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Age of Myth

(The Legends of the First Empire #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  30,390 ratings  ·  2,964 reviews
Age of Myth inaugurates another six-book series set in Elan.

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 those they thought were gods changes forever.

Now only a few stand between humank
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Del Rey
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Michael Pete Kim said: dearest michael, i FORBID you to talk to patrick rothfuss, lol!

Haha - I don't think they would "take my call" I'm such a peon in respec…more
Pete Kim said: dearest michael, i FORBID you to talk to patrick rothfuss, lol!

Haha - I don't think they would "take my call" I'm such a peon in respects to the likes of them. They're response would be, "Michael who?"

Yesterday I finished The Death of Dulgath (the third book in the Riyria Chronciles so that makes 5 books in 2 1/2 years. Yes, they'll need some editing, and I don't control the release date for most of them, but I'm hoping to go through the alpha and beta process on books #2 - #5 in relatively short order.
Michael Yes he is! He's been signed to all six books, so I'll be following him around to make sure he doesn't step of a curb and get hit by a bus. An unfortun…moreYes he is! He's been signed to all six books, so I'll be following him around to make sure he doesn't step of a curb and get hit by a bus. An unfortunate event of that type is the only thing that would prevent him from voicing them all.

In fact...tomorrow I leave for New York. Gonna have dinner with Tim to thank him for all his amazing work and to discuss some ideas for character voices. Then, I'll sit in on the first two days of recordings. So I'll get to hear Age of Myth before everyone else. It's good to be me!(less)

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Emily May
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, fantasy, 2016
This is why I no longer read much epic fantasy.

The genre is so... familiar. Perhaps its unfair to blame Age of Myth for that. Perhaps the real culprit is the limitations of this genre (or the perceived limitations at least) because all epic fantasy series contain the same or similar elements, they blend into one, they all start to look the same after a while, and they all start to look like A Song of Ice and Fire.

Sullivan is a competent writer with a flowing style that doesn't suffer from the sa
Feb 17, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As I'm sure everyone here knows, this is my own book so I'm not going to be reviewing/rating it. But I do think people might be interested in its progression so here goes.

Update: 03/09/20: The audiobooks version of this book (and AGE OF LEGEND), is part of Audible's 2-for-1 Stellar Storyteller Sale

Sale ends March 16th at midnight (PT),

Update 12/27/19: The audiobook version of this book is part of audibles 2-for-1 Holiday Relief Sale

Sale end January 1 at midnight (PT).

Update 01/27/19: Wow, has
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Update: $1.99 on US Kindle today 9-13-17


I freaking loved this book and I now have new favorite author! 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
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classic Fantasy fans
Updated review to come.

3.5/5 Stars

It’s always a great feeling when you start a new series from an author and to find out that he/she has improved his storytelling skill. Well done Michael J Sullivan, a job well done.

After reading that opening sentence, you’ll probably think "what’s this dude talking about when he rated the book only 3.5/5 stars?”, let me enlighten you a bit on why and to do this, I'll have to compare my experience on Age of Myth with The Crown Conspiracy (the first book in 'Riy
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advanture, fantasy
*** 4.75 ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy lovers at BB&B!

07-23-17... Just a quick re-read before the next book comes out:):):)

First re-read rating *** 5 +++++***

What was I thinking the first time, holding off with 0.25 points???? 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!

Second re-read rating *** 4.55***

Despite the slightly lower rating, I think I got much more detail this go around
Robin (Bridge Four)
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Brandon Sanderson, The Lumatere Chronicles, Seven Realms Series and Arya Stark
Audible 4th of July Deal Sale until 07Jul18 $5.95

4.75 We're all going to Die Stars

Read with some of my fellow MJS lovers at Buddies Books and Baubles

ஓ Why Should You Give A Book By Michael J Sullivan A Try??? ஓ

You might be saying There are a million good and even great fantasy series out there so what makes this one worthwhile Robin?

Well I’ll tell you potential MJS converts a few of the things I love about MJS’s writing in general and this book specifically.

① - Even though this is book one of h
Apr 12, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

A reader pointed out to me that I had multiple reviews/updates threads going - Doh! Most of the updates can be found on this link. But I will try to update this one as well for those that are following it.

Age of Myth audiobook version is part of audibles 2-for-1 Holiday Relief Sale

A great time to pick up book one in a series which will wrap in May with the release of Age of Empyre.

1/27/2019 - The ebook version of Age of Myth is on sale for a very limited amount of time ($1.99 rather than $9.99
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Age of Myth is set 3,000 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
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Age of Myth by Michael J. 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 3,000 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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

With Age of Myth, Michael J. Sullivan begins a prequel series to his RYRIA CHRONICLES and RYRIA REVELATIONS series. The good news for newcomers to his books is that, since this series takes place about 3,000 years earlier, you don’t need to be familiar with either of those series or the world of Elan to enjoy this new LEGENDS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE series, so I was in good shape. I know pretty much zero about the other Ryria books, except that many epic fa
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Age of Myth is the first book of Michael J. Sullivan newest series, the Legends of the First Empire. Set 3000 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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/06/23/...

Any new Michael J. Sullivan novel automatically becomes a must-read for me, and Age of Myth was certainly no exception. It hardly mattered that this story actually takes place thousands of years before the Riyria Revelations and the Riyria Chronicles, well before the beloved characters of Hadrian and Royce even existed; I just couldn’t wait to revisit the world of Elan again.

For readers new to Sullivan’s work, this would
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Feb 2020 - Reread done. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Aug 2017 - Reread is done and it was great. Looking forward to Age of Swords.

