There's already been more than 1,, votes cast! Between ebook, print and audio more than 47, copies have been sold - that's a much faster debut than any of my other novels so I'm really quite happy about that. I should note that print "sales" are books that left the warehouse and may not have sold through to consumers, but I'm watching the "returns" and they have been very small so far.
But the really exciting thing is the reviews and how positive they have been. Right now between Amazon US, Audible, and Goodreads there have been 6, reviews and the breakdown is: But the most exciting thing is the number of comments I've seen about people reading me for the first time and now are delving into Riyria. That's always the hope, of course, but glad to see it's turning out to be true. I started it in February so it's been a long time in the making. I'm really pleased with how the first few days have gone. Sales have been brisk can tell because my position on Amazon's Top Fantasy Authors improved significantly.
I usually hang out around 50 - , and I got as high as 8 and am now in the teens. Given how many books are vying for that position I'm pretty proud they feel strongly enough about AoM to give it that prime real estate. Let's see what else. There are only 21 selected 3 from my genre so nice to make it on that. Hoping the book is a big success, I don't want to let down my readers, publisher, or others in the industry who are doing and saying such nice things on its behalf.
I found out I had two reviews going with updates in both so I attempted to merge them. In doing so I lost a whole bunch of updates - more than a years worth!! Oh well. Here's the current update. I'm currently listening to the full recording for the audio book to proof it.
Yes, you can all be jealous that I get to hear Tim's wonderful narration 2 months ahead of time. A perk of being the author! Both betas have finished up on book 1. A few changes, but not too bad. We're getting there! The second beta read is over, and Robin has input compiled and waiting for me. But the most exciting news is It's officially announced that the books will be released by Random House's Del Rey imprint and as I mentioned in the last update the first book is scheduled for the Summer of Now, I know that sounds like a really long time, but that means I'll have a runway to get a Riyria Chronicles book out this year.
I already have a few minor changes based on that book - but they are minor and will be easy to implement. We have selected a publisher and hope to make an "official announcement" soon. I couldn't be happier about this, and they are as excited as I am about the project always a good thing. Tentative release date is Summer , which is reasonable since they don't have the "official manuscript yet.
The second beta is winding to a close. It went very well So once I get done with book 5 still hoping for April - May I'll be starting the changes and hope to have an "official" version to them - whereby their editing will start, fairly soon. Since that time I've finished the next three books in books in the series, and I hope to finish the last book by April or May The book went through it's first beta in December , and it's going through another right now in January.
It's also been submitted to publishers. I know a lot of people are waiting for this series, and I plan on rolling it out with some cool stuff bookmarks, signed postcards, bookplates, etc So if you are interested in any pre-release perks or would like to be a beta reader here is a form where you can sign up for such things. Also I'll update progress here as time goes on. I can't wait to read more of his books!
In the days of darkness before the war, men were called Rhunes. We lived in Rhuneland or Rhulyn as it was once known. We had little to eat and much to fear. What we feared most were the gods across the Bern River, where we were not allowed. Most people believe out conflict with the Fhrey started at the Battleground of Grandford, but it actually began on a day in early spring when two men crossed the river. Their village was starving and Raithe's dad thought it would be okay.
BUT, it was not. And Raithe's father was killed. And a god was killed somewhat by the hand of Raithe. After this little incident, Raithe ends up with a sidekick named Malcolm. He was a slave to the god that was killed. Anyway, Raithe and Malcolm are wonderful characters. I loved their banter, I loved every thing about them really. They went on a journey together. Raithe to find somewhere to find a home of his own and Malcolm, just because.
Meanwhile over in Dahl Rhen, Persephone finds out her husband, the chieftan, Reglan has been killed by the fearsome bear - Grin the Brown. She is always there. I see The Great Bear every night in the star-filled sky. To most people, it's just a group of stars. But to those who lived during that terrible time, they will always represent Grin the Brown. Even though I never personally saw her, stories of that beast scared me to death. Well, Grin seems to have killed many people in her time. Since Persephone's husband was killed, she had to step down after 20 years of running things.
The idiot Konniger and idiot wife Tressa that took Persephone and Reglan's place were stupid and Konniger got what was coming to him anyway. Persephone is such a wonderful character. I just loved her and I was so happy when Raithe and Malcolm came into her life. Well, they saved her from being killed but that's all I'm going to say. Oh and Raithe is known country wide as the God Killer. There is also a little girl in the village that came to Persephone and her name is Suri. She told Persephone that she was a mystic and that the old mystic that took her in was dead.
