Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3) by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3)

Rich in magic and adventure, Michael J. Sullivan’s soaring fantasy novels are masterworks of heroism, love, and sacrifice. Now, in Age of War, the epic battle between humankind and the cruel godlike beings who once ruled them finally ignites in all its fury.The alliance of humans and renegade Fhrey is fragile—and about to be tested as never before. Persephone keeps the human clans from turning on one another through her iron will and a compas...

Details Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3)

TitleAge of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Audiobook

Reviews Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire, #3)

  • Helen 2.0
    I have read all kinds of fantasy - urban, epic, YA, romance, you name it - and lots of it. This series has risen through the ranks of my favorites insanely fast. Age of Myth immediately ranked within my top ten. Age of Swords bumped the series up into my top five. Now... well. My top three are starting to fear for their place.I've never seen a fantasy ensemble cast rendered as beautifully as in this series. Even though each character is given onl...
  • TS Chan
    I received an advanced reading copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Michael J Sullivan, for this opportunity. 4.5 stars.Age of War marks a fine conclusion to the first act of the series, revealing the true story behind the legends spoken of in Riyria Revelations which was not all fairy tales, rainbows and butterflies.Before I start, let us take a moment to admire the stunning cover for Age of War by the one and only, ...
  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    Oh. My. Heart.
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart The tears are still in my eyes when I think of this book.  Dang you Michael J. Sullivan, dang you. Age of War encompasses all the emotions one would feel during a war.  Not everyone makes it through battles and some sacrifices are as beautiful as they are heartbreaking.This is a wonderful continuation to the story. It shows how incredibly invested I am in the characters, that even though I ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4 stars! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature. (Actually, you should check out this FanLit version of the review because it turned into a back and forth conversation between myself and Marion, another FanLit reviewer. It's worth reading, if I do say so myself!)All the resentments, cruelties, conspiracies and ambitions that have been simmering since Age of Myth (and even before) boil over and explode in Age of War, the third book in Michael J...
  • Audrey
    4.25 starsI was picked to be one of the “gamma” readers for this book, meaning I searched it for typos after the beta readers were done. I was so thrilled to get to do this. I read it with my proofreader’s brain rather than my reader’s brain. Sometimes I had to go back and start a part over because I accidentally got lost in the story instead of carefully looking at all the letters. I also swore on pain of death to not give away any spoil...
  • Chris
    I was given a beta-version ecopy of this book in exchange for honest, thorough feedback. Note that this is not the final version of the novel and might change significantly before it is published.But like I said with the beta reads of the first two books in this series, it shouldn't change that much. This baby is awesome as it is and will only need small tweaks and edits to put it in the same ballpark as the other books.Legends of the First Empir...
  • Terence
    The Fane and the Fhrey loyal to him intend to wipe out Nyphron, his followers, and all of humanity. Nyphron is preparing to use humanity to overthrow the Fane and take over the Fhrey. In order to do that Nyphron needs the keenig Persephone and he proposes marriage to her in order to gain control over humanity through her. Persephone, despite her feelings, seriously considers the proposal to protect her people from the wrath of the Fane. The Age o...
  • Bradley
    Legends of the First Empire, and specifically this book, is a solid epic fantasy fare. The focus is on characters, mostly, with the original two races in headlocks against each other. Pretty standard fare, really. Long-lived elfish versus the ignorant humes, add new technology of war after knocking the scales off the eyes and mix well. This particular novel combines friendly immortals with the struggling humes and a full ramp-up of the war includ...
  • Claudia
    Perfection. Simply amazing. It’s the best in this series and I enjoyed it to the max. I can say wholeheartedly that for me is on par with Heir of Novron, only with an added incentive: it doesn’t end the series; we still have three more forthcoming and they can’t be here soon enough.If in the previous parts I had a problem with the characters, it vanished now completely. Their development is complete and they fit into the story perfectly. It...
  • Kaitlin
    Note: I listened to this on audio so spellings may not be correct!Continuing the theme of really fun books in this series, I have to say I am not surprised that once again Sullivan has written a book I really liked. This is the third in the series, so I would recommend reading my first two reviews to find out more about the world and magic, but the shortened version is that this is the same setting as Hadrian and Royce's Riyria, but thousands of ...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    Book 1: 5*Book 2: 3.5*Book 3: 4.5*This one started out really slowly to the point where I thought it was going to be a book 2 repeat. MJS is great at character development but sometimes he gets too fixated on the microscopic details of the characters and forgets there's a story to tell. This being book 3 and given how much character building we saw the first two book coupled with this book's name I was waiting for an explosion not a tea party. Th...
  • Etel
    It took me a day to finish this highly anticipated new installment in a series that became one of my favourites from the first book. Although a fantasy addict, I am also a connoisseur with high demands and standards; world-building, characters, plot-twists, and a plethora of other essential parts making up an excellent book. And, Michael J. Sullivan keeps providing all of it, not shying away from exhibiting one of the most crucial trait of a wond...
  • Andreas
    Well this certainly was (mostly) depressing and heartbreaking. And incredibly entertaining. For me this was easily the best book in this series, so far. I'm sort of glad that the next book is months away. In the meantime I'll try to prepare for the, most likely, unavoidable and upcoming heartbreak.You can be very cruel sometimes, Michael. I love it.
  • Emily
    Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan*****4.5*****There are just too many feels going on right now for me to properly review this book. So much happened, and yet it felt like the book wasn't long enough. MJS punched me right in the gut, AGAIN! I had tears by page six, that's how you know the author is good!Age of War had a slow buildup to the action, which starts around Chapter fifteen and just keeps building from there all the way to the end. Charac...
  • Suzanne
    This installment was the most serious of the series so far. Our characters are established (and there aren't lots of new ones this time), and boy do they have some big obstacles to overcome - like how do the primitive humans fight the much more powerful Frey!? I loved the some of the character progression/reveals, and others just tore at my emotions. It is one of those books that now that I'm done, I'll need to pause and think for awhile :)
  • Thomas J. Benedict
    This one was SOOO GOOOOOD! Lots of action, just the stuff I like. Crazy stuff happened.2 of my favourite characters died. MICHEAL J SULLIVAN IS A MURDERER 😭.Highly recommend.
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum of War is the third book of The Legends of the First Empire series and it is aptly titled, given how things are heating up again after the slight slowdown we experienced in the previous installment. From my time with the Riyria Revelations, I’ve learned that Michael J. Sullivan is an author who likes to slowly and methodically build up a series arc, and though this st...
  • Marielle
    A review will follow when back home... Shed a little tear reading this. Cannot wait for the next installment!
  • Joe Brown
    Outstