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Age of Legend

(The Legends of the First Empire #4)

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Each culture has its own myths and legends, but only one is shared, and it is feared by all.

With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted readers with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save mankind. After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and has pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Grim Oak Press
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Michael We are shooting for April 2019 (which will be 9 months after Age of War). Our hope is to release all three remaining books in a year and a half so the…moreWe are shooting for April 2019 (which will be 9 months after Age of War). Our hope is to release all three remaining books in a year and a half so the current release schedule is:

Age of Legend: April 2019
Age of Death: October 2019
Age of Empyre: April 2020

I'm also glad you gave it a chance. Thanks for the kind words!

To make that schedule I need to do the final tweaks, beta reading, and all the editing in short order. But I think it is doable. In many ways the series is two 3-book closely related arcs. So I'd rather have a little more time between War and Legend and shorter times between Legend, Death, and Empyre.(less)
Michael It depends. And the answer is kinda long, but here goes. So, originally Del Rey bought the first half of the series, and they tend to like to release…moreIt depends. And the answer is kinda long, but here goes. So, originally Del Rey bought the first half of the series, and they tend to like to release the books one a year. When it came time to negotiate for the second half of the series, we ran into a road block. You see, Penguin Random House (the parent company of Del Rey) had change in policy regarding "required rights." Previously they would "like to have" audio rights, but if they couldn't get them they would still write a contract. But with the new policy they absolutely will not buy a book where the audio rights are not available. Since I had previously sold the audio rights for all six books, that meant that the last three books were essentially locked out.

Once this was discovered, I started looking for publishers who don't require audio rights (which pretty much took out all of the big-five), and I negotiated a deal with Kensington Publishing (the largest non big-five publisher). While we have a "deal memo" for them to publish the books, we still don't have anything signed. I would have liked for them to put out the books on a six month schedule, they wanted to follow what Del Rey was doing (1 a year). I finally got a compromise from them where their first book (book #4) would be 1 year from book #3 but then the last two would come out more quickly.

So if the deal does get signed the release dates for the books will be:

Age of Legend (Book #4) - July 2019
Age of Death (Book #5) - March 2020
Age of Empire (Book #6) - October 2020

But, if we can't get this thing signed and put to bed, I'll go back to my original desired release dates which is every 6 months. So that would mean.

Age of Legend (Book #4) - Dec 2018
Age of Death (Book #5) - July 2019
Age of Empire (Book #6) - Dec 2019(less)

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Michael
Jul 26, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As people may know, I don't write reviews of my own books, but I do use this space to update people on status...so here I am.

June 12, 2019: The hardcover books have arrived! I went to our warehouse and signed a bunch of copies, and Robin added them to our store. So, if you want signed copies of the latest book - and get them signed as well. Come and get them!

May 29, 2019: I can't believe how long it's been since my last update, and I apologize for the lack of communication. Part of the problem i
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TS Chan
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9th July: Book drops today!!

A brilliant sequel which fulfilled my eager anticipation and high expectations, Age of Legend takes the First Empire series to the next level of greatness with the promise of a showstopper by its finale.

Age of Legend is structurally different from the continuous narrative in the preceding three volumes. This book has three sections; the first part is the shortest which deals with the immediate aftermath of the battle at Alon Rhist. The second section takes place one y
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Terence
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The war rages on until it reaches a stalemate. Persephone tries to forge a peace only to see her ambassador betrayed and taken captive. An unlikely group seeks a legend in order to save their friend.

Age of Legend is an enjoyable book, but I just don't see how they could end it where they did. Worst of all it caught me completely off guard because I was only 86% of the way through the book according to my Kindle. I can't believe I have to wait another year at minimum to learn what happens next. T
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Claudia
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first time to the author’s Kickstarter project and I must say I’ll be a regular one from now on because I got to read this book three months before its official publication. Yey!

Sullivan’s books are like a cozy nook for me: comfortable, relaxing and mood improving, with extra bonuses such as joy, laugh and a great feeling overall.

This fourth installment makes no exception; I missed this universe and I’m thrilled two more books are following.

Unlike the previous volumes, this one ends with a cl
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Bradley
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
The good:

If you have been enjoying the Legends of the First Empire so far, you're probably going to enjoy this and the newish direction it takes. In a very positive way, it is more of the same with many of the same characters, dealing with the aftermath of the big blow-out of the previous book and learning how to move forward. Brin gets a lot of page-time and I, for the most part, enjoyed these parts more than the rest. Writing about writing is fun.

The bad, or rather, the indifferent:

I just coul
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Audrey
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-books
4.5 stars
Beta read: Jan to Feb 2019
Gamma read: April 2019

Me picking up a Michael Sullivan book:


The truth is that everyone can achieve greatness, but many don’t try because they think of themselves as merely ordinary.