Suri also has a beautiful white wolf named Minna. I loved them so much. All of these people and wolf come together to try to help each other. Suri had a wolf named Minna. They were the best of friends and roamed the forest together. She had tattoos, was always filthy, afraid of nothing, and could do magic. From the first time I met her, I wanted to be Suri. I still do.
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But there are some Fhrey that end up at the village and want to side with the humans and help them. The leader of that little group is called Nyphron. I liked them too. They had a cool giant named, Grygor and it was a totally lovely moment when he was asking one of the ladies how she was cooking a chicken and gave her some herbs to add to it. That was all it took for me, him being a bad ssed giant that could cook. She saw many future events and talked to nature and the trees. It was so cool. She saved them many times. And she was saved herself. Oh and the revelations of certain things made me cry.
There are other people in the book that I just didn't care about at all. But one of them changed my mind and her name was Arion. She had many powers and some things happened when she ended up at the village trying to take the other gods back. Then some other stuff happened later on and she turned out to be a great person along with the rest of them that I loved. I won't say anything else because I will get off on a spoiler review and I don't want to do that. I want everyone to enjoy this wonderful book for themselves!
View all 65 comments. Shelves: awesome-audio , bro-mantic , fantastic-fantasy , super-sidekicks , witches-warlocks-and-magic , stars , buddy-read , chick-i-want-to-hang-out-with , kick-ass-heroines. I was too. But this is awesome for a few reasons. You know going in that there is a plan and everything is going to make sense in the long run. And you KNOW that you will make it to the end of the series. For me that is HUGE. Even as much as I love Branson Sanderson who is a writing machine his Stormlight Archives series is going to be 10 books long AND he is writing other series in between.
He does it all…. His world and characters are rich and deep and even when you think you know the story…. Sword fighting, mystery, danger, magical battles, plots and sub plots, a smidgen of romance and a story that draws you in and makes you feel like you are there.
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They are huge and daunting fantasies and more for someone well versed in that genre. For this books specifically but really MJS has characters that stay with you. Royce and Hadrian from Riyria will have one of my favorite bromances of all time. Suri I can already tell will be a favorite character for me from any book. Raithe grew up believing in Gods until the day he killed one that is. If I cut off his head, will he stay down longer? You killed him. So much so that many of the humans think they are gods. That is always really exciting for me when I pick up a new book and immediately know that it has characters I will carry away with me forever.
Take Suri for example Suri had a wolf named Minna. From the first time I met her, I wanted to be Suri… I still do. She is wild, innocent and charming. She talks to trees, has a wolf for a sister and grew up in the forest. She is also a mystic and has come to tell the clan that everyone is going to die. I loved every moment she was on page and most of the time she had my giggling at her perception of everyone else.
Persephone was not at all what I expected. But that is the point isn't it. Something tells me it will be epic to be sure and I think Suri gives us a little hint of that here. No one can see a butterfly and not stop to admire it. To go to sleep and wake up a season later with such beautiful wings and the ability to flutter about. To change, to grow, to fly. I suspect there is a great price to go from lowly caterpillar to glorious butterfly.
He had simple dreams and wonderful aspirations for a peaceful life. But I think after you kill a god no matter how much you try peace is the last thing you will find in your life. Especially when it seems all the gods are looking for you. While I really like Raithe as a reluctant hero both Suri and Persephone really stole the show character wise.
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Raithe does get a few great moments most of them involving his new friend Malcolm who seems to get him into a lot of trouble, in the funniest ways possible though. Enter Nyphron a warrior god. Like Persephone he ended up being different than I expected. The same goes for all the Fhrey. Some are warriors, some have magic and some are growers of food. They are as diverse and complex as any culture and there seem to be some mysteries and plots afoot surrounding the new Fane.
There are also a lot of other great characters that have so much potential. Roan the former slave and brilliant inventor, Moya a beauty with a sharp tongue and Brin who it appears will eventually have a book filled with great information since each chapter starts with a quote from the BOOK OF BRIN my favorite being It was like waiting for the sunrise and a chicken to hatch— if the sun marked the end of the world and the chicken was an all-devouring demon. We got to know all the main players.
Some better than others and there were quite a few surprises and reveals throughout the story. I was left wanting more. More time with Suri and Persephone, more information on the mysterious door and what might be behind it along with who and the heck Trilos is. I wanted much more Nyphron and the Galantians along with Malcolm and Raithe. Audio Note Tim Gerard Reynolds nailed it and performed the story fantastically as always.
