orphans manufacturing? What is the `falling'? Where did the orphans come from? Is Evan really evil?

Evan Burl and the Falling could be the start of something good. But it finished too soon and left too many unanswered questions for my liking. I personally prefer each book in a series to have a partial resolution that gives more clues about the final climax, which completes the overall story arc.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime time. January 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, a very big thank you to Justin Blaney, the author, for providing free versions of the book. At first I thought there was some complicated problems with the first formats I tried to read (mobi, epub, etc). Justine tried to resolve the problem by offering the novel in every conceivable format for free. Turns out all the e-versions have the same problem related to the use of special characters, usually used in the name of the primary characters. In the e-formats those special characters were simply a blank square box. That's a tough start when the first thing a reader deals with is how to figure out what these character's names are or how to pronounce them. This is a very common mistake made by beginning science fiction or fantasy writers. I didn't try the PDF or the hard copy so I'm not sure this problem would present itself in these editions.

Before the opening there is a “Cast of Characters”. This is thoughtful of the writer and does comes in handy.

The opening scene is, what we are lead to believe, a Falling. And it does it's job. It is exciting and it keeps you reading. Naturally, it breaks away before the splat. There-after the “time until falling” at the start of each chapter seems directly linked to the climax of the book.

The natural reading instinct is that this “time until falling” is a dramatic “tick-tock” tool effectively used by nearly every author in some form or another, ticking down to the climax for the story.

Big mistake... careful attention to this “tick-tock” the reader learns this dramatic tool is being used to flash-forward and flash-back in the story which only confuses things if you're not ready for it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic January 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
You won't be disappointed! With its starving abused "fallings", evil ruthless characters, mysterious events and Evan Burl....determined to save the fallings and himself, all without turning into the monster a mysterious letter claimed he would become. This is a well paced, rich, magical journey. With a world built with such color and flare you can imagine yourself there with the jungle bearing down on you or feel the breeze on the beach.

The way the story develops and jumps between characters compounding mystery and creating a dynamic of conflicting characters only adds to the whole. I can't wait to to see how this story plays out in the next installment. I am recommending this book to everyone!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Full of Mystery and Suspense May 27, 2013
By Sara G.
Format:Kindle Edition
A big thank you to Justin Blaney for sending me a paperback in exchange for an honest review. I finished the book with the newly edited ebook copy.

When Justin Blaney asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his book Evan Burl and the Falling I went and read the blurb to see if I would be interested. And after reading the above description I was really intrigued and anxiously said yes. Once I read the first chapter I was hooked. Justin Blaney has a way of writing that keeps you turning pages to try and unravel the mystery. And this book had a lot of mystery. Just when I thought I had one thing figured out I would turn a few pages and find things had changed, and things were not always as they seemed. The mystery and thrilling ride was kept going until the very end when everything finally came together, yet it left a little mystery for a sequel but not enough to have me screaming "WHAT!"

Evan Burl has been living as a sort of orphan at Daemanhur castle with his uncle Mazol. There are orphans called the fallings that fall from the sky in chests that open magically with a key that was sent with the chest before it. And there are machines that run as if by magic that all the orphans are forced to work on even though they have no idea what they are making. This is all part of a much bigger thrilling story of sapience and those that would do anything to control it and use it for their own power and gain. Evan discovers he is in the middle of it as he begins to uncover his own powers and the delusions that come with it. Evan just wants to do what was right and save his family from Mazol and his henchmen but even he can't predict where the story will go.

One of my favorite characters was Cevo. Cevo was pure evil. This character is severely warped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Well written.
Published 7 days ago by Donald Victory
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but really good read
Good story telling. Needs proofing. (I proof for a good story.) Fresh and interesting plot after a slow start. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Abbie Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't seem like two volumes to me.
It is a good book but I was not able to distinguish the line between each volume. Very annoying to not know that it will pick up where this left off if I buy the next volume or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Morales
3.0 out of 5 stars I found the book kind of confusing sometimes with Evan's ...
I found the book kind of confusing sometimes with Evan's thoughts. I am curious how the story will end though and have purchased Vol. 1-4.
Published 1 month ago by Ali Umland
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous prose
The writing is gorgeous poetry and as original as the story. Unlike others, I didn’t find it confusing, but then I’m not obsessed with knowing every detail before it needs to be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by F Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Evan Burl is stronger than he thinks..
I loved the books of Evan Burl, and look forward to reading volumes 3 and 4. I just didn't want to put the book down, wondering what would happen next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this book
Really liked this book. Much better than the usual tripe being called fantasy. Pretty dark and gloomy, a little reminiscent of the King/Straub Talisman collaboration. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melanie Omer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive...
The issues that were noted on another review, with the special characters - have been resolved as far as I can tell. I didn't notice any blank squares. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars confused
Just ok
Published 3 months ago by Paul Buteau
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not really that good.
Published 3 months ago by veronica mabee
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More About the Author

Justin Blaney is the #1 bestselling author of 6 books including Evan Burl and the Falling and the critically acclaimed photography journal, Fast Wide Open. He began college at 16, married his high school sweetheart at 17, and had three daughters by 21. While earning several graduate degrees and raising his young family, Justin founded more than a dozen businesses and nonprofits, making him a millionaire at the age of 25. He has since lost his fortune several times over, but through the ups and downs discovered the work for which he was designed. 

Justin's passion is helping individuals and organizations generate an audience of advocates built on trust, consistency and clarity. Justin's speaks, writes and consults on marketing, storytelling and networking. He's reached millions of people in dozens of countries, getting to work with and be mentored by some of the most influential figures of our time. His blogs, and receive over 500,000 monthly views and he is followed by more than 40,000 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, Goodreads, and LinkedIn. Justin and his family live outside Seattle.

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