Age of Legend

Age of Legend

Each culture has its own myths and legends, but only one is shared, and it is feared by all. With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted readers with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save mankind. After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and has pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their...

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Age of Legend Reviews

  • Audrey

    4.5 stars

    Beta read: Jan to Feb 2019

    Gamma read: April 2019

    Me picking up a Michael Sullivan book:

    This six-book series is sub-divided into two three-book arcs. This is the beginning of the second arc, which means the story heads into a very unexpected direction and has a bit of a cliffhanger. However, the next two books should be out rather quickly.

    This volume focuses the most on

    4.5 stars

    Beta read: Jan to Feb 2019

    Gamma read: April 2019

    Me picking up a Michael Sullivan book:

    This six-book series is sub-divided into two three-book arcs. This is the beginning of the second arc, which means the story heads into a very unexpected direction and has a bit of a cliffhanger. However, the next two books should be out rather quickly.

    This volume focuses the most on Brin and Tressa. The characters really make the story, but there are still plenty of twists and surprises. The ending was a real sock to the gut! It really is a story of Legend.

  • TS Chan

    A brilliant sequel which fulfilled my eager anticipation and high expectations, Age of Legend takes the First Empire series to the next level of greatness with the promise of a showstopper by its finale.

    Age of Legend is structurally different from the continuous narrative in the preceding three volumes. This book has three sections; the first part is the shortest which deals with the immediate aftermath of the battle at Alon Rhist. The second section takes place one

    A brilliant sequel which fulfilled my eager anticipation and high expectations, Age of Legend takes the First Empire series to the next level of greatness with the promise of a showstopper by its finale.

    Age of Legend is structurally different from the continuous narrative in the preceding three volumes. This book has three sections; the first part is the shortest which deals with the immediate aftermath of the battle at Alon Rhist. The second section takes place one year after that, and there will be another five years' time leap for the third and largest part of the book. Without needing to go into too much detail and dragging the narrative, the three-part story enabled the reader to appreciate how protracted the war was between the Rhunes and the Fhreys, before going into the more portentous events.

    Each chapter is once again preceded by an excerpt from the in-world The Book of Brin, and the first being that of innocence lost after the first war between men and elves. These excerpts in the previous books tended to almost give too much away about the probable events in the ensuing chapter. In Age of Legend, however, they were more obscured and provided more of an impression or a feeling of what is to come, and I thought this was masterfully done. Sullivan's writing has also improved so much since Riyria, but that ease of immersion that feels like a welcoming embrace is still ever present. Reading a new book from him is akin to slipping into your favourite cosy sweater. But lo and behold, what is this hidden pocket that you just discovered? You may feel like you know Elan well, but you'll still be surprised by well-crafted revelations about its lore and history that surface at all the right moments.

    Sullivan became one of my favourite authors with the Riyria series through his innate skill of creating and writing characters that feel like good, old friends that you would want to revisit time and again. In the First Empire series, such intimate characterisation continues to be the hallmark of Sullivan's writing. There are no shortages of empathetic, three-dimensional characters, be it ones that you loved or despised. One individual which I found so unlikeable in the earlier books became such a sympathetic character that you couldn't help rooting for her. Then there was one whom I thought would be a beacon of honour, due to his legendary name, who turned out to be a viper fuelled by vindictive vengeance. As much as I can understand his motivations, it unnerved and shocked me. And I loved how Sullivan created real heroes from those whom you least expected. Not heroes of might and magic, but of steadfast courage born of compassion and loyalty. Squishy heart moments are aplenty in these books.

    As mentioned by the author, this next phase of the series is made up of a single overarching plot over the final three books. As such, the plot did not progress as much as what we had in Age of War, which served as the first climax of the series. However, there was not once throughout the book which I felt bored in the slightest. The character development is so compelling and riveting that every moment and every page felt important. What I enjoyed most about the First Empire series was getting the unvarnished account of the events and true heroes that shaped the legends that were told three thousand years later.

    Given that Age of Legend is past the midway point of the series, I prefer not to make any mention about the plot at this stage except that it is working its way to a showstopping finale in a most engaging manner. Please note that this book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and I am thankful to know that the next two books are most likely to be released on an accelerated schedule.

  • Tim

    OK I am definitely weak, yes I was a Kickstarter backer and I thought I could wait for the actual physical release of

    . But I guess not as I just went through the book this weekend. I mean what else was I going to do after a blizzard rolled through and dumped nearly 2 feet of snow and stranding us in...