View all 56 comments. May 29, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc , fantasy , magic , read-in ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Age of Myth is set 3, years before the the Riyria Revelations , but don't be scared because this series is meant to be read separately and there will be no spoilers if you haven't completed it or even started it. This book also kind of gave me a Mistborn vibe, because each chapter starts out with a passage from The book of Brin.
But unlike Mistborn , there isn't much of a mystery, because we are quickly introduced to B ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. But unlike Mistborn , there isn't much of a mystery, because we are quickly introduced to Brin and we know she is an apprentice to one day become the keeper of ways in her village. That basically means she is supposed to remember and tell all of the stories that have happened before and during her time, thus this story unravels.
I actually haven't read anything by Michael J. Sullivan before, but after reading this I will quickly remedy that. This book was a delight that completely immersed me into this world of gods, men Rhunes , and men who everyone thinks are gods Fhrey. This book has very many characters and very many points of view, but all are inferior to my beloved Suri.
She is my newest beautiful little cinnamon roll that is too good for this world, too pure. Suri is an amazing fourteen-ish year old with an equally adorable pet wolf, Minna. She is also a mystic, which means she has some magic and has many means in which to predict the future. One day she gets a premonition in the form of a vision I did not mean to make that rhyme, but now I'm just thinking about Hamilton that is going to be disastrous for the whole world.
Her old trainer and the woman that raised her, a well respected Augur named Tura, told Suri that if she ever got a vision like this, she had to tell it to the Chieftain of Clan Rhen. Then we have Persephone, who Suri tells her ill-fated premonition to, because she is the Chieftain's wife and he is out on a revenge mission to kill a bear that has caused a lot of pain in their village.
Persephone is a great female lead, as well, and shows how strong she is time and time again throughout this book. I truly came to love Persephone by the end of this book, and she showed exponential characters growth. That is, until the three story-lines that spring from these three events meet towards the middle and the end of this book. The next story line, and first perspective we actually get to see, is Raithe's. Raithe only has his father left in his world, and desperate times makes them make a desperate decision to trespass in lands that mere men are not allowed to venture to.
After a grave decision that soon changes everyone's world, Raithe is forced to flee with a slave named Malcom, who has quite an affinity for rocks. Arion is from the Miralyith tribe, which is the tribe that thinks they are pretty much gods or at least the closest thing to it. Arion does not completely share this view, but still holds a very high place of honor in this society and is the tutor to the crown prince. Miralyiths pretty much rule the Instarya tribe, because even though Instaryas have very strong warrior skills, Miralyiths have more powerful magic, which they call the arts.
Arion is incredibly skilled in the arts, yet is still somewhat forced to go on a mission to bring back an Instarya captain that has broken rank violently and then went rogue with some of his men. What happens when these three paths cross is magical and has become one of my favorite reads of I truly fell in love with this start of what is sure to be an epic series. Michael J. Sullivan did say he wrote the entirety of this series before releasing this first installment, so thank the Lord for that, because I'm not sure I could wait too long to see what happens, especially with that jaw dropping ending twist that I never saw coming.
If you like epic fantasies with high adventure and multiple points of view, I really think you'll enjoy this. I went into this book not expecting much, mostly because I haven't read the Riyria Revelations , yet, but I came out incredible happy with all my five star needs met. The world building was outstanding, the character development was fantastic, and the overall story completely captivated me.
If you're on the fence about this book, I say it is definitely worth the gamble and that you will most likely be very satisfied. Oh, and did I mention the trees talk? Be still, my Raven Boy heart. View all 29 comments. I've merged them so No future updates to this. To see the updates you can go to this link. View all 87 comments.
Well done Michael J Sullivan, a job well done. One of the reasons for this is because of this time, I started the book with the right expectation compared to when I started Riyria Revelations. Back when I started Theft of Swords omnibus, everyone I know told me something like "Riyria Revelations is the most epic fantasy series with the best bromance ever".
I strongly disagree with that notion on both accounts. The thing is, no one told me that the start of the series would be so underwhelming, unoriginal, boring and weak. Honestly speaking though, I bought this book just because the cover was done by one of my favorite cover artist, Marc Simonetti, I mean.. This method, however also means that the first book has the tendency to be the weakest out of the entire series, like the case with Riyria Revelations. The great thing is if this series follows the same sense of progression in quality, then yes, this could be even better by Riyria Revelations by the end of it judging from how superior the first book is in comparison.
