Age of Swords

Age of Swords

Book Two of the Legends of the First Empire

eBook - 2017
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Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess render them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid—a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan where waits an ancient adversary as fearsome as it is deadly.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781101965375
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive


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Nov 05, 2018


Oct 31, 2017

This is now my favorite book of all time.

Sep 05, 2017

Well written. Another great Sullivan novel.

There were some different races, creatures and tribes in this novel. Dwarves (Belgruntians?), Elves (Fhrey), and Rhunes (Humans). You mostly follow a ragtag band comprised from a mix of them.

There were some great analogies. I saw a lot in the writing that reflects the fears/struggles of American life. The Fhrey perspective of Mawyandule reminded me very much of a person facing/being part of a racist group. Interestingly, this book became available to me just after the recent Charlottsville standoff. So the author is writing what issues are relevant (maybe even prophetically so), but within his fantasy realm.

Some of his analogies and metaphors are magnificent. When characters would voice what happens to a leaf after it falls into water, or maybe a caterpillar's transformation, it is done so elegantly and it blends perfectly into the story. He chose some good ones too. Even just the short simple ones, like a character wanting to strangle a dwarf with it's own beard. Sullivan has made what would normally be mundane parts of story into rich atmospheric beauty, keeping you very entertained.

In this prequel, you begin to see pieces of lore that became later discovered in the original trilogy. It was really awesome to see how things came to be.

I was expecting more battle scenes. I really enjoyed Sullivan's combat writing and how he explained the techniques and strategic understandings of the battlefield. Though there was less of that in this novel, it certainly didn't mean there was lacking of excitement.

One point I could criticize most was a few small plot holes. So, basically Persefone and her group are traveling south to unite the Rhunes and to build defenses against the Fhrey. What didn't make sense is that characters would leave from the home front responsibility to go on this fun quest in the Dherg land. I still enjoyed this part of the story, but I can't see how any of the characters rationalized that thinking, let alone how it all worked out. Though, I don't know...the Rhunes were pretty dumb.

The ending gave me goosebumps and had me welling up. Good job Michael J. Sullivan. I look forward to the sequels.

Aug 22, 2017

It's hard to write a review when half of you feels that this book was better than the first... and the other half says NO!-- how can book 2 top book 1?! Very few series can pull it off. This is a book that made me laugh in a lot of places and cry for a good day and a half in others. But you know, a good cry.... maybe.... The one thing I was most impressed with was the band of strong intelligent women. I could write more on how this is awesome and more awesome but I don't want to spoil anything. Now I just have to decide how soon is too soon to reread it... :)


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