    ********* WARNING THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS OF THE PRIOR BOOKS AHEAD ***********

    [and I will try to keep other spoilers to a minimum since well this is still nearly 3 months prior to

    OK I am definitely weak, yes I was a Kickstarter backer and I thought I could wait for the actual physical release of

    . But I guess not as I just went through the book this weekend. I mean what else was I going to do after a blizzard rolled through and dumped nearly 2 feet of snow and stranding us in...

    ********* WARNING THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS OF THE PRIOR BOOKS AHEAD ***********

    [and I will try to keep other spoilers to a minimum since well this is still nearly 3 months prior to official publication, and those who have read the original Riyria books some of these "spoilers" won't come as a surprise]

    Now this book definitely has a different feel than the other books in the Legends of the First Empire series. Where as the first 3 books happened in relatively short time, this comes away with multiple time jumps but Michael does explain that in the Author's Note in the beginning of the book and some of the reasons behind it.

    But as with the prior books the War between the Rhunes and the Fhrey is in full swing. The Battle of Granford is over and Fane Lothian has suffered a crushing defeat after the Raithe sacrificed himself to Suri in order to summon him back as a Gilarabrywn to bring destruction on the elven forces and force their retreat.

    Now it is time for Nyphron to lead the forces of the west in an offensive against the retreating elves. But as with all wars nothing ever goes according to plans. Engagements that often plan on taking days or weeks then turn into months and years.

    Relationships further bloom and those who you least expect to make a difference or even notice become those that will eventually hold the fate of all in their hands.

    And as with all wars scarifies are always to be found but they may not come in the form one suspects or sees coming. And when gods meddle in the affairs of the worlds all bets are off.

    Now I have to wait for Age of Death later this year, because the cliffhanger at the end makes me want to just scream why...

  • Maja Ingrid

    4,5 stars

    I. NEED. AGE. OF. DEATH. NOW!

    - - -

    No spoilers, just short rant, because that's what I do best.

    Okay, so it's been some hours since i finished the book and I've been trying to, and failing, to gather my thoughts. It was a solid 4 through most of it, but the ending had me in pieces so bumped it up 0,5 stars and rounded up to a 5. It will likely remain at 5 because I'm still all over the place about it. It's not my favourite of the books, on the third place actually but it still deserves

    4,5 stars

    I. NEED. AGE. OF. DEATH. NOW!

    - - -

    No spoilers, just short rant, because that's what I do best.

    Okay, so it's been some hours since i finished the book and I've been trying to, and failing, to gather my thoughts. It was a solid 4 through most of it, but the ending had me in pieces so bumped it up 0,5 stars and rounded up to a 5. It will likely remain at 5 because I'm still all over the place about it. It's not my favourite of the books, on the third place actually but it still deserves to remain with the other 5 star-rated ones (Myth and War).

    The book starts where Age of War ended and you all know had that ended and it tore up old wounds and I was hurting A LOT. there's also bit of time jumps. Though it was handled in a good way I still wasn't too fond of it, mostly because I don't like time jumps.

    Plot is solid and I love the characters and the world Michael has created here. Suri will forever remain my fave, I adore her so, so much (also Suri and Auri from KKC would be the best friends and nothing can convince me otherwise). I also adore Brin, Roan and Gifford a lot. Then, HUGE cliffhanger. I don't deal with cliffhangers well and this one still has me seething every time I think about the stuff we got left on. Did I know it would end with a cliffhanger? YES! Michael even put a warning in the Author's Note. I WAS STILL NOT PREPARED. But you have been warned. Big cliffhanger that will ruin you.

    I took part in the Kickstarter. Official release date is July 7th.

    There will be Kickstarters for Age of Death and Empyre too! If you want to take part in those Michael is good at keeping updates on his website/newsletter as well as here on GR :)

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    RELEASE DAY!!!

    Michael J. Sullivan (MJS) is one of my favorite epic fantasy writers. He is dependable, great at tying threads together and always gives his reader something a little unexpected.

    is the fourth book in the the

    . This is

    RELEASE DAY!!!

    Michael J. Sullivan (MJS) is one of my favorite epic fantasy writers.  He is dependable, great at tying threads together and always gives his reader something a little unexpected. 

    is the fourth book in the the

    . This is technically a prequel set thousands of years before the

    and shows just how much history gets wrong after a few millennia goes buy if you have read both series.  This is the true accounting of the war between the Rhunes (man) and the Fhrey (Elves) that changed everything about the world.