This six-book series is sub-divided into two three-book arcs. This is the beginning of the second arc, which means the story heads into a very unexpected direction and has a bit of a cliffhanger. However, the next two books should be out rather quickly.

This volume focuses the most on
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Robin (Bridge Four)
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Everything is so obvious when you look back. It is the first time through the garden-of-fear-and-doubt that messes with your head.
— The Book of Brin

Michael J. Sullivan (MJS) is one of my favorite epic fantasy writers.  He is dependable, great at tying threads together and always gives his reader something a little unexpected.  Age of Legend is the fourth book in the the Legends of the First Empire series. This is technica
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Tim
OK I am definitely weak, yes I was a Kickstarter backer and I thought I could wait for the actual physical release of Age of Legend. But I guess not as I just went through the book this weekend. I mean what else was I going to do after a blizzard rolled through and dumped nearly 2 feet of snow and stranding us in...

********* WARNING THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS OF THE PRIOR BOOKS AHEAD ***********

[and I will try to keep other spoilers to a minimum since well this is still nearly 3 months prior to of
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Maja Ingrid
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, the-faves
4,5 stars

I. NEED. AGE. OF. DEATH. NOW!

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No spoilers, just short rant, because that's what I do best.

Okay, so it's been some hours since i finished the book and I've been trying to, and failing, to gather my thoughts. It was a solid 4 through most of it, but the ending had me in pieces so bumped it up 0,5 stars and rounded up to a 5. It will likely remain at 5 because I'm still all over the place about it. It's not my favourite of the books, on the third place actually but it still deserves t
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Ron
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maps, fantasy, ebook
“Suri sat alone with a sword across her lap, staring at what most would call a dragon, but which the onetime mystic of Dahl Rhen saw as a fragment of her broken heart.”

The opening of a monumental work. As Sullivan explains in his Author’s Note, this book opens a trilogy similar to the three volumes of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The comparison is both apt and misleading. Apt because the struggle described is both intimate and cosmic, and misleading because Elan is a very different world th
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Hillary
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After burning through all the of these in a week, I am a bit crushed that I must now wait. Time to reread the Royce and Hadrian escapades...
Calley Odum
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edit: I helped to fund the Kickstarter, so I have access to the ebook format. Told myself I would wait for the print. Didn’t happen.



Obsessed?

Me?

Never.


But yes, I finished this book in less than 24 hours, so maybe.

This 4th installment is VERY different from the previous books in the series, both in content and style.

First, There are a few year/multi year time jumps, which is... hmmm. It’s necessary, I think, given the time period and methods of warfare, to show how much of a slog war can be. Bu
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Donna
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Arrgh!! I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. First, I love MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN!! Really. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Most everything I have read by him has been 5 stars or dang close to that. So I am a little tortured here because I didn't love this. That kills me a little on the inside.

This still had the same great characters, who were probably as tortured as I feel writing this. They were the characters I've come to love, and the relationships were developed. The wit and humor was there. However
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Scott Pare
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it.

The only thing I have to say I didn't like . . .

IT WAS TOO SHORT.

I'm proud to have supported Michael in self-funding this book though and look forward to the next book in the series.
Megan
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The end of the third book (Age of War) gave the reader a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.

But wait!

There's another THREE books to the series! At first I was a little worried that this book may feel a little forced and a little like flogging a dead horse continuing a story that was fairly well finished. I have never been so happy to be wrong!

While some of our MCs from previous books are no longer part of the story or have much smaller roles to play, this gives the perfect
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Jonas
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Beta read, temporary review. The score I'm giving is for the book on its own. The book within the series is alas my least favorite so far, within the series it will have to be a 3/5, but that doesn't mean this is a bad book. In comparison to the others I found the delivery to be a bit lacking, I didn't feel satisfied when I finished the book. I think just one chapter more would have done it for me.
The story itself is a buildup to 2 separate events, both of which get answered in a way but leave
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Rachael
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense ending to a fun book! Even forewarned of a cliffhanger it was still shocking. Also the whole book was wonderful and well done. Definitely 100% interesting. Great pacing, great characters. Not perfect (not enough Persephone!) and definitely very ambitious but I’m such a sucker for this world and I’m thrilled that each installment gets better and better. I can see readers having difficulty with the time jumps. But the war is LONG and I don’t want to read 5 years with no forward progress, s ...more
Jess
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite installment to the series but really good nonetheless. The pacing felt really fast and the (cliffhanger) ending snuck up on me before I knew it, so obviously now I'm dying for the next book!
Emily
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Age of Legend by Michael J Sullivan
*****4.5*****


I was so excited to get my hands of this book and I am happy to say it did not disappoint. While I didn't find it quite as un-put-downable as some of the other installments, I thoroughly enjoyed my return journey into MJS' world. He had my emotions up within the first few pages.