The plot started when Raithe, a Rhune human killed a Fhrey Elf , which were worshiped as Gods during this era. This sparks the flame of rebellions and basically, Age of Myth revolves only around introducing the main characters and how the human gathered their army for the upcoming war. I finished reading the book within two days, it was addictive to read despite not a lot of things happening, the main reason for this is due to the lovable characters and prose.
Malcolm, Persephone, Suri, and Minna a white wolf are definitely my favorite characters of the book so far. Sullivan, however, made up for this lack of originality with his prose, which in my opinion has increased significantly in quality. The rest of the problems I had with the book mostly lie within its convenience factor. The climax of this book, for instance, it lasted a full chapter of battle but ended within two paragraphs after a character you can probably guess who which were there since the beginning of the climax section, decided to join.
Although the characters are lovable, Suri and Minna aside, the characters seemed to be a carbon copy from Riyria Revelations with different names, specifically Raithe, Malcolm and Persephone. This, of course, have the potential to change when I progressed further into the series. Lastly, I may be being nit picky here but I find some of the characters naming here to be completely out of place.
It took my immersion away every time some modern names were mentioned in high fantasy books. Can you imagine if Legolas were named Kevin? Or Aragorn was named Jim? Frodo named Daniel? Overall, I truly enjoyed reading Age of Myth despite the problems I had with it.
Considering that this is only the first book out of six, and written by Michael Sullivan, I have high hopes that the last book of the series will again be included in my favorite shelves. Recommended for anyone who loves classic fantasy or looking into starting adult high fantasy for the first time. View all 60 comments. Jun 30, Choko rated it it was amazing Shelves: advanture , fantasy. This is a pure delight and so well told, our generation is lucky to have such a wonderful, natural storyteller!!!!!
It was better the second time around! When I bought this book I thought it was a safe bet for a solid read, since I have read other books by this author and already knew he was a very talented storyteller. He writes a Classic Fantasy with easy humor and a brighter outlook, which is a breath of fresh air in a heavily populated by Grim-Dark genre. Not that I mind my dark and gloomy Grim reads. On the contrary - I like beheadings, torture, and hopelessly flawed shady characters as much as the next guy, but after a steady diet of tragic endings, a book that laughs at its misfortune and offers some blue skies and sunshine at the end of the tunnel is a very welcome change!!!!
We need some hope, something good to look forward to, not only in real life, but in our fictional lives as well. What is the point of everything otherwise? I am a strong believer in mixing it up!!! Variety is the spice of life, even when it comes to our favorite things:- So, I ordered the book knowing I will be satisfied with the results one way or another. Then I began reading and could not put it down!!!! MJS has gotten even better since releasing the previous series!!!
It is subtle, but his story flows in a most a fluid but deliberate way. The author leads us by the hand into the primitive world of Elan, years before the Riyria Chronicles, a time when humans consider the Fhrey as gods. At the same time, the regular Fhrey pale in comparison with the ones who possess Magic, the Miraliyth, perfecting its mastery to the elevation of an Art form.
Some Magical Artists feel that they have transcended into true gods, finding the rest of the world, including other tribes of Fhrey, mundane and vastly inferior. A young man finds himself in the horrifying position of killing one of the "gods" and the startling revelation that such thing is at all possible, turns the world on its ears. The book introduces a myriad of characters of all ilks and creeds, all social layers, political and magic power, as well as some very humanized trees and animals. We get a great explanation about the influence of Weeping Willows on distraught individuals, as well as the rules of the game of pointing the obvious As always, MJS creates some of the most compelling female characters in the genre, period!!!
I was in love with some of the ladies at first read, while the mystic girl child Suri stole my heart at her first appearance on page, arising all sorts of maternal instincts in me, and believe me, I don't really have those!!! The old lady who hung out with the women and showed them how to pluck a chicken reminded me so much of my grandma, that I rushed to the phone to call and say hi:- The guys were good too, but we are going to need more from them in the future in order to live up to their female counterparts!
With the characters being so colorful and multilayered, the story took a bit of a secondary place, but the natural banter, the depth created by small details and context, rather than grand descriptions and emotional angst, and the core of humor running through every page, made for an enthralling read!! I could not have asked for a better gift than the giddiness and joy this first book in a 5 or 6 book arc brought me!!! There were moments I called my best friend just so I can share with her the mastery of wordsmithship and storytelling!!!
It tickled that part of my soul which basks in the glory of poetry and lush prose!!!! Call me weird, but the way words can be strung in a variety of unique melodies, that is a language that speaks to my heart!!! I will not discuss the plot, since I always like for people to discover it the way it is meant to be discovered, but I will say that it is an introduction book and more time is given to making us familiar with the world and its rules than plot advancement.
