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Age of War

(The Legends of the First Empire #3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  6,403 ratings  ·  605 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, 420 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Del Rey Books
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Michael The cover is final -- it's the amazing work of Marc Simonetti who has one all the covers for this series to date. The release date isn't right - the…moreThe cover is final -- it's the amazing work of Marc Simonetti who has one all the covers for this series to date. The release date isn't right - the actual release date is in July, and should be updated shortly.(less)
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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 includ
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
Bill Door
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



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 i
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
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-beta-read
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 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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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 :)
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
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!
Joe Brown
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding! Bring on Age of legend
Michael Britt
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 freaking stars! But I’ve yet to give a single one of Sullivan’s books less than 5 stars, so take my eventual review with that in mind. I don’t rate many books objectively, and that goes double for any of this authors books lol. Review to come!
C.P. Cabaniss
"Dragons only kill you; Gilarabrywns break your heart."

In many respects this is probably the best yet of the Legends of the First Empire series. For anyone who has read the Riyria books, this has some great little connections that make it even more enjoyable. If you haven't read Riyria yet, it won't ruin anything for you.

The characters are excellent, as usual. Raithe and Suri continue to be some of my favorites, but Tesh really starts to shine here. The relationships involving these three are
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I just finished my ARC of Age of War. Halfway through the first chapter I had already grinned from ear to ear & got misty eyed. Before it was over I had laughed out loud several times & straight up boo-hooed twice. I was angry & hopeful & happy & heartbroken. And VERY desperate for more. The author grabs you & takes you Elan to show you that real heroes don't always look like heroes & some that look like heroes are really manipulating cowards.
It takes a minute to
Barry Mulvany
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That was one hell of a roller-coaster of a book. We start off pretty much where we finished in Age of Swords, and basically the whole book is set in Alon Rhist. Since it's the third book I can't really go into too many plot details as it would be spoilers for the previous but all the POV's basically stay the same with an addition of one or two I think. I'm still a big fan of Persephone as she feels very realistically written. She's a bit older and definitely acts that way. Too often in fantasy b ...more
"Heroes are those who refuse to create or become victims. I failed to see it then, but I lived among many heroes. I think maybe everyone does." --THE BOOK OF BRIN

In this third book of the Legends of the First Empire series our heroes are lamenting losses, but also preparing for war. Quite a few of them are hit with some pretty tough choices in this book. Persephone in particular did some things that I didn't like at all. I understood the reasoning behind her choice, just not the way she hand
Skylar Phelps
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

MJS continues to be one my favorites. He’s a true tale spinner and I just like the way the guy writes. His stories are Tolkien-esque with a mildly modern spin. He takes classic tropes that would normally turn me off from a book and somehow makes me enjoy them very much. Most of all, his stories are effectively emotional, which is hard to find in adult modern fantasy.

Age of war, I will say was quite a bit slower than I expected. The title may have misled me somewhat but there really was
Diana Stormblessed
So many feelz. Need to process.
kartik narayanan
Age of War is an excellent book in an already great series. It is a typical Michael J. Sullivan creation - brilliant characters, writing that touches you in your soul and a plot of epic proportions but seen from an individual perspective. There is nothing more to say.

A lot of the main characters reach the end of their arc. There is tragedy and heartbreak. There is heroism and happiness. Familiar tropes are turned on their head (the ending comes to mind). If there is one criticism I have, it is
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers in this review.

Michael gave me this copy for a "gamma" read - basically copy editing, looking for typos and grammar mistakes and such. So a big thank-you to him (and Robin) for the chance to get an early look. Hopefully I spotted some things you guys didn't.

I've been a fan of Michael for a good while, and I've liked everything he's written (even if I do think Theft of Swords has some significant flaws). I've also felt that his work has gotten steadily better, with every book being an
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Other books in the series

The Legends of the First Empire (6 books)
  • Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire, #1)
  • Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)
  • Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire #4)
  • Age of Death (The Legends of the First Empire, #5)
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“Wouldn't matter," Suri said. "Regardless where you're born, the world has a way of finding you and ruining everything.” 2 likes
“Rivers age as they go downstream,” Suri told Raithe while they looked at the disagreeable gorge. “That’s what Tura once told me. They start out as tiny trickles, then in their youth and adolescence are like this, boundless energy throwing themselves heedless against unmovable rocks. Then they usually fall. Sometimes it’s a series of tumbles and sometimes one great plummet, but hitting bottom usually takes the fight out of most rivers. After that, they mellow and learn to meander around the rocks they encounter, taking life slower, easier. They spread out and grow quiet until, at last, they flow into the sea, becoming one with something greater.” 2 likes
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