    All of MJS’s other books have a clear beginning and ending to that story but the final three books of this series will not follow that format.  There will be good stopping points but it is better to think of books 4-6 as one really large book instead of three separate ones.

    My heart was left a little broken at the end of

    , and with the title I guess that is fitting, war should break your heart.

    first gives us a glimpse of the repercussions right after Age of War, then jumps forward about a year to give a bit more insight and then another five years. I’m really happy of this since Man is at was with the Fhrey the entire time and I think that tracking all of that time could have gotten tedious. This way the story flows fantastically and you still feel connected to all of the characters and their relationships to each other.

    This is another great tale of courage in the face of uncertainty, devotion to the people you love and fighting for what you believe in. I really liked how the connections between people aren’t always easy to see. How one person tied to another, and that person tied to someone else can snowball into the most unlikely group of people working together. Every book delves a little more into the mysteries of Elan. I totally adore how this one opens up the lore of the gods to us a little more and for those of you dying to figure out who/what Malcolm is, well you are in luck because her story is expanded quite a bit.

    Persephone, the Rhune leader was always destined to marry Nyphron, leader of the Fhrey warriors. Her story breaks my heart as Nyphron is not a Fhrey in love with woman like all of the legends from the Riyria books have claimed. It is completely political and so sad in a way. Persephone played more of a role in prior books but for this one she will take a bit of a back seat.

    There are so many other characters that are just fantastic in this series. Suri is always a favorite of mine, she has been through so much already and I feel so sad for the caterpillar turned butterfly.

    I looks like her journey is not done yet and that she will have an even bigger role to play in the upcoming story. I’m really just hoping my summer heart can take it.

    Gifford and Roan are absolutely hands down my favorite couple. I absolutely love that MJS has taken two people so broken in different ways and put them together. They are adorable and I think it is wonderful to see that not every marriage moves at the same pace or looks the same. But the reader knows every moment what these two feel for each other.

    Tesh, his story is another that has brilliant moments of love with devastating moments of hate. Bent of revenge and doing very well at it I might add, Tesh will have some big choices to make. Become the monster he hates or give up his revenge for the girl he loves. It is hard to know where that will fall, he definitely loves Brin but I’m not sure that he loves her more than he hates Fhrey.

    There are so many wonderful characters and plot lines happening that I’m not sure how to tell you how great this series is. MJS writes strong women, some are brilliant, some are wise, others are strong and one is magical but all are three dimensional, brave and fierce in their own ways and I love that about his books. You don’t need to have read the Riyria series at all to read Legends of the First Empire, both are fantastic all on their own, but I love knowing how the tale shifted over the centuries and seeing what it truly looked like. The contrast is amazing.

  • Claudia

    My first time to the author’s Kickstarter project and I must say I’ll be a regular one from now on because I got to read this book three months before its official publication. Yey!

    Sullivan’s books are like a cozy nook for me: comfortable, relaxing and mood improving, with extra bonuses such as joy, laugh and a great feeling overall.

    This fourth installment makes no exception; I missed this universe and I’m thrilled two more books are following.

    Unlike the previous volumes, this one ends with a

    My first time to the author’s Kickstarter project and I must say I’ll be a regular one from now on because I got to read this book three months before its official publication. Yey!

    Sullivan’s books are like a cozy nook for me: comfortable, relaxing and mood improving, with extra bonuses such as joy, laugh and a great feeling overall.

    This fourth installment makes no exception; I missed this universe and I’m thrilled two more books are following.

    Unlike the previous volumes, this one ends with a cliffhanger and there are more questions raised than answers, but that makes the fifth installment even more anticipated.

    Can’t detail more without giving spoilers for the others, so I’ll just say we get a fellowship-of-the-ring sort of quest, Malcolm’s identity is almost (!) revealed, a god from Riyria makes an appearance, Tressa becomes an important piece of the puzzle and Suri gets challenged as never before. Oh, and I am certain Fane Lothian name comes from ‘loathe’; his brat's too!

    Intrigued? Don’t miss this one.

    And if you need recaps for the first three books, here they are:

  • Terence

    The war rages on until it reaches a stalemate. Persephone tries to forge a peace only to see her ambassador betrayed and taken captive. An unlikely group seeks a legend in order to save their friend.

    Age of Legend is an enjoyable book, but I just don't see how they could end it where they did. Worst of all it caught me completely off guard because I was only 86% of the way through the book according to my Kindle. I can't believe I have to wait another year at minimum to learn what happens next.