I will recommend this book to all fans of Fantasy and Adventure. It is strongly reminiscent of the traditional High Fantasy genre, but it has a very fresh, humorous, and innovative outlook!!! I believe it would find a way to satisfy the requirements of the traditionalists as well as those who are looking for a more updated look of our beloved Fantasy field. So what are you waiting for??? Go read it!!!! I wish you all Happy Reading and may your imagination reach ever higher on the pages of Fantasy!!!
View all 45 comments. Apr 15, Mischenko rated it really liked it. To see this review and others, please visit www. Sullivan is the first book in the Legends of the First Empire series. I've been wanting to read Michael Sullivan's books for some time and decided I'd start with Age of Myth after learning that it was the first book in a new series and in the Riyria world 3, years prior. I went into the book completely blind, not having a clue what to expect.
I'll start by saying I enjoyed this fantasy world. I lov To see this review and others, please visit www. I knew in the first part of the book that Raithe would be a favorite. There's something great about an author that can make me feel connected to characters and that's exactly how I felt when reading this book. I loved how the three main characters and plots come together, the interaction, development and twists -all of it.
I felt like I had a good visual of the characters in my mind as well. I was pleased with every part of the book and happy with the ending too. It was an easy and surprisingly fast read. The glossary of terms and names in the back were helpful. I'm really excited to see what's going to happen in the next book and I'm astonished that the author has already written all of the other five books for this series.
Getting a sneak peak into Age of Swords was unexpected. How awesome is that! I'm not a fantasy expert, but I think anyone who enjoys fantasy will like this book. View all 17 comments. The beginning of a great epic fantasy series! I know pretty much zero about the other Ryria books, except that many epic fantasy fans are very enthusiastic about them, but I really enjoyed Age of Myth and am anxious to start the next book in this series, Age of Swords , which will be published July 25, In Elan there are five major races, but Age of Myth focuses on just two of those races.
Humans are known as the Rhune, and their society is at primitive, pre-Iron Age stage a copper sword is a Very Big Deal , living in clans in villages. The lives of the Rhune people have similarities to early Celtic society during the Neolithic period — BC. The Rhune live near but entirely separate from the Fhrey race, who the humans think of as immortal gods. The status quo is upended one day when a human father and son, caught on the wrong side of a river defining the borders of human land, clash with a Fhrey.
And now all bets are off, though the humans are at a terrible disadvantage technologically and magically. Raithe, who has now garnered the appellation of the God Killer, eventually joins up with the Dahl Rhen village, which is undergoing its own internal upheaval. Reglan, the chieftain of Dahl Rhen, has just been killed in a conflict with Grin the Brown, an immense bear with an unfortunate taste for human flesh.
The arrival of Raithe and other strangers at Dahl Rhen may affect both the internal conflict and the larger one looming with the Fhrey. Age of Myth is epic fantasy based on familiar European culture and folklore, though from an earlier era than most fantasy novels. Using details of characters and their lives, he immerses the reader in this clannish world, where life is difficult and precarious. The plot is complex and layered without tipping over into confusion and opacity. Though magic plays a role, it can be an elusive one: some events that at first appear to be magical are eventually revealed to have a more mundane explanation, and vice versa.
The characters in Age of Myth are well-rounded, not always what you might expect, with human flaws, and there are several great woman characters. One of the main characters is Persephone, an attractive 37 year old widow with a gift for leadership. Her Fhrey counterpart is Arion, a strong-willed wielder of magic who is navigating the treacherous political scene in Fhrey society and teach the spoiled young son of the fane, the Fhrey ruler, to be a better magic practitioner and a better person.
Suri is a young teenager, with mystical abilities that are apparently unique among the Rhune and with a dislike for human society, preferring her white wolf Minna and the company of friendly trees. Age of Myth begins a five-novel arc, but it ends with a natural break i. I found it absorbing reading, and jumped straight into Age of Swords , the next volume, as soon as I was done with this one.
View all 10 comments. Age of Myth is the first book of Michael J. Sullivan newest series, the Legends of the First Empire. Set years before the timeline of Riyria Revelations, the series aspires to set the record straight and tell the truth behind the myths shrouding the First Empire's creation. Age of Myth's stunning cover, designed by Marc Simonetti Being a huge fan of the Riyria Revelations and Chronicles, it was pretty obvious for me that I would seek to read the new story Michael J.
