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Age of Legend

(The Legends of the First Empire #4)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  4,233 ratings  ·  474 reviews
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
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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Jul 26, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
As people may know, I don't write reviews of my own books, but I do use this space to update people on happenings about the books I here I am!

Oct 12, 2019I'm honored, and more than a bit surprised that Age of Legend made the semi-finals round for the Goodreads Chocie Award for Best Fantasy book. My thanks to eveyone who did a "write-in" vote during the first round to get it included.

Aug 30,2019 Did the ending of Age of Legend leave you wanting to read Age of Death as soon as possible?
TS Chan
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Robin (Bridge Four)


This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
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
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc
3.5 stars. A bleak story of ongoing war and betrayal, brightened by love, loyalty and redemption arcs. It’s got middle-book syndrome (it tells only part of a story and relies heavily on what came before and what will come after) and a killer of a cliffhanger ending. Luckily the next book comes out soon!

Full review to come.
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
Maja Ingrid
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-faves, fantasy
4,5 stars


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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
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...


[and I will try to keep other spoilers to a minimum since well this is still nearly 3 months prior to
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 3.5*
Book 3: 4.5*
Book 4: 3*

I'm being kind with my 3*'s. I thought about giving it 2.5. The good news is this sets us up for an epic book 5. The bad news is much like book 2 nothing really happens. This series could have been better had it been a trilogy where book 2 was condensed into a long prologue for book 3 and ditto with this book for book 5.

MJS does his usual good job with the characters but we've known them for a long time now so it becomes a bit tedious. He also
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Right. So, the Riyria books were pretty light-hearted and fun. But this series has been a constant kick between the legs. Or at least Age of War and Age of Legend have been. And of course it's topped of with a massive cliffhanger that I'll have to wait months for to be resolved. Thanks. Really, thanks a lot.

4.5/5 stars
2.5 stars

I've loved the series leading up to this book. It took me a while to purchase it because I've been avoiding the more traditional fantasy books (elves,dwarves, etc). Once I started this series I realized how massive of a mistake that was, this series has delivered moments that have completely crushed me and moments of triumph. I wanted to say this to kind of give insight to the series as a whole so far, instead of just this one book.

THIS BOOK THOUGH. Might be the biggest filler book I've
Executive Summary: This series seems to alternate between great books and just good ones. This was a good one. I felt like too much time was spent setting things up and just as it was set, it ended. 3.5 stars.

Audiobook: Tim Gerard Reynolds does his usual fantastic job. I've enjoyed every book he's narrated, and none more than those written by Mr. Sullivan. The narration helped me through some of the slower parts at the start of this book.

Full Review
So far I've rated both Age of Myth and Age of
Liam Degnan
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been thoroughly enjoying the series as a whole, and HIGHLY recommend picking it up.

This book did feel a bit slow to me though. I am glad Michael Sullivan does not rush the reader from one revelation to another, and the slow burn of this book was entirely worth the time I put into it, but I can't help but feel like there was not much advancement in the plot.

Only reason I gave it four instead of five. Thoroughly enjoyed it, ad I enjoy all of Sullivan's books.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Krista Hansen
As other reviewers have mentioned, nothing really happens in this installment. Just as the plot finally starts moving, it just abruptly ends. It is not a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end. It felt like an overlong prologue to the next book. It shouldn’t have been sold as a separate novel. As far as the story goes, characters make some frustrating decisions just to further the plot. I don’t really care about many of the characters at this point. This series is disappointing me more ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-own
Another fantastic installment! Super cliffhanger at the end, not a big fan of those... looking forward to the next one!!
Sotiris Karaiskos
The book that marks the middle of our history. After the staggering third part that offers a lot of excitement to the reader, the fourth part is rather subdued, more like an introduction to the last two books than something autonomous. Not much is happening as the great conflict we are witnessing has evolved into a war of attrition dominated by many minor skirmishes, as long as our heroes' relationships remain stable following this stagnation.

Of course, this does not mean that there is no
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, maps
“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
Calley Odum
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.




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.
After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and has pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their homeland, but no farther. Now comes the pivotal moment. Persephone’s plan to use the stalemate to seek peace is destroyed by an unexpected betrayal that threatens to hand victory to the Fhrey and leaves a dear friend in peril. Her only hope lies in the legend of a witch, a forgotten song, and a simple garden door.

I'm very late posting this review. I read this back in July but with
Steven Naylor
Rating 3.5 stars

I loved the Riyria series and added it to my favorite list. The first two books in this prequel series were pretty good. It was interesting to see where the legends and myths started. The third book in this series wasn't as good, mainly because I started to not like any of the characters. This book continued that trend. Nyphron is an ass. I don't like anything about him. I used to like Persephone but after she treated Raithe the way she did in the last book at the end, I was
Patrick Elsey
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Someone really wants that sweet royalty money by stretching his series out.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well that was a little disappointing after the first three books. Plot wise, nothing much really happens in this book. It was full of soapy drama and a lot of mistakes. It appears that Brin and Persephone have started sipping on the same cocktail Tyrion was drunk on in seasons 7 & 8.

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Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Much of what I love about Sullivan books buoys Age of Legend back to the shore of enjoyability, including the vivid characterizations. The carefully crafted tale continues, for those who’ve been following along even since Riyira.

There is a bit of bad here that I haven’t encountered before with Sullivan’s writing, and it weighs our story down. One, we see some fairly inexplicable character choices serve to move the plot along. Nothing takes me out of a story faster than seeing a character do
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I swear I'd only just gotten invested in the story when it ended *sigh*. Kindle books can be deceiving because without looking ahead one can't really know when it's going to end. This book was one such surprise - ending with a major cliff hanger at 86%. I don't really mind cliffhangers though some are harder to deal with then others. In this case it was more like - well, that happened ... rather then Nooooo! when is the next book coming out! I will definitely read on but even here in book four ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Age of Legend by Michael J Sullivan

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
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I almost feel guilty giving this only 3 stars. I normally *love* Sullivan's work.
But this one has probably been my least favorite book of his so far.
It took forever to grab my interest and I spent much of the book wondering when something was finally going to happen.
It felt kind of like a filler, something I haven't really encountered with him before.
That said, I am looking forward to Age of Death because I do want to know what comes next.
I like the characters and I still care about the
Scott Pare
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved it.

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


I'm proud to have supported Michael in self-funding this book though and look forward to the next book in the series.
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