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Age of Death

(The Legends of the First Empire #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Winter blankets the land, and more than just hope has died. Prevented from invading the Fhrey homeland by the tower of Avempartha, the western army seeks a way across the Nidwalden River before the fane obtains the secret of dragons. As time runs out for both humanity and the mystic Suri, the only chance for the living rests with the dead. Having made their fateful choice, ...more
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Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Riyria Enterprises LLC
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Mar 28, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't review my own books, but I do use this space to update readers. So here goes...

10/19/19 - We are back from New York (we were there for the start of the recording of the audiobook. We still have at least one, and maybe two days of recording left. We are finding some very minor adjustments that we are making during the recordings, so I'm going to wait until we are done before making the ebook. But we are dangerously close to having everything locked down and sending the Kickstarter backers
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, fantasy
Beta read – went through it rather quickly
Gamma read – very few changes – I think some of the chapter titles changed, but I’ll have to compare the two versions to be sure.
4.5 stars

This book felt so short, yet it’s over 400 pages. The book starts off with Brin, thankfully, right where the previous book ended. This book also has a cliffhanger, but I don’t think it’s quite as agonizing as Age of Legend.

About half the book follows “the seven” as they explore and fight
TS Chan
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Age of Death is aptly titled as it would be the death of me. We have yet another cliffhanger ending as the second arc of The Legends series is indeed shaping up to be a continuous story. I can empathise with Sullivan on where to break off for each instalment, short of releasing it as a single doorstopper. The mythology of Elan as we know it (from Riyria) has been completely blown apart, and our beloved characters continue to grow and develop. It's going to be so hard to write a review for this ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
WTH was that ending?! I was warned it will end in a cliffhanger, but I expected a milder one, like in the previous volume, not like this! Damn! Well, at least I should be happy that with Kickstarter I’ll get to read the final volume in February, not May.

Anyway, despite the vexing ending, I very much enjoyed the book. It picks up the story from the previous volume but now its focus is on the fellowship (view spoiler). Their path takes them inside Elan, in the
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
With Suri in the hands of Fane Lothian, Nyphron is convinced he no longer has a chance of winning the war. Persephone finds herself alone. Her brave friends who went to save Suri are dead, but Malcolm tells her that there's still a chance they could return. The group who willingly entered the land of the dead are the Rhunes only hope.

Age of Death like Age of Legend ended in a cliff hanger. At least I know I won't have to wait too long for the last book of the series, but I really wish the story
Maja Ingrid
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy


While it certainly feels like a middle book it's still a real good read. Also I expect a big bang in Age of Empyre aND I'M READY FOR IT

Also a reminder that Suri is the Preciousest of Precious and I love her.

If you came here expecting a proper review, you have came to the wrong place.

(view spoiler)
Tim Hayes
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best yet.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This has been my favorite of the Legends series so far. Went by quickly and left me wanting the next book.

I have a tendency to get a little impatient with certain parts of the Legends series books. Since there are things going on in different locations, with different characters, you have to go back to some of the less exciting spots from time to time. I do find myself just wanting to be back where the “action” is, and have a tendency to try to get through these less exciting parts
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael (and Robin) gave me an advanced copy in exchange for my services as a "gamma reader" (aka proofreader). Thanks for the book, and happy to help!

There will be spoilers up to and including *Age of Legend*. Also some mildly-spoilery references to the *Riyria Revelations*. You've been warned.

This will come as no surprise to those who have read *Age of Legend*, but *Age of Death* is dominated by Moya, Brin, Roan, Gifford, Tressa, Tekchin, and Rain going all Dante-style and journeying through
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Sigh. Cliffhangers.
Dan Secor
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It pains me to give such a low rating to a book written by my favorite contemporary author, but this book left me feeling flat. It’s not because of the cliffhanger ending (I expected that), but mostly because I felt the pacing was off, and some of the character interactions felt a little more forced than usual.

Apart from that, the overall writing was top-notch as usual, and for once I was more captivated by the the side story than the main “Dante-like” one.

I strongly suspect that the conclusion
Gil Estel
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Age of death" starts from where "Age of Legend" ended. It is indeed a middle book in a trilogy within a six books series. The journey is dangerous, but also brings knowledge, wisdom, courage and shred more light on the lore of Elan, which is really cool and personally one of my favourite parts in this book. There's not much action on the front of the war above, as the main action is below. I also really enjoyed Suri's activities - thought that thing at the end is a total cliffhanger, just put ...more
Syd the Kid
Oct 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
this cover have me goosebumps...

Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With both hands on my heart I can say that this is my favourite book from Legend of the first empire. The book didn't slow the piece even for a bit, all the time I was on my toes anticipating what will happen next.
Andy Bowden
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Simply brilliant the books get better and better. Cannot wait to read Age of Empyre.
Troy Osgood
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in the series. Sullivan, already amazing, just gets better and better.

It's great seeing the history we learned in Revelations and how far from the truth it really is.
Nicholas Hart
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No!!! Cliffhanger?!?! Need Age of Empyre now!!!

Seriously, though, another great entry into the Age of the First Empire series.
Caitlin Young
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
To clarify, this is a four star Michael J Sullivan book, which probably still counts as a five star book by another author. I read the Kickstarter ebook version which was a very different experience from the previous books that Tim Reynolds kindly read to me in his delightful voices. Once I adjusted to the spellings of all the names I'd never seen, I got into it. This series is highly addictive and I re-read all the previous books while waiting the two month gap between finishing the last book ...more
Timo Multamäki
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
short, but rather important "middle piece" of the story. Now the next book should really come sooner rather than later.
Wulf Krueger
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0_wk_read_2019
It pains me to write this but I didn’t really like “Age of Death”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book per se. It’s just that it feels flat and - ironically - lifeless. That's probably why it took me almost a month to finish it.

“Age of Death” starts where Age of Legend, the previous book, left off with a huge cliffhanger. Now our heroes move on into, uh, a sort of different realm... No, this won’t do: If you haven’t read the previous book yet, stop reading this review here - afterwards
Brittney Tyler
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!
Shelves: personal-library
Star Rating: 5 Stars

Note: This is the 5th book in the Legends of the 1st Empire series so this will not be an in-depth review.

Reviewer’s Note: I received an e-copy of this book because of the Kickstarter, and it will be released for the main market in February.

If you have seen the note above, you know that I was extremely lucky to receive an e-copy of Age of Death because of the Kickstarter (I know that not everyone was this lucky and I hope that this review can help get more people excited
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun Ham
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's almost unfair to be reviewing this book now, as it's clearly a middle piece of what amounts to a really long novel, and the author has admitted to as much in the book itself. And what this book is, and whatever things I liked or disliked about this book is completely dependent on how the third book pans out.

But with that in mind, the cardinal sin of this book is not the cliffhanger ending but the fact that there is no ending at all - it seems to have been building to a climax of a big
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All too often, that which we are most certain of is that which we are the most wrong about; and that which we are wrong about can change everything.

Age of Death hits the ground running, picking up immediately on the cliffhanger which Age of Legend left off, as though simply turning a page and continuing.

The situation with the Fhrey continues to quietly deteriorate, as Gilarabrywns become more relevant than ever, and the political machinations begin to intensify. Meanwhile, we learn about the
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5.0.

I received a copy of this book as an e-Book backing the kickstart campaign. I primarily read the first three books in the series on audible, so I will update my review following getting to listen to Tim Gerald Reynold's narration in 2020. I enjoyed the story in Age of Death, but it is challenging to review because if this were a Brandon Sanderson series and printed like "Oathbringer," then the last book in the series would be one giant tome instead of a trilogy. I was mad at the
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always when reading anything written by Michael J. Sullivan, I am totally lost for words and it usually takes me couple of days to recover, in every sense of the word.

We are now in the middle of this incredible journey through Elan's history. 'Age of Death' is the second novel in the second part of The Legends of the First Empire. Yes, it might sound confusing, however, for anyone reading along knows what I'm talking about. The clear separation between two stages of the narrative is evident
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t let the rating fool you...I love this series and I love this author, this is just my least favorite of this trilogy. It reads exactly like it is: the middle part of a very long novel. I wish it had more of a self contained story on its own, it just leaves you annoyed and wishing you had the next one. Thankfully we don’t have long to wait but had I known I probably would have just waited to read them until they were all released. Personal preference.

Anyway, this really was the
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ending of this book really pissed me off.
That might be a confusing first sentence if you also look at the rating. But the story is excellent and it does deserve such a rating.
My problem (which has been growing steadily stronger) is that this is clearly a *part* of the story. In much the same way that all of the books have been in this series. They all end in some sort of a cliff hanger and all are clearly part of a larger narrative.
This is just a complaint on my part as I prefer finished
Lee Tatum
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a Kickstarter backer, and just finished Age of Death (read my copy using E-pub). I loved it! If you’re wondering if you want to wait till February, no, you don’t. I took advantage of this Thanksgiving holiday to read & savor, and Age of Death is a wonderful follow-up to Age of Legend.

Since I love tales of underworlds (Isis & Osiris; Gilgamesh; Elysian Fields, Hades & Persephone) this novel was lots of dark fun. As a super MJS fan, I’ve never been disappointed, and AoD gave me
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