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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 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. RELEASE DAY 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 BrinMichael 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 technically a prequel set thousands of years before the Riyria Revelations series and shows just how much history gets wrong after a few millennia goes buy if you have read both series This is the true accounting of the war between the Rhunes man and the Fhrey Elves that changed everything about the world.All of MJS s other books have a clear beginning and ending to that story but the final three books of this series will not follow that format There will be good stopping points but it is better to think of books 4 6 as one really large book instead of three separate ones.My heart was left a little broken at the end of Age of War, and with the title I guess that is fitting, war should break your heart Age of Legend first gives us a glimpse of the repercussions right after Age of War, then jumps forward about a year to give a bit insight and then another five years I m really happy of this since Man is at was with the Fhrey the entire time and I think that tracking all of that time could have gotten tedious This way the story flows fantastically and you still feel connected to all of the characters and their relationships to each other.This is another great tale of courage in the face of uncertainty, devotion to the people you love and fighting for what you believe in I really liked how the connections between people aren t always easy to see How one person tied to another, and that person tied to someone else can snowball into the most unlikely group of people working together Every book delves a little into the mysteries of Elan I totally adore how this one opens up the lore of the gods to us a little and for those of you dying to figure out who what Malcolm is, well you are in luck because her story is expanded quite a bit.Persephone, the Rhune leader was always destined to marry Nyphron, leader of the Fhrey warriors Her story breaks my heart as Nyphron is not a Fhrey in love with woman like all of the legends from the Riyria books have claimed It is completely political and so sad in a way Persephone played of a role in prior books but for this one she will take a bit of a back seat.There are so many other characters that are just fantastic in this series Suri is always a favorite of mine, she has been through so much already and I feel so sad for the caterpillar turned butterflySuri had few illusions about her future, except that the path before her was necessary She d always known that becoming a butterfly would come at a cost, but she d never dreamed there would be so many paymentsI looks like her journey is not done yet and that she will have an even bigger role to play in the upcoming story I m really just hoping my summer heart can take it.Gifford and Roan are absolutely hands down my favorite couple I absolutely love that MJS has taken two people so broken in different ways and put them together They are adorable and I think it is wonderful to see that not every marriage moves at the same pace or looks the same But the reader knows every moment what these two feel for each other.Tesh, his story is another that has brilliant moments of love with devastating moments of hate Bent of revenge and doing very well at it I might add, Tesh will have some big choices to make Become the monster he hates or give up his revenge for the girl he loves It is hard to know where that will fall, he definitely loves Brin but I m not sure that he loves her than he hates FhreyAnd that will fix everything, will it With a bitter fold of his lips, Tesh nodded It will fix a lot It will rid the world of a monster Brin shook her head No, it won t You ll only be trading one for another Tesh s eyes narrowed What are you talking about Revenge That s what you want, Tesh And revenge is contagious evil given for evil receivedThere are so many wonderful characters and plot lines happening that I m not sure how to tell you how great this series is MJS writes strong women, some are brilliant, some are wise, others are strong and one is magical but all are three dimensional, brave and fierce in their own ways and I love that about his books You don t need to have read the Riyria series at all to read Legends of the First Empire, both are fantastic all on their own, but I love knowing how the tale shifted over the centuries and seeing what it truly looked like The contrast is amazing Review copy was received from NetGalley This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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 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 than the rest Writing about writing is fun.The bad, or rather, the indifferent I just couldn t get into this book much I found my mind wandering a lot, never connecting or caring much about most of the happenings or the characters It might just be me or perhaps I m getting slightly burned out on the series.It s a shame I did enjoy quite a few parts of the previous tales, and this one has some pretty interesting, if very late, reveals that rallied my attention I m just not sure if I feel like it s worth it, tho Who knows Maybe the rather mythological new direction will appeal to a lot of ya ll. 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 That just kills me.Age of Legend has all the usual style and substance of Michael J Sullivan Excellent world building and thrilling plot points I also love so many of the characters They just complement one another so well Persephone takes a major back seat as this book is largely carried by Brin and Tesh among others The devotion between characters is truly touching as well.Age of Legend is a great book even if I m disappointed with the cliffhanger ending. 