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Age of War

(The Legends of the First Empire #3)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  11,079 ratings  ·  885 reviews
Rich in magic and adventure, Michael J. Sullivan’s soaring fantasy novels are masterworks of heroism, love, and sacrifice. Now, in Age of War, the epic battle between humankind and the cruel godlike beings who once ruled them finally ignites in all its fury.

The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile—and about to be tested as never before. Persephone keeps the hum
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Del Rey Books
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Jun 09, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
If you follow me here on Goodreads, you know that I don't rate my books. I do, however, use the review feature to update people on the process of books. So here goes.

Update 11/09/18 - Age of War is my 7th Goodreads Choice Award Nomination! Voting to chose the 10 finalists will end 11/10/18. Here is a complete list of the 20 semi-finalists:

Update 08/23/18 - We made the list! What list you ask? Why the Goodread's Best Fantasy of 2018 (so far list), of course. Here's all the books that are i
Helen 2.0
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read all kinds of fantasy - urban, epic, YA, romance, you name it - and lots of it. This series has risen through the ranks of my favorites insanely fast. Age of Myth immediately ranked within my top ten. Age of Swords bumped the series up into my top five. Now... well. My top three are starting to fear for their place.

I've never seen a fantasy ensemble cast rendered as beautifully as in this series. Even though each character is given only a small space per book, they all have complex mo
TS Chan
I received an advanced reading copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Michael J Sullivan, for this opportunity.

4.5 stars.

Age of War marks a fine conclusion to the first act of the series, revealing the true story behind the legends spoken of in Riyria Revelations which was not all fairy tales, rainbows and butterflies.

Before I start, let us take a moment to admire the stunning cover for Age of War by the one and only, Marc Simonetti. In my opinion, this is the best co
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

The tears are still in my eyes when I think of this book.  Dang you Michael J. Sullivan, dang you. Age of War encompasses all the emotions one would feel during a war.  Not everyone makes it through battles and some sacrifices are as beautiful as they are heartbreaking.

This is a wonderful continuation to the story. It shows how incredibly invested I am in the characters, that even though I finished this weeks ago, every time I think about
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4 stars! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature. (Actually, you should check out this FanLit version of the review because it turned into a back and forth conversation between myself and Marion, another FanLit reviewer. It's worth reading, if I do say so myself!)

All the resentments, cruelties, conspiracies and ambitions that have been simmering since Age of Myth (and even before) boil over and explode in Age of War, the third book in Michael J. Sullivan‘s LEGENDS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE series, a
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-books
4.25 stars

I was picked to be one of the “gamma” readers for this book, meaning I searched it for typos after the beta readers were done. I was so thrilled to get to do this. I read it with my proofreader’s brain rather than my reader’s brain. Sometimes I had to go back and start a part over because I accidentally got lost in the story instead of carefully looking at all the letters.

I also swore on pain of death to not give away any spoilers, so this review will remain vague. (Mr. Sullivan knows
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Fane and the Fhrey loyal to him intend to wipe out Nyphron, his followers, and all of humanity. Nyphron is preparing to use humanity to overthrow the Fane and take over the Fhrey. In order to do that Nyphron needs the keenig Persephone and he proposes marriage to her in order to gain control over humanity through her. Persephone, despite her feelings, seriously considers the proposal to protect her people from the wrath of the Fane. The Age of War is upon them all and sacrifices must be made ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was given a beta-version ecopy of this book in exchange for honest, thorough feedback. Note that this is not the final version of the novel and might change significantly before it is published.

But like I said with the beta reads of the first two books in this series, it shouldn't change that much. This baby is awesome as it is and will only need small tweaks and edits to put it in the same ballpark as the other books.

Legends of the First Empire fans will not be disappointed. If you loved Age
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy
Legends of the First Empire, and specifically this book, is a solid epic fantasy fare. The focus is on characters, mostly, with the original two races in headlocks against each other. Pretty standard fare, really. Long-lived elfish versus the ignorant humes, add new technology of war after knocking the scales off the eyes and mix well.

This particular novel combines friendly immortals with the struggling humes and a full ramp-up of the war including stronger magics, stonger weapons, and runic ar
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love the characters in this story and MJS managed to break my heart second book in a row... I love the world, the people, the magic, but I am trying to trust that Michael is going to take care of my soul not getting to hurt to continue... I read these first three books in the six book series in a month, but I think I need a bit of a mental health break, reading silly and fluffy stuff that will let me gather strength for the next go around. As I thought when I started book one, I don't foresee ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I listened to this on audio so spellings may not be correct!

Continuing the theme of really fun books in this series, I have to say I am not surprised that once again Sullivan has written a book I really liked. This is the third in the series, so I would recommend reading my first two reviews to find out more about the world and magic, but the shortened version is that this is the same setting as Hadrian and Royce's Riyria, but thousands of years earlier when the world is just beginning and
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfection. Simply amazing. It’s the best in this series and I enjoyed it to the max. I can say wholeheartedly that for me is on par with Heir of Novron, only with an added incentive: it doesn’t end the series; we still have three more forthcoming and they can’t be here soon enough.

If in the previous parts I had a problem with the characters, it vanished now completely. Their development is complete and they fit into the story perfectly. It’s so marvelous to see, for example, how Suri is transfo
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Age of War by Michael J Sullivan is the third book in The Legends of the First Empire series. I loved it! 5🌟. It has been a while since I read Age of Myth and Age of Swords. So it took me a while to feel connected with the story and the characters. But when I managed to read chunky bits a time it sparked to life. And I remember how much I love Sullivan his story telling. The easy and cozy writing makes it for a fast and enjoyable read. There are many beautiful characters, well fleshed out and so ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 3.5*
Book 3: 4.5*

This one started out really slowly to the point where I thought it was going to be a book 2 repeat. MJS is great at character development but sometimes he gets too fixated on the microscopic details of the characters and forgets there's a story to tell. This being book 3 and given how much character building we saw the first two book coupled with this book's name I was waiting for an explosion not a tea party.