    The war rages on until it reaches a stalemate. Persephone tries to forge a peace only to see her ambassador betrayed and taken captive. An unlikely group seeks a legend in order to save their friend.

    Age of Legend is an enjoyable book, but I just don't see how they could end it where they did. Worst of all it caught me completely off guard because I was only 86% of the way through the book according to my Kindle. I can't believe I have to wait another year at minimum to learn what happens next. That just kills me.

    Age of Legend has all the usual style and substance of Michael J. Sullivan. Excellent world building and thrilling plot points. I also love so many of the characters. They just complement one another so well. Persephone takes a major back seat as this book is largely carried by Brin and Tesh among others. The devotion between characters is truly touching as well.

    Age of Legend is a great book even if I'm disappointed with the cliffhanger ending.

  • Scott  Hitchcock

    Book 1: 5*

    Book 2: 3.5*

    Book 3: 4.5*

    Book 4: 3*

    I'm being kind with my 3*'s. I thought about giving it 2.5. The good news is this sets us up for an epic book 5. The bad news is much like book 2 nothing really happens. This series could have been better had it been a trilogy where book 2 was condensed into a long prologue for book 3 and ditto with this book for book 5.

    MJS does his usual good job with the characters but we've known them for a long time now so it becomes a bit tedious. He also

    Book 1: 5*

    Book 2: 3.5*

    Book 3: 4.5*

    Book 4: 3*

    I'm being kind with my 3*'s. I thought about giving it 2.5. The good news is this sets us up for an epic book 5. The bad news is much like book 2 nothing really happens. This series could have been better had it been a trilogy where book 2 was condensed into a long prologue for book 3 and ditto with this book for book 5.

    MJS does his usual good job with the characters but we've known them for a long time now so it becomes a bit tedious. He also metaphors us to death in this one and I felt like a lot of them were forced.

    Looking forward to book 5 and the conclusion where I'm hoping there is epic adventure like the last book of Revelations.

  • Bradley

    The good:

    If you have been enjoying the Legends of the First Empire so far, you're probably going to enjoy this and the newish direction it takes. In a very positive way, it is more of the same with many of the same characters, dealing with the aftermath of the big blow-out of the previous book and learning how to move forward. Brin gets a lot of page-time and I, for the most part, enjoyed these parts more than the rest. Writing about writing is fun.

    The bad, or rather, the indifferent:

    I just

    The good:

    If you have been enjoying the Legends of the First Empire so far, you're probably going to enjoy this and the newish direction it takes. In a very positive way, it is more of the same with many of the same characters, dealing with the aftermath of the big blow-out of the previous book and learning how to move forward. Brin gets a lot of page-time and I, for the most part, enjoyed these parts more than the rest. Writing about writing is fun.

    The bad, or rather, the indifferent:

    I just couldn't get into this book much. I found my mind wandering a lot, never connecting or caring much about most of the happenings or the characters. It might just be me or perhaps I'm getting slightly burned out on the series.

    It's a shame! I did enjoy quite a few parts of the previous tales, and this one has some pretty interesting, if very late, reveals that rallied my attention. I'm just not sure if I feel like it's worth it, tho. ; ;

    Who knows? Maybe the rather mythological new direction will appeal to a lot of ya'll.

  • Michael

    As people may know, I don't write reviews of my own books, but I do use this space to update people on happenings about the books I write...so here I am!

    I'm honored, and more than a bit surprised that Age of Legend made the semi-finals round for the Goodreads Chocie Award for Best Fantasy book. My thanks to eveyone who did a "write-in" vote during the first round to get it included.

    Did the ending of Age of Legend leave you wanting to read

    as soon as possible?

    As people may know, I don't write reviews of my own books, but I do use this space to update people on happenings about the books I write...so here I am!

    I'm honored, and more than a bit surprised that Age of Legend made the semi-finals round for the Goodreads Chocie Award for Best Fantasy book. My thanks to eveyone who did a "write-in" vote during the first round to get it included.

    Did the ending of Age of Legend leave you wanting to read

    as soon as possible? Well, then you are in luck. The Kickstarter is live, fully funded, and backers wil get the next installment in October rather than February. It's only been live for 8 days and already it is the 2nd most-backed fiction Kickstarter of all time.

    Wow, Age of Legend hit two of the national bestsellers list: New York Times and USA Today. Thanks all for snatching up the books so quickly.