Legend is the older, more mature sibling to the three previous books. Our favorite characters are all older and more mature with more adult worries plaguing them. We see re
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Wulf Krueger
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0_wk_read_2019
Time had sneaked in and stolen her recklessness.


Michael J. Sullivan has done it again: He has written a book that doesn’t need to hide behind any other work in contemporary fantasy. His latest masterpiece, Age of Legend, the Kickstarter of which I had the honour to participate in, begins after the Battle of Grandford at the end of the previous book, Age of War.

This makes “Age of Legend” the fourth book in Michael’s “The Legends of the First Empire” series which I whole-heartedly recommend t
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Alex
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gamma reader over here.

I’ve been enjoying Michael J. Sullivan’s work since I sampled The Death of Dulgath a few years ago. I’m ashamed to say that I still haven’t caught up on all of Royce and Hadrian’s adventures, and this is only my second Legends of the First Empire book. I read Age of War last year, also as a gamma reader. Predictably, since it was the third of a planned six-book series, it was a slightly overwhelming and confusing experience without any prior knowledge of the plot or charac
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Vigasia
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 4 stars not five, because most of action in the later parts is basen on one very stupid decision. And as most as I love all the characters, it's too obvious how easily all of what happened could be avoided. I can't write more to not spoil anything, but the main event leading to the adventure of our heroes seemed to me to be written this way only for them to have a reason to go into danger and it bothered me a little.

Despite this one issue I still really liked this book. It's har
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Kati
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5

This was another excellent addition to the Legends series, but it did fall short of the other novels. I think it would have landed better with me to have a shorter novella bridging 3 and 4 since there was such a time gap early on in the book. The jump hurt my immersion in the world and made some of the character developments feel hollow. (view spoiler)
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Will Todd
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the last week, I have had the privilege of gamma reading Michael's latest installment of the First Empire series. Admittedly, I found the previous two novels somewhat lacking...and I'm not quite sure what wasn't clicking with me. I am starting to think it was because books 2&3, while interesting, are building blocks to get to the meat of the story. I won't assign fault to that at all. But let me tell you, Age of Legend definitely leaves you chewing on some wonderfully marbled meat.

Befo
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Koeur
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.4/5

Review: It is interesting, at least to me, how all of the reviews that are 3 stars or less have no written content. Takes me back to the time I was a Beta reader for team Sullivan; when if you are more than honest about the content, you are summarily dismissed. As a lot of effort and time goes into Beta reading any expectations about receiving summary novels in the series are quickly quashed by the lack. Self-centered doesn’t quite describe that behavior but I suck too with having a
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Kathleen
I read and listened interchangeably. Excellent 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ narration!! Good story, too, especially because Sullivan has a knack for creating a setting with a textured atmosphere and a sense of place. But IMO it’s the weakest of the four published thus far. I liked it, nonetheless, and am certainly intrigued by Trilos, Malcom, the Witch, and by Mawyndule’s servant, Treya. (Spelling??). I wonder where Malcolm went, and why he seemed concerned and caught by surprise. On the other hand, I was somewhat un ...more
Chris McGrath
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This remains one of the most compelling and unique fantasy series I've ever read. Although this one started off a bit slower, due to a bit of jumping forward in time from the previous books, by the end I was transfixed, as usual. Thankful that the last two books of the series are coming even more quickly than the previous ones, and that this whole series will be out in the next year or so.

If you haven't already started reading these, it's time to rectify that!
Chad Harrison
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fine
I'm always amazed by Michael J. Sullivan's books. There's something about the things that he chooses to focus on that irritates me. In the First Empire series it's, for some reason, ridiculous explanations of how a couple of people invented everything, from writing to archery to individual English words. It's just a side thing that pops up every once in a while, but man it gets on my nerves, and it makes the book lose a star. (Michael, I know how active you are on Goodreads, so if you're reading ...more
Jesper Pettersen
Once again I'm pulled wholehearted and headfirst into the Legends of the First Empire, and what a truly wonderful read this was! And as usual with Michaels books, there was laughter, suspense, anger, revelations and one or two (very manly) tears shed in the process.

Even though I was aware of the potential of a cliffhanger ending....wow, just wow!

Got this e-book as a backer of the Kickstarter, and can't wait to sign up for the next installment: Age of Death.

Michael
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book isn't the best in the series to date...but it was definitely a necessary installment. It covers a lot of ground quickly and we were pre-warned that it skips ahead a number of years, which I think made the book feel like it was over too soon. Besides this, it was great to see our favourite characters grow and the world of Elan expand. You can tell there's still a lot to happen and I'm glad the last two books will be coming out in quick succession! And that ending.... sooo intense!!
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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 War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3)
  • Age of Death (The Legends of the First Empire, #5)
  • Age of Empyre (The Legends of the First Empire #6)
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