The second half of the book we finally got it and no
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a day to finish this highly anticipated new installment in a series that became one of my favourites from the first book. Although a fantasy addict, I am also a connoisseur with high demands and standards; world-building, characters, plot-twists, and a plethora of other essential parts making up an excellent book. And, Michael J. Sullivan keeps providing all of it, not shying away from exhibiting one of the most crucial trait of a wonderful writer - playing their readers' emotions lik ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The third installment and a closure of sorts for the major story arc of the conflict between men and elves in the First Empire period of the continent of Elan, some three thousand years before events from the original Riyria series. It’s an easy, entertaining summer read, not exactly fast-paced but well written.

Obviously, new readers should start with the first book in the series: “Age of Myth”, or even better, with the original Royce and Hadrian adventures, who are superior in my persona
Stefano G.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy Lovers! Sanderson Fans!
***4.75/5 Stars***
Best book in the series yet!!! Exciting, eventful, epic and heartbreaking!!! Couldn’t stop reading, read it in one day!!! Michael J. Sullivan’s writing is addictive! What a great book that ends the “first part” of this six-book series! Excellent!! Highly recommended to High Fantasy Fans!!!

The story picks off right after Age of Swords, and it is constant action that never leaves you bored. The finale is marred by unexpected plot twists and heart wrenching moments that make for
Charles R.
What started in the second book continues here: weaker characters with each successive entry.

What happened to the lush landscapes and interesting people of Age of Myth? The plot in this third volume centers around a single event, gone are the multilayered stories with differing viewpoints. The unbelievable pace Roan invents major advancements in Age of Swords is now completely out of control, how are readers supposed to remain immersed in this world when only one person is apparently capable of
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life had been the same for hundreds of years. Then the war came, and nothing was ever the same again.
-The Book of Brin

Age of War is the third book in the Legends of the First Empire series by Michael J. Sullivan. For those following along so far the title on this one should be a dead giveaway. This is the book where the war between Rhunes with their outcast Fhrey allies against the Fane and his Fhrey army begins in earnest.

Events pick up not long where book two left off and takes a bleak turn a
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well this certainly was (mostly) depressing and heartbreaking. And incredibly entertaining. For me this was easily the best book in this series, so far. I'm sort of glad that the next book is months away. In the meantime I'll try to prepare for the, most likely, unavoidable and upcoming heartbreak.

You can be very cruel sometimes, Michael. I love it.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Age of War is the third book of The Legends of the First Empire series and it is aptly titled, given how things are heating up again after the slight slowdown we experienced in the previous installment. From my time with the Riyria Revelations, I’ve learned that Michael J. Sullivan is an author who likes to slowly and methodically build up a series arc, and though this strategy often leads to uneven pacing and some monoton
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan

There are just too many feels going on right now for me to properly review this book. So much happened, and yet it felt like the book wasn't long enough. MJS punched me right in the gut, AGAIN! I had tears by page six, that's how you know the author is good!

Age of War had a slow buildup to the action, which starts around Chapter fifteen and just keeps building from there all the way to the end. Characters are MJS's strongest part of any book he write
Wick Welker
Phenomenal third installment to the series. Age of War was a delightful and satisfying fantasy read. It succeeded for many reasons. First, the full cast of characters were developed. Perhaps not every character to the same extent, but the large cast here all got moderate to excellent development which helped the cohesion of the entire plot. I genuinely liked and cared for almost every character in this book which is saying a lot because there are many.

Second, FINALLY a male fantasy author writes
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
This installment was the most serious of the series so far. Our characters are established (and there aren't lots of new ones this time), and boy do they have some big obstacles to overcome - like how do the primitive humans fight the much more powerful Frey!? I loved the some of the character progression/reveals, and others just tore at my emotions. It is one of those books that now that I'm done, I'll need to pause and think for awhile :)
Thomas J. Benedict
This one was SOOO GOOOOOD! Lots of action, just the stuff I like. Crazy stuff happened.

2 of my favourite characters died. MICHEAL J SULLIVAN IS A MURDERER 😭.

Highly recommend.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this one 3.5 rounded up to 4-stars.

If you like action then this will be the best of the series so far. I like the action but it was the way that some of the characters have begun relationships that put me off giving this 5-stars; especially the one (or non-one) between Raithe and Persephone.

The story is still good, as you would expect from Mr Sullivan but the ending is rather sudden, which is obviously a trait with ongoing series.

I look forward to the next book but have others to read f
Benji Glaab
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm going to rate 4.5 the relationships and dialogue among the cast in the first half of the book was beyond engaging, as with the entire series I always get the feeling It's a little too long and the last half drags despite being more action packed and fast paced. I just seem to get lost in the crossfire of events somehow. Once again Tim Gerrard Reynolds delivers a flawless performance. I realy recommend the audio. I will be doing age of Legends in a few weeks and am looking forward to it.

Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-own
A review will follow when back home... Shed a little tear reading this. Cannot wait for the next installment!
Sotiris Karaiskos
The third part of the series begins in a relaxing mood as our heroes, after so many dramatic events, have the opportunity to take a break to rebuild, decide on their next moves, shape new alliances, and prepare their army for the inevitable great showdown. This break gives the writer the opportunity to look a little at the characters to show us their progress as many of them take on important responsibilities while other have more personal worries like to choose their other half. Of course this ...more
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