Book review. Author review.

You know how you sometimes don’t feel like reading a specific genre? Maybe you are just tired of it and need a break, or maybe it’s just a plain ol’ book funky. 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
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Michael J. 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. Indeed, I will proudly tell anyone who asks that Hadrian Balckwater and Royce Melborn from The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two of my favorite fantasy duos ever
TS Chan
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the start, just the turning of leaves. Winter is still on its way.

Michael J. 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
Helen 2.0
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
J.P. Ashman
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Okay, that would have worked better last month.

Truth is, this book thoroughly clicked with me, or I with it.

Humorous and easy to follow, very easy, but not to say it was 'simple' in any way. There were indeed twists and turns - an impressive one at the end of the book - and it kept me listening (Audible) at every given opportunity. The narration was spot on, too.

Magic and 'gods' and a cool, bronze age setting that offered something different to the medi
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michael J. Sullivan is a gifted story teller! For those of us who have read his Riyria series, we of course already know this. But this author is no one trick wonder. This story was wonderful. The pacing, action, plot reveals, setting and context, the characters- all fabulous. For want of a better word, there is something 'friendly' about the authors style that is satisfying and heartwarming. And best of all, we are left with questions for the next installments to answer. ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
2020 update:
A re-read for me of the opening book in the Legends of the First Empire series. I felt the need to revisit because I waited until the last book in the series was published so I could schedule them in close succession over summer. My feeble memory deals better with big fantasy epics in bulk, although I have to say Mr. Sullivan manages to keep the distracting elements of world-building and the introduction of new characters to an easily manageable level. It has also been fascinating
My review and rating are based on the 2nd beta version of this book; the final published edition will likely be changed a bit.

But not as much as you might think. While it will need some tweaking to give it a more polished story, this book is pretty awesome as it is now. I've been a fan of Michael J. Sullivan for a few years now, and he has never disappointed. Fans of his Riyria works will be on this book like a fat kid on a glazed donut.

What happens in this book? I won't tell. One, I don't revea
Jenna Kathleen
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
I've been having a really hard time deciding what to write in this review. I absolutely loved the book, but every time I think about it, I can't help but compare it to Riyria.

It's natural, I think, to compare the two. First, of course, both series are by the same author, but being in the same world makes it hard to set aside Riyria when talking about Legends. Because they are in the same world, the early history of Elan that is told in this series is referenced, often incorrectly, in Riyria. The
Michael Britt
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better the second time around!

EDIT:In honor of Age of Swords release, today, I've added this review to my blog. You can check it out here.

As usual, it's a spoiler free review. There is one spoiler at the end, but I'll have it marked.

I read Sullivan's books in a weird order; I started with Age of Myth then moved on to Riyria. While I still enjoyed each and every book, I wish I would've read this after Riyria. The first time around I fell in love with this book, but reading it after Riyria w
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-and-galleys
From a human perspective the Fhrey are gods. They appear to be immortal, they are unbeatable in battle, and they utilize magic no human can hope to match. All these notions are shattered like glass when a rock flies through it in the form of a human blade that kills a Fhrey. That blade was wielded by a young human man named Raithe. Raithe is now known as something else, the God Killer. The Fhrey not appreciating one of their own being killed by a filthy stinking rhune, retaliate by destroying tw ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review to come !

Second time reading and since I am lazy today, review still to come.
It is a fantastic world to revisit. And if you have not read this book, please do.
You won't regret it, I promise.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 h
I was provided an ebook copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley

But then I bought a first edition hardcover too :)

Well, that took me a long time to finish, didn't it? You'd think that reflects on the book, right? Except, not this time. I had my reasons.

First, this was a re-read. Yes, though it was a new book I started, it was my second pass through this particular story. As stated in my initial review of the novel I was selected to be a beta reader nearly two years ago. This time
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4ish stars.

I've read enough classical fantasy to know exactly which tropes to expect and to predict how almost every plotline resolves. Everyone has their spin on it, but it all essentially boils down to being at least 80% identical. Of course, I like it enough that I keep on reading the stuff even though I end up being underwhelmed a lot of the time.

There's honestly not a whole lot here that's groundbreaking. The difference is that it's just written so dang well. I had a blast reading from cov
I enjoyed reading "Age of Myth" in a buddy read with my dear friend, Nicole.

I have to point out that I haven’t read “The Riyria Revelations”, so there were too many strange unfamiliar names at the beginning, making it hard for me to connect with the story.

The story was well-written and the author has a very nice writing style. The characterization was quite good. The main characters were well-developed, easy to relate to and likable, but most of them reminded me too much of characters from famo
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reread in 2022:

Even better the second time around.

Original review from 2017:

4.5 stars

I am happy I picked-up this book without any expectations as this allowed me to enjoy the book for what it is: a very fun book in which fantasy and humor were expertly threaded together with legends, fun characters and delivered in a beautiful and easy to follow prose.

I have been reading a lot of grimdark fantasy lately so it was nice to change the rhythm for a bit and have some laughs.

As much as I enjoyed th
Ever heard that old saying about potato chips:

As a devout chip connoisseur this resonates with me (kettle chips anyone?). However I usually get carried away and end up feeling like this:

A Michael J Sullivan book, however, is the potato chip of the literary world, but without the splurging consequences. He is not one of those authors that you read one book and say "yeah I'm good I don't need to read anymore." His writing style is compelling, his characters are always awesome, and his plot twists
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The Legends of the First Empire (6 books)
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