4.5 starsBeta read Jan to Feb 2019Gamma read April 2019Me 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 Brin and Tressa The characters really make the story, but there are still plenty of twists and surprises The ending was a real sock to the gut It really is a story of Legend Book Blog 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 books are following.Unlike the previous volumes, this one ends with a cliffhanger and there are questions raised than answers, but that makes the fifth installment even anticipated Can t detail without giving spoilers for the others, so I ll just say we get a fellowship of the ring sort of quest, Malcolm s identity is almost revealed, a god from Riyria makes an appearance, Tressa becomes an important piece of the puzzle and Suri gets challenged as never before Oh, and I am certain Fane Lothian name comes from loathe his brat s too Intrigued Don t miss this one.And if you need recaps for the first three books, here they are 4,5 starsI NEED AGE OF DEATH NOW 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 to remain with the other 5 star rated ones Myth and War.The book starts where Age of War ended and you all know had that ended and it tore up old wounds and I was hurting A LOT there s also bit of time jumps Though it was handled in a good way I still wasn t too fond of it, mostly because I don t like time jumps Plot is solid and I love the characters and the world Michael has created here Suri will forever remain my fave, I adore her so, so much also Suri and Auri from KKC would be the best friends and nothing can convince me otherwise I also adore Brin, Roan and Gifford a lot Then, HUGE cliffhanger I don t deal with cliffhangers well and this one still has me seething every time I think about the stuff we got left on Did I know it would end with a cliffhanger YES Michael even put a warning in the Author s Note I WAS STILL NOT PREPARED But you have been warned Big cliffhanger that will ruin you I took part in the Kickstarter Official release date is July 7th.There will be Kickstarters for Age of Death and Empyre too If you want to take part in those Michael is good at keeping updates on his website newsletter as well as here on GR 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 official publication, and those who have read the original Riyria books some of these spoilers won t come as a surprise Now this book definitely has a different feel than the other books in the Legends of the First Empire series Where as the first 3 books happened in relatively short time, this comes away with multiple time jumps but Michael does explain that in the Author s Note in the beginning of the book and some of the reasons behind it.But as with the prior books the War between the Rhunes and the Fhrey is in full swing The Battle of Granford is over and Fane Lothian has suffered a crushing defeat after the Raithe sacrificed himself to Suri in order to summon him back as a Gilarabrywn to bring destruction on the elven forces and force their retreat.Now it is time for Nyphron to lead the forces of the west in an offensive against the retreating elves But as with all wars nothing ever goes according to plans Engagements that often plan on taking days or weeks then turn into months and years.Relationships further bloom and those who you least expect to make a difference or even notice become those that will eventually hold the fate of all in their hands.And as with all wars scarifies are always to be found but they may not come in the form one suspects or sees coming And when gods meddle in the affairs of the worlds all bets are off.Now I have to wait for Age of Death later this year, because the cliffhanger at the end makes me want to just scream why 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 year after that, and there will be another five years time leap for the third and largest part of the book Without needing to go into too much detail and dragging the narrative, the three part story enabled the reader to appreciate how protracted the war was between the Rhunes and the Fhreys, before going into the portentous eventsWhat a strange treasure is innocence, a virtue to the old and a curse to the young, so highly prized but eagerly parted with the riches of beautiful skin traded for the wisdom of callusesEach chapter is once again preceded by an excerpt from the in world The Book of Brin, and the first being that of innocence lost after the first war between men and elves These excerpts in the previous books tended to almost give too much away about the probable events in the ensuing chapter In Age of Legend, however, they were obscured and provided of an impression or a feeling of what is to come, and I thought this was masterfully done Sullivan s writing has also improved so much since Riyria, but that ease of immersion that feels like a welcoming embrace is still ever present Reading a new book from him is akin to slipping into your favourite cosy sweater But lo and behold, what is this hidden pocket that you just discovered You may feel like you know Elan well, but you ll still be surprised by well crafted revelations about its lore and history that surface at all the right moments.Sullivan became one of my favourite authors with the Riyria series through his innate skill of creating and writing characters that feel like good, old friends that you would want to revisit time and again In the First Empire series, such intimate characterisation continues to be the hallmark of Sullivan s writing There are no shortages of empathetic, three dimensional characters, be it ones that you loved or despised One individual which I found so unlikeable in the earlier books became such a sympathetic character that you couldn t help rooting for her Then there was one whom I thought would be a beacon of honour, due to his legendary name, who turned out to be a viper fuelled by vindictive vengeance As much as I can understand his motivations, it unnerved and shocked me And I loved how Sullivan created real heroes from those whom you least expected Not heroes of might and magic, but of steadfast courage born of compassion and loyalty Squishy heart moments are aplenty in these booksThings that were obvious in the confines of the heart often failed to translate well when expressed through the inadequate filter of languageAs mentioned by the author, this next phase of the series is made up of a single overarching plot over the final three books As such, the plot did not progress as much as what we had in Age of War, which served as the first climax of the series However, there was not once throughout the book which I felt bored in the slightest The character development is so compelling and riveting that every moment and every page felt important What I enjoyed most about the First Empire series was getting the unvarnished account of the events and true heroes that shaped the legends that were told three thousand years later.Given that Age of Legend is past the midway point of the series, I prefer not to make any mention about the plot at this stage except that it is working its way to a showstopping finale in a most engaging manner Please note that this book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and I am thankful to know that the next two books are most likely to be released on an accelerated schedule I received an early copy of the ebook as a Kickstarter backer.You can purchase this book from US UK Book Depository Free shipping worldwideYou can also find this, and my other reviews at Novel Notions.