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Age Of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire Paperback – 31 Jan 2017
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Praise for Michael J. Sullivan"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun."--Publishers Weekly, on Theft of Swords "Filled with adventure and clever dialog and featuring a pair of not-quite-heroes whose loyalties to each other provide them with their greatest strength, this epic fantasy showcases the arrival of a master storyteller."--Library Journal, on Theft of Swords "With less gore and a smaller cast of characters than George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire but equally satisfying, Sullivan's epic fantasy will be gaining fans at exponential rates."--Library Journal, on The Rose and the Thorn
About the Author
Michael J. Sullivan opened the first door to his imagination with typewriter keys found in a friend's basement when he was just ten years old. Today he uses computer keys, writing classic fantasy with unlikely heroes, including the bestselling Riyria novels and his latest epic Legends of the First Empire.
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We have two main characters, Raithe and Persephone, both humans in what seems like fairly early bronze age technology tribes. We also have a few other POV's, in particular Arion, a practitioner of the Art in Fhrey (Elvish) society, which I particularly liked. It's set in the same world as the Riyria Revelations and Chronicles but thousands of years before. The Fhrey are considered gods by the humans and are starting to think it themselves, at least in certain parts of the society. As you might gather the focus of this book is how the humans are starting to become disabused of this notion and the consequences of this from both sides.
Like all the books of his I've read there's nothing particularly earth shakingly new about the concepts here but there's just something about the writing, about the dialogue and characterization that I really love. It could be because the author has already said that the books are basically already 'written' so I am always wondering at things, wondering if they are foreshadowing something, it is a great to experience. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who liked the Riyria books or who just loves a good old school, high fantasy adventure, you will not be disappointed!
I got Age of Myth on the day it was released. It's just as good as the Riyria series, and best of all there are five more to come. Not, I hasten to add, that Sullivan 'might write five more at some point.' They're already written and are being released on an annual basis. What could be better?
Age of Swords is the next one to be released in July 2017.
It's well worth following his blog, too.
The author has a good way of weaving a world that feels rich and rounded. It’s a little convoluted and confusing to begin with, and there are many threads left dangling at the end.
Despite the odd modern turn of phrase I would recommend this to any fans of fantasy with an epic vista, intriguing world building, deepening characters and battling 'wizards'!
One star held back because of the early challenge to persevere.
I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Yes, elves are a Tolkien creation but why not use them? They are a well-defined race of aloof beings and make for the perfect accompaniment to the human race and their lack of understanding of other beings. In this case, they see the Fhrey as gods. Why not? They live for thousands of years and they have strange godly powers.
In my opinion, fantasy lovers should read this series.
I would give this five stars except it all just feels a bit too familiar. Two very different men thrown together into an adventure, very Hadrian/Royce like. The chieftian, wife felt like Arista, the mystic felt like Gwen, etc etc you get the point. I also really didnt get into the elf based chapters, maybe elves are intrinsically boring.
On the plus side the twist at the end was completely unexpected but still made sense. Throug most of thr book i had a good idea what would happen next but this surprised me and I am now looking forwards to the next book.
The writing was good, well paced for most of the book and generally the same quality as his previous works. We also got some more quite juicy lore on both the magic and gods in this universe and i hope to see more of that in the sequels.
All in all 4 1/2 our of 5, my only issues with it were the boring elves and the somewhat overly familiar story.
amazing powers over life and death have total control. Or do they Their arrogance is crumbling.