Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2)
In Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched readers on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without—and bitter ri ...more
11/07/2017 Update: Age of Swords has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy of 2017! My thanks go out to all the people who did a write-in vote for it in the opening round. It now joins five other books in the semi-finals. Vote for your favorite here!
10/12/2017 Update: I've been so busy with Age of War and The ...more
Michael J. Sullivan is an amazing author. I love his books and I still have some of his books to finish. I'm really loving this series, but I did cry because I didn't like one thing that happened. =( Although, who knows what might happen next that will make me happy =)
I love pretty much every one in this book. The gang. There ar ...more
1.) Age of Myth ★★★★★
“Every life is a journey filled with crossroads. And then there are the bridges, those truly frightening choices that span what always was, from what will forever be. Finding the courage, or stupidity, to cross such bridges changes everything.”
It hurts my heart, but I didn't love this one as much as I loved Age of Myth! It was still a really solid addition to an epic fantasy series that I know i ...more
This story is rousing and will make you feel good.
'they were just an insignificant ...more
Sometimes you see a painting that is too polished, too perfect, to the point that it loses its essence. Have you ever read a book that felt this way? I know I’ve never had read such book before Age of Swords. It was too refined and I think that’s because Sullivan had already written the whole series. I
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Storm clouds have been gathering since the events of Age of Myth, the first book in Michael J. Sullivan‘s new epic fantasy series, LEGENDS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE. The Fhrey (elves) have been feeling threatened by the Rhunes (humans) ever since the Rhunes shifted from a nomadic lifestyle to a more settled one, with crops and flocks of animals as well as hunting. Their population started exploding, and the Rhunes now outnumber the long-lived Fhrey by ...more
I loved Age of Myth. It was on my top 5 fantasy reads of 2016 (I read over 150 fantasy books so that is an accomplishment.). This is a really good story and I enjoyed most of it, even the parts that broke my heart a little or a lot, but I didn’t love it quite as much as the first book of the series. That isn’t to say it wasn’t still a fantastic follow up to Age of Myth. It would have been really difficult to top that book for me.
ஓ Every life is a journe...more
Age of Swords is that person to me. The characters work so well together, the plot is planned out so perfectly, the story fits together seamlessly. As a result of MJS writing the full series ...more
If this was a one-sentence review, all I would say is that I am so glad that I don't have to wait another full year to immerse myself in this wonderful tale again.
Age of Swords was a great sequel in developing the characters that I've grown to love from Age of Myth. I can see why MJS named this as his favourite book of the series even at this early stage. I believe every author should be fond of the characters that they have created and writing that one book that highlighted their de ...more
A buddy read with my Fantasy Friends @ BB&B! Because we love awesome Fantasy:):):)
The thing about this series is that once you read the first book, you know you have entered a magical world and you don't want to leave it! No, it is not that everyone there lives happily ever after, or that all is rainbows and chocolate ice-cream with strawberries. Quite the opposite. The world is beautiful, but harsh and the lives of the Humans, called Rhunes. is primitive and full of sorrows. It ...more
The basic story of rebellion, arming for war, training for war, and just getting the tools they need to do a good job of it is pretty much omnipresent. As a standard fantasy fare, it's full of the elves, the dwarves, and the regular old ignorant humans, but it's not these e ...more
The author is getting better and ...more
ARC provided by the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Note 1: The quotes in this review are taken from the ARC edition and may change in the published edition.
Note 2: I'm definitely on the unpopular opinion side here. So if you don't agree with me, you can drop a comment and we can discuss it :)
Note 3: I just realized that the title was PERFECT ! It couldn't have been more appropriate :')
“Losing leaves a bitter taste that lingers long after th...more
In a lot of ways this has so many of the same "traditional" elements shared by other traditional fantasy novels, it would be easy for it to seem derivative. However, in a lot of ways, it's written so solidly it still manages to justify its existence. It's kind of cool that it's set in such a primitive age, even with the silly, implausible anachronisms used for the sake of character and plot development. I mean it's cool that Roan conveniently discovers some of civilization's most ...more
Wow! I really, really enjoyed this book. But part of that had to do, I think, with knowing exactly what to expect. So even though this is a 5 star book to me, I will be addressing some things that I felt were valid complaints. Despite these "complaints", I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Well, there's not really much I can say about the plot without spoilers, so I'll say this: this is basically a book where everything gets invented, in a very short time, and wh ...more
Fortunately, I can happily say this was not the case for me at all. In fact, the book started off with a bang and I could not put it down. At least not until MJS broke my heart. More on that later.
You know going into an MJS book that it's going to be character driven not action but still I thought after reading book one that book two the story would pick up it's pace. His writing style allowed me to enjoy this book but at times I would think why did we just spend two paragraphs talking about a character's love of twine or something else benign. I get the author wanting you to know the characters intimately and that's his strength but there's a point of overload.
For me there were tw ...more
The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.
In Age of Myth the story revolved aroun ...more
Screaming trees, murderous lightning, fearsome giants and giant killers. Metal-clad dwarfs. Terrifying face-eating raows. A vast cavern across the sea plays host to monsters and secrets. The dirty unkempt individual who stares fixedly at The Door - is it true wisdom he imparts or merely inane prattle? Vows versus promises. Who can be trusted and who will betray?
There is no character, good or bad, major or minor, who isn't drawn with care and ...more
But that said, it doesn't really need a lot of changes. I'm looking forward to reading and comparing the final version, but this is pretty awesome right now on its own. Fans of Age of Myth have a treat coming out next summer. This book delivers more of what made the first one great, and moves it up a notch.
Favorite characters are further explored and developed. New characters ...more
Age of Swords continues the story of the human Rhunes as they prepare themselves to confront a foe that they once believed to be gods.
First off, this was certainly a worthy sequel to Age of Myth.
One thing that can definitely be said for this series is that Michael J Sullivan can certainly write well-rounded female characters. In a lot of books it can sometimes seem like the women are just slight variations of the s ...more
I had been really excited to read this book for quite some time! So much so that I preordered a signed and dedicated copy from the author. And... I loved it!
If you haven't read Michael J. Sullivan, please do so immediately. I've said it before but his books are a delight to read.
Age of swords was satisfying to me. The characters are very good and the story itself is marvelous. The world is intricate and the plot is complex enough to hook you but still simple enough that the reading is ...more
Sullivan continues the saga, opening Swords with a BANG. The Rhunes, as always, are survivors, but this time, with the help of the Dherges (or dwarves), their society develops in leaps and bounds. On the other side of things the Fhreye continue to look down their noses at the Rhune civilization and plan to snuff them out. It's all-out war, but not before they h ...more
With six books in total now planned for The Legends of the First Empire series and four more left on the docket, it’s understandable that we have to pace ourselves. That may explain why I found Age of Swords to be on the slower side in comparison to its predecessor Age of Myth, which still holds a slight edge for being the more enjoyable book. That said, this was still a solid sequel, and there were even a few areas whic ...more
"I have always worshiped heroes in stories. I had no idea I was surrounded by them."
This was a solid follow-up from Age of Myth. While all of our favorites from the previous book are still here (and still important), this novel delves more deeply into some of the peripheral characters from book one. And I was really glad to get to see more of them. Roan is probably my favorite of these characters, but Gifford, ...more
The first problem is with the characters. The characters I care most about have small POVs or are just side characters. The spotlight seems to be mostly on women and the disabled doing awesome things which isn't a bad thing. It just didn't interest me much. The only exception for me was Mawyndule's POV which is spectacular.
The second problem is that the stor ...more
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