    It's been a few weeks since the release of this book and it's still selling great. In fact, it made the Top 10 bestselling audiobooks for its debut week, and even now, it's the #1 Bestselling New Epic Fantasy releases! Thanks all for the great support.

    The hardcover books have arrived! I went to our warehouse and signed a bunch of copies, and Robin

    So, if you want signed copies of the latest book - and get them signed as well. Come and get them!

    I can't believe how long it's been since my last update, and I apologize for the lack of communication. Part of the problem is my 97-year-old mom was in decline and passed away in early April. As part of that, my brother has come to live with Robin and I in Virginia and we are going through a lot of issues trying to get through all that comes with both of those events. Still, time marches on and a lot has been happening. Here are some highlights.

    1. The Kickstarter was a huge success (2,553 backers pledged $110,865). This makes it one of only 5 fiction projects to ever pass six-figures, and it's the 2nd most backed fiction project of all time.

    2. Backers of the Kickstarter read the book starting April 9th.

    3. The books have been printed and are in the bindery right now. We expect them to be shipped around 6/4 and we should have copies in our hands around that time.

    4. For those who want to get the book a bit before the release date (and have their copies signed), we'll add the book to our bookstore as soon as we have books available.

    5. Age of Legend was selected by Goodreads as one of their

    - given the great titles coming out now, and the vast number of books, this is a HUGE honor, and it has a lot to do with people "shelving" the book - so thank you for everyone who has done so and expressed an interest.

    6. If you need recaps of the firsts three books,

    7. We will be running a Goodreads Giveaway for Age of Legend starting June 1, so keep your eyes open for that.

    Well, that's a big update, and I think I hit the major points. It's getting exciting, and I can't wait for the book to be "out there" for everyone to read.

    Well, just

    and it's gone amazingly well. We broke the $100,000 mark (only 4 other fiction Kickstarters have done that) and we became the 2nd-most backed fiction Kickstarter of all time). We've hit 7 stretch goals, so there are a lot more bonus perks for backers. You can check them all out on the Kickstarter page. And, heck, if you want the book 3 months early, consider backing it!

    A lot has been going on! (1) We finished the beta test - which went really well, and the changes have been incorporated. (2) We have copy edits back from Laura and Linda is working on her changes, these should be back in sometime around mid to late March. (3) We started a Kickstarter...and it funded in 3 hours and 8 minutes!

    People who pre-order the book through the Kickstarter will get the ebook on April 9th -- that's 3 months before the July 9th release date. Plus, you'll see you name in print as it'll be included in the acknowledgments, and there are other Kickstarter perks like a Minna and Suri short story, screensavers, custom bookmarks, and much more. So, drop on over and take a look. We are currently the 17th most funded Kickstarter of all time, and if we raise another $1,197 we'll move up to the 15th spot!

    I've received the final cover design from Marc Simonetti - and wow, is it amazing. I'm not sharing it just yet...I want to roll it out once the pre-order pages are up. And we are working on that now. But you'll be seeing it soon!

    And done! I've now turned over the new and revised version of Age of Legend to Robin. Hopefully, she'll like this better than the last round. More than any other book, this had some major restructuring and I now feel its on the right track. It'll probably be a bit before the beta for the book hits. Maybe a month while Robin reviews? Just thinking out loud here.

    Boy, how times flies! I JUST finished up my review of the copyedits for Age of War, and I'm thrilled with how that book turned out. With that out of the way it's time to turn my attention to final edits on this (and the remaining three books in the series). The plan is to get them into beta shortly after Age of War hits the street, so if you are interested in being a beta tester,

    Robin has even more edits for me, and before she turns them over, she wants to go through the other three books one last time. But I should be able to start the editing soon, and I'll post an update when I do.

    I just finished up edits on this, the fourth book of the new series. It's come in at 113,000 words and required a lot of editing based on alpha reader feedback from Robin. Of all the books, this one needed the most work and I'm really pleased with how it's come out. Part of the restructuring has meant that a lot of what was in this book now fits better in book #5 and I'm starting my edits on it now. That particular book has grown dramatically. Usually, my books tend to be 100,000 - 135,000 words in length but book #5 is currently at a 176,000! In general, I don't concern myself with the length of books. I just write what is needed to tell the story I want to tell and let the chips fall where they may. We'll see what the last book ends up like and whether any of the content added to book #5 ends up coming back to this book. But for now, the book is done and waiting for another read from Robin before going to beta testing.

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