Sullivan has written in th Age of Myth is the first book of Michael J. Sullivan has written in the world of Elan. And I had so much fun reading Age of Myth. It was so exciting to know more about the early foundations of the Empire, to meet the people behind the myths and to collect the hints and links to the original series : Avempartha, Horn of Gylindora, Cenzlyors and much more Funny, however, how even the true events taking place in this book are already misquoted and twisted, often to serve political or ideological purposes. The series aims to reveal the truth, but the first seeds of the Myths are already planted!
In Age of Myth, the world is dominated by the mighty Fhrey elves , viewed by the humans as gods. While Fhreys thrive in the beautiful cities of Erivan, the Rhunes humans are divided into clans, live simple and primitive lives, worship different gods and believe in spirits.
And while the Fhrey despise the Rhunes, the latter fear the Fhrey and both races are utterly ignorant of each other's characteristics, traditions and abilities. Besides the references to Riyria, Age of Myth's true strength resides in its characters for me. Michael introduced us to a unique cast of so many compelling characters : a determined and brave chieftain's widow, a hilarious, out-of-sync, clever Mystic and her wolf, a trained fighter seeking his place in the world, a powerful Fhrey Artist, a rebel and arrogant Fhrey and a myriad of lively and realistic secondary characters.
One of Michael's strengths is definitely his characterization in my opinion, and he delivered, once again. With a special mention to his amazing female characters, who refuse to sit idly and watch men write a mediocre History in this case. The feeling was probably amplified by the fact that having already read the Riyria Revelations, I already roughly knew or guessed where the main plot was going.
And true, the simplicity of the book made it very easy to go through but I was left hoping for more poignant twists and more epic actions and fights. That being said, knowing MJS and having experienced the same feeling with his first book Theft of Swords, I know we'll have plenty development and surprises coming our way in the sequels and I'm confident the books will only grow in quality, scope and "epicness". Lastly, guys, make sure you read the Author's note. You'll find a detailed explanation of MJS about his writing process and his choice to write a series entirely before publishing it.
View all 20 comments. Any new Michael J. Sullivan novel automatically becomes a must-read for me, and Age of Myth was certainly no exception. In fact, this world has a fresh and young vibe to it, exuding a sense new beginnings. Humans, known as Rhunes, live in tribal clans scattered across the wild landscape, primitive compared to the Fhrey, a race of long-lived beings that are more technologically advanced and capable of the Art, or magic. The vast differences between them have led humans to regard Fhrey as gods—powerful creatures that can call down lightning or control the elements, and it is a known fact that they do not age and cannot be killed.
That all changes one day, when a young human named Raithe and his father encounter a Fhrey with his slaves while hunting in a forbidden part of the forest. Age of Myth was a real treat. While not always groundbreaking, they do frequently offer fresh twists on the old-school heroic fantasy tradition. They have this straightforward and down-to-earth feel to them, much like comfort food.
And like comfort food, I also find these kinds of stories incredibly satisfying. Turns out, I should have trusted in Sullivan. As the story unfolded, it became clear that Age of Myth had everything it needed to stand out on its own, and the characters are all delightfully exceptional. Persephone became a quick favorite, as did the young mystic Suri and her wolf companion Minna. As well, the world-building was fantastic. New readers will love taking it all in, and for Riyria fans, I think it will feel doubly rewarding.
This was an extraordinary opportunity to step back into history of one of my favorite series and relive what really happened.
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Millennia before humans started building castles and forging steel, they lived in the wilderness worshiping nature spirits. They feared the Fhrey, who will one day be known and reviled as the elves, but right now they are a powerful race that regarded the Rhune as nothing more than animals. Already, the Fhrey have driven the Dherg the precursor to dwarves underground after literally crushing them in a great war. Two examples that immediately come to mind are Nyphron and Avempartha. Even without the help of the handy glossary at the end of this book though, it was so easy to just slip into this world and become fully immersed in its beauty and magic.
From the very beginning, this book had my full attention. It follows at least three threads, moving along at a quick pace until they converge to result in an unforgettable finale. No one builds a story like Sullivan, who loves to drop plenty of clues along the way, teasing that moment when everything finally falls into place. This has become his signature touch, which can also be seen in Age of Myth. The scene of the final showdown was unquestionably the crowning glory of this marvelously entertaining novel. If you enjoy epic fantasy, and are perhaps hungering for something with timeless appeal, then I highly recommend picking up Age of Myth.
