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Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire #2)

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The gods have been proven mortal and new heroes will arise as the battle continues in the sequel to Age of Myth.

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
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published July 25th 2017
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Michael If you consider a one year wait to be a bad joke then there are some high profile authors you really should avoid
Michael Yeah, sorry for the confusion. Originally the publisher set the release date at June 20th - and that was what was indicated in all kinds of places:…moreYeah, sorry for the confusion. Originally the publisher set the release date at June 20th - and that was what was indicated in all kinds of places: Goodreads, my website, amazon, etc. After the final manuscript was were turned in my publisher said the production team was a bit behind and they needed to push the release date to July 25th so we went through and changed the dates everywhere. There were one or two pages on my site that still had the wrong date and I got them fixed on June 22nd. So yeah, we have to wait an extra month for the book, but it also meant that the production team wasn't rushed and therefore the quality will be high. Not too much longer to wait.(less)

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Feb 13, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Those who are familiar with me know I don't review my own books, but I do use this space as of a kind of a placeholder to let people keep up to date on it's status.

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
FREAKING YES! NETGALLEY, YOU CAME THROUGH FOR ME AGAIN! Although, I already know I'm going to buy the hardback when the price lowers a little like I did the first book =)


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
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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5+stars. LOVED it! I thought this was even better than Age of Myth, but as I've already given that 5 stars, there's nowhere higher to go with the rating.. Michael J Sullivan is the man with a Plan- each book has its own arc within the series arc and it shows. MIchael has said that he writes a whole series before he publishes the first one so that the whole story works well and has no inconsistencies- and it works!
This story is rousing and will make you feel good.

'they were just an insignificant
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, arc
Welcome to the fastest evolution ever. From the discovery of pockets and wheels to writing (that’s not even half of it but I lost track eventually), these few weeks changed the course of history.

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

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy

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
Robin (Bridge Four)
★✩A solid 4 ‘call me Fhreyhyndia’ stars✩★

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.
Every life is a journe
Helen 2.0
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all know that one person who is kind, good-looking, talented, socially skilled, just has everything. And we want to love that person and be happy for him/her, because he/she is perfect and flawless. We try - but a twinge of envy gets in the way and we end up half-admiring, half-sulking in his/her company.

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
TS Chan
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars.

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
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, advanture
*** 4.65 ***

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
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, fantasy
This one definitely picks up better than the first of the Legends, in my opinion. There was something about the characters that drew me in more than before. In fact, it's basically the characters that drive everything here. :)

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
Esmerelda Weatherwax
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Riyria Chronicles/Revelations, if youve read and enjoyed Age of Myth you absolutely have to get Age of Swords. This book wont be available until July 25th, but the lovely and generous u/michaeljsullivan sent me the ebook in advance! This book starts off with a bang, right away in the first few pages shit is going down. This is not a "slow start" or "slow burn" kind of book, so if youre looking for a book to catch you from the first chapter this is it.
The author is getting better and
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actual rating : 3.5 stars

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
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25ish stars.

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
Michael Britt
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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EDIT: Find this review and more like it here.

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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Age of Swords continues the journey MJS started us on with Age of Myth. As the second book in the series I was not sure what to expect and the few glances I spared at some early reviews did nothing to lessen my fears with calls of slow pacing and a lot of setting up of the story for future books.

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.

Benjamin Thomas
Wow! And I thought Book One was good. I just turned the last page on this second book of the “Legends of the First Empire” series and feel blown away! It’s the best feeling I’ve had when finishing an epic fantasy novel in quite some time. Of course, this series is a prequel series to the much-loved Riyria books (Revelations and Chronicles), set 3000 years before those. To quote the author’s blog about book one, ”Age of Myth is a small story that will launch an epic tale that will lay the foundat ...more
Scott  Hitchcock

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
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?

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
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

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
Jenna Kathleen
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Michael J. Sullivan's stories get better and better with each book he writes. 5 fantastic stars for Age of Swords. One of the things I love about MJS and his books is that he releases them in a very timely manner. While I don't hold a grudge against authors who release books every 5 years or more (I have plenty to read anyway), I love when an author sticks to their release schedule as closely as possible and lets their fans know what is going on with their editing/publishing timeline. Because of ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My review and rating are based on the beta version of this book; the final published edition will likely be changed a bit.

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
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
After the destruction of Dahl Rhen by the Fhrey, Persephone sets out to call a council of all Rhune Chieftains in order to appoint a keenig to lead them in the inevitable war with the Fhrey. When the council attempts to make Raithe the keenig he refuses. He believes the fight is unwinnable because of the Rhunes pitiful weapons. Persephone makes a pact with three Dwarves that's she's met to help them rid their home of a giant in exchange for Dherg swords and shields. Persephone and her party of w ...more
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Read this review and listen to the podcast discussion at Book Geeks Uncompromised.

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
Skylar Phelps
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

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
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Michael J. Sullivan, Del Rey Publishing, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Age of swords" has everything I like fantasy genre for. Best fantasy book I've read in 2017.
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

"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,
Mark Halse
Meh. I've got some mixed feelings about this book and series. Sullivan is a great writer but this series just isn't hitting the spot for me.

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
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