Age of Myth

Age of Myth

Book - 2016
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"Michael J. Sullivan's trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fantasy masters Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Now, Sullivan's stunning hardcover debut, Age of Myth, inaugurates an original five-book series--and one of fantasy's finest next-generation storytellers continues to break new ground. Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and the those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101965337
Branch Call Number: SULLIVA
Characteristics: xiii, 409 pages : map ; 24 cm

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forbesrachel Aug 09, 2017

Likable characters, a compelling storyline, and political upheaval on the horizon make Age of Myth a quick and enjoyable read to get through. There is a balancing problem between the characters-voices get lost as events happen only to reappear later-but we do know what they are doing. The world is built from European influences such as Scottish culture. This gives it a bit of different feel from many other Fantasy stories which include Faerie kind. The Fhrey are at a turning point, some have achieved a new level of "evolution" by attaining magical powers. But this has caused a division among them, not to mention with the Rhunes (the human race). The magically gifted have started to believe that they are gods, and everyone else is a lesser race. Thematically, the book touches on the ideas of power and hubris, civilization, and the animal vs. human intelligence debate. The first book only outlines these concepts though, hopefully later books will look at them in more depth. Sullivan does wrap up this books plot nicely, while setting up a storm for the next, so there is much to look forward to with this series.

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ZE1TGE15T
Dec 28, 2016

Wonderful, but not epically so

The author's note in the beginning laid out that this book was going to be awesome. I like how he said that the myths from Riryia's past wouldn't line up with history. Even characters in the Riryia chronicles and Riryia Revelations had thought those stories to be mis-told, which supports this theory. I was excited to see Persefone's character and Esrahaddon's. I like the idea he outlines in his intro, that everything was written at once, allowing him to weave things in between all books of this series. For that reason, I am very eager to get hands on the squeals in this series.

Right away I recognized the author's cutting edge writing style and humor. Malcolm and Raithe both remind me of Hadrian's humor and style. I was somewhat disappointed in the lack of length and depth of this novel. The pace seemed rushed in places. Some of the revelations in this book were awesome, but I think they would have been grander with more build up and backstory.

I was also disappointed in some of the similarities between this book and rival author's books. Minna the wolf seemed like she jumped right out of Game of Thrones. Also, some of the character concepts seemed alike to that of Game of Thrones as well. I feel as if there's a lot of outside interjection upon the author's writing, which can be good for some authors, but I get the feeling someone's intervening is cutting the originality and depth away from "Age of Myth".

Suri and Persephone were great characters. Overall, the book was very delightful. Stand alone... I wouldn't say this book is masterpiece. The Riryia books and the squeals yet to come add/will add depth to this. At the end of Age of Myth was a chapter from "Age of Swords". I wasn't exactly jazzed about this particular chapter. I'm excited for Age of swords, but also a bit weary.

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cottageunderh
Nov 12, 2016

WOW. So first, I admit I borrowed this book from my public library (woot woot go public library for their fantasy buying skills!), and I think it was towards the middle of the book that I was like: I NEED TO OWN YOU AGE OF MYTH. Yes yes, I bought the book. Let's break this down: I enjoyed ALL of the characters! Even the evil ones, and the supporting character ones, and of course the awesome hero characters! Why? Because they were all flushed out and unique and together they made the story and excited me enough to keep reading. That unfortunately doesn't happen for a lot of books, which means this one impressed me so much that I also bought "Theft of Swords." I also enjoyed the world, the descriptions of the different lands, environments that the characters lived in, and some of the cultures: the farmers versus the fighters, and the immortals (although really the long-lifers) versus the real (short-living) humans. Man, to pick a favorite character... I would have to go with Suri. Her spunk, her wolfie side-kick Mirra, and her dialogue was just awesome. (But of course Raithe, Malcolm, and Persephone, come in at close seconds... well maybe Malcolm...). :) Alrighty, so now I get to wait for book 2 to be published, but at least in the meantime I can read "Theft of Swords.

Loved this book. Just plain good fantasy. Ready for book 2.

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