Newcomers to Michael J. View all 14 comments. Mar 10, Bookwraiths rated it liked it Shelves: e-books , fantasy , review-freebie. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Sullivan is an author for whom I have the utmost respect. Not only is he a gentleman in dealing with fans and detractors alike, but his ability to pen entertaining fantasy in the classic mold has been a real breath of fresh air for a genre lacking that traditional flavor. So, needless to say, I was highly anticipating the release of Mr.
Thousands of years before Hadrian and Royce exist, Elan is a far different place. The land itself is the same with many familiar names present, but Rhunes humans , Fhrey Elves , and Dhereg Dwarfs share it. The Fhrey are supreme at this time, having fought a huge war and driven the Dhereg underground, while the Rhunes are far beneath either of the other races, living in primitive clans, having short lives, and lacking the affinity for the Art magic.
These deficiencies in the Rhunes causing them to be little more than subject people of the Fhrey, whom the scattered clans view as not just overlords but as immortal, omnipotent, invulnerable gods. The equilibrium of the world built upon the false belief of Fhrey divinity. One day, the god myth is forever shattered by a young Rhune named Raithe and his father. These two having an unfortunate encounter with a Fhrey on the wrong side of the river which divides Rhune country from Fhrey land. This dispute escalating from a verbal misunderstanding into a physical struggle, one which ends with Raithe killing a god.
At the same time, in another part of the Rhune lands, Persephone is dealing with the death of her son then her husband to a seemingly crazed animal. Soon, she finds herself at odds with the new chieftain and his cohorts as well as dealing with unexpected trouble and surprising mysteries when a young mystic named Suri and her wolf companion Minna show up with puzzling prophecies of coming doom.
The world of Elan never to be the same again. Like all Michael Sullivan novels, Age of Myth is a fast paced, easy to digest affair, filled with action, fun, and some unexpected twists. One of the highlights of this story especially for fans of Riyria will be in visiting the ancient past of Elan. We have all read so many tidbits of legends about this time and place in the prior books that experiencing those legends first hand is a joy. And, overall, Michael Sullivan does an excellent job crafting a past which is comfortably familiar but also different enough from the supposed history of Elan presented as fact in Revelations and Chronicles to be uniquely compelling.
As for the characters themselves, this novel is filled with a large cast of them from Raithe, Malcolm, Persephone, and Suri to several of the Fhrey themselves. Now, none of these guys break any classic fantasy molds, but they are relatable, likable or unlikable and entertaining. Their actions true to their motives and past. Their exchanges or interactions with one another realistically portrayed.
The personal journeys they are on mingling together quite well to form a complex, cogent narrative. In fact, they also remind one clearly of past Sullivan characters in the Riyria novels. A fact which makes it much easier to quickly establish a comfort level with these new guys and gain an empathy for their circumstances. Unfortunately, all these positive traits of Age of Myth had a decidedly negative side for me personally, which I will attempt to succinct express with my sincerest apologizes to other fans of Michael J. Honestly, I hate to say anything negative about the book at all, because I admire the author, so please keep that in mind as you read my criticisms.
I mean, Hadrian, Royce, Arista and the rest were great, but I wanted something uniquely different here, not the same people with different names. And while Mr. Sullivan attempted to give Raith, Malcolm, and Persephone their own unique personality, our new cast tended to sound, behave, and make decisions just like their Riyria predecessors. Honestly, Raithe and Malcolm do a flawless impersonation of Hadrian and Royce in their bickering, while Persephone takes charge as well as Arista ever dreamed of.
That may or may not bother you according to your personal expectations for this novel, but it was a major issue for me personally. Second, the main antagonist here was a huge letdown. When I added that to his rather lackluster scheme to take control of everything, he became very difficult for me to swallow as an intimidating antagonist. The exact opposite is how I felt. Truly, every one of his scenes was just painful to get through. Lastly, the pacing.
The first half of the book was slow. Raithe and Malcolm running away from the Fhrey. Persephone taking trips into the forest. Fhrey characters taking journeys to the Rhune lands. I totally admit the last part of the book accelerated non-stop to a great ending, but even it could not make up for the glacial slow feeling of the rest of the narrative. If you are a fan of Michael J. I personally wish I had enjoyed the novel more than I did, but it won't keep me from picking up book two, because I have enough faith in Mr.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. View all 11 comments. This is the start, just the turning of leaves. Winter is still on its way. Sullivan is one of the authors on my auto-buy list. Ever since I've finished his Riyria series both Revelations and Chronicles , I've been recommending them to my family and friends either as a gateway to fantasy or as a breath of fresh air amidst all the grimdark fantasy.
And in just a short space of a year, I've reread all of Riyria and was hungry for more of his stories. Age of Myth was more than up to t This is the start, just the turning of leaves. Age of Myth was more than up to the task of satisfying my longing. Set in the same world 3, years ago, the Legends of the First Empire series is the actual account of the historical events that will eventually lead to the story of our two favourite thieves. To take a quote from Michael J Sullivan's recent blog post: "Age of Myth is a small story that will launch an epic tale that will lay the foundations for a world where in three thousand years two thieves will uncover much of what was lost, but so many more revelations remain to be discovered.
And it all started when two Rhunes dared to venture across the Bern River into the forbidden lands of the Fhrey, leading into events which will change the world forever. The first one-third of the book had slower pacing as the author took some time to introduce the reader to a more primitive rendition of Elan. However, his improved writing skills made the journey really enjoyable and strangely comforting. There's a fluidity in how the story was built up with the introduction of key characters with the last third of the book picking up in pace before the book concluded with a gripping climactic scene.
The story was written in a limited third-person perspective of a few main characters. As with the Riyria series, the characters in this book are those you want to know better and with whom you would happily spend lots of your time. The author has this gift of creating compelling and relatable personalities; whether they are likeable or not is a different question. Being able to create realistic and truly odious villains is also an art. I will like to again commend MJS for his ability to write some of the most amazing female characters ever to grace the pages of any fantasy book.
Persephone is the epitome of a woman who is smart, courageous, and yet extremely graceful in her portrayal of such attributes bear in mind, as the human race was still pretty primitive at that time official female leadership was non-existent. And then there is Arion of the Fhrey, a female Miraliyth who also demonstrated wisdom and quiet inner strength. Last but not least, we have the wild, mystical child, Suri and her wolf, wonderfully wise yet naive at the same time. Tip: The Death of Dulgath contained an 'Easter egg' linked to the characters that we finally meet in this book.
All that said, the best part about reading Age of Myth as a prequel was in identifying the characters that history has since bestowed a legendary status, and learning about their true stories. I loved this book and look forward eagerly to its sequel, Age of Swords. View all 23 comments. Apr 13, Helen 2. Let me concur with all my friends' five star reviews and tell you that this world, these characters, this story, is friggin awesome.
As a prequel that requires no prior knowledge of the setting, the Legends of the First Empire series plays in the same world as the Riyria Chronicles , only many centuries before when ordinary humans "Rhunes" lived in fear of their long-lived cousins, the Fhrey. In this age, the Rhunes have always seen the Fhrey as divine immortal overlords - until the day ordinary Let me concur with all my friends' five star reviews and tell you that this world, these characters, this story, is friggin awesome.
In this age, the Rhunes have always seen the Fhrey as divine immortal overlords - until the day ordinary Raithe kills a Fhrey and starts a war. Age of Myth follows the paths of several characters, human and Fhrey, as they witness and choose their sides in the brewing conflict. This is a highly entertaining introduction to an epic fantasy series. MJS does an amazing job at keeping the book readable even for those who generally stay away from high fantasy by throwing in humor, light romance, mystery and deep emotion.
There's something for everyone. He also avoided complicated explanations and info-dumps so as not to drag down the fast-paced plot. But where I believe MJS shines best is when writing strong, three dimensional characters - especially women. The way an author approaches modern issues in a fantasy world is always a good indicator of writing skill ; Sullivan really hit the ball out of the court with his take on feminist icons in the man's world he has created.
Arion, Persephone, Suri - all of them make their own way, working harder than anyone else because of all the prejudices standing against them. The woman who takes the cake here is Mora ; she's beautiful, brave, and fights against those in power trying to force her into an unwanted marriage. View all 3 comments.
Aug - Reread is done and it was great. Looking forward to Age of Swords. Book review. Author review. Regardless, it happens. And it sucks. Luckily, once in a while an author comes along with juuuuuust the right remedy for your ailment. That does not always happen though. Chance plays a part, and more often than not, such a miserable fe Aug - Reread is done and it was great. Chance plays a part, and more often than not, such a miserable feeling can drag on book, by book, by book.
But do not despair. Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is not a hallucination or a train, but an author whose writing is effortlessly evergreen. Where can I find such an author you say? I present to you: Michael J. If you have any doubts though, pick up Theft of Swords the next time you feel that horrific little book funk curse sneaking up on you and see for yourself.
This one works too, but Riyria is just such a fantastic introduction to his work. PS: Book review: As for his latest, MJS has once again written a book that is classical, fun fantasy and does not disappoint. Read it. Thoughtful and powerful The Achievement Habit shows you how.
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