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Michael J. Sullivan's trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series- full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fantasy masters Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Now, Sullivan's stunning hardcover debut, Age of Myth,inaugurates an original five-book series-and one of fantasy's finest next-generation storytellers continues to break new ground. Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart- invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and the those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation- Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun.… (mais)
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A few years ago I read the Riyria Revelations series by the same author and loved it; this book, set in the same world but during a different era, much less so. For whatever reason, I didn't connect with the characters and I spent much of the book longing for the complex story and fascinating characters I remember from the other books. Likely, the weight of my expectations made it impossible for this volume to measure up, and to be fair, I appreciated the attempt to flesh out this world and the intriguing, if sometimes creepy, storytelling. Overall, I can't say I loved this book, but it's likely to appeal many of this author's fans. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Mar 13, 2021 |
Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan was an excellent start to a series (in my opinion), it had world building, character building, and a driving plot (with a few side plots afoot) with action to keep everything going.

What I Liked:

I loved Raithe as the “reluctant hero” poor dude just wants to settle down and have a life and then Malcolm barges in and ruins everything

Speaking of Malcolm - i LOVED the relationship between him and Raithe and the humor that he provides to the story

Suri and Minna were great - though i will admit - in my head i kept picturing her as Princess Mononoke
All the story lines in the book were well developed and easy to keep track of

What I didn’t Like:

It DID drag here and there but for the most part the pace was consistent

Other than that I would def recommend this book to Fantasy Readers and people who are interested in seeing how a simple act escalates into mythology.

Happy Reading!

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  artdamnit_reads | Jul 29, 2020 |
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!

This happens to be my entry tome into Michael J. Sullivan's fantasy, so all I'm bringing into it is what I know of the epic fantasy genre.

That being said, a few themes really stood out, with Art-wielding immortals, the Fhrey, looking down upon the ignorant savages, the Rhunes, who are nothing of the sort, being tribes of normal humans taught to revere and fear the gods which inhabit the lands, with one new twist: A man named Raithe killed a god.

It shouldn't have happened, and it sparked many questions and conflicts between the two peoples, kinda like the trigger of an avalanche, creating an eventually delightful mix of cultural and magical explorations, with both sides learning to be both more and less prejudiced with the other side. Of course, this is a story of rebellion, of David versus Goliath, and as the natural allies gather to their respective sides, we get a taste of what the series will eventually deliver: All-Out War.

We do get a treat of characters, of course. We can't have a building tale without memorable sub-plots, either, and it's a toss-up for me whether I love Suri and her wolf Minna more than Raithe, the God-Killer. All the sub-stories were rather fine, and the action and adventure speaks volumes as to what could actually come to us in the later books, but there is a formula here that I can't ignore. This is going to be a long series, so the book reads like the clearing of a beachhead, an island of establishment, a bright and violent spark before a grand conflagration. We don't have the grand conflagration, yet. Maybe it will come, maybe it won't. This is where we as readers need to either trust the author or not, to learn to prolong our expectations over grand sweeps of volumes, or not.

And maybe that's just me and my thing with grand epic fantasies. Maybe this is a non-issue with fans of the sub-genre of fantasy. :) As it is, here, we have a generally satisfying opening to a war between gods and mortals, but it's still going to require a good deal of personal investment.

Fortunately, there is a glossary. :)

Looking forward to a many-book epic sweep. :)
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Another fantastic book by Michael Sullivan. He is in my opinion the best fantasy writer in the business right now. This book will not disappoint. Can't wait for the follow up!. ( )
  maybe_a_wizard | May 22, 2020 |
Really enjoyed this start to a new series. As usual it had characters I could connect and empathise with and an enjoyable plot.

I was worried I would not be able to get into it as I was coming fresh from a re-read of one of my all-time favourites, Dagger Spell by Katharine Kerr, but I need not have worried as it kept my interest from the first page to the last. ( )
  Stephen_Sullivan | Mar 23, 2020 |
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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 our conflict with the Fhrey started at the Battle of Grandford, but it actually began on a day in early spring when two men crossed the river.
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Michael J. Sullivan's trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series- full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fantasy masters Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Now, Sullivan's stunning hardcover debut, Age of Myth,inaugurates an original five-book series-and one of fantasy's finest next-generation storytellers continues to break new ground. Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart- invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and the those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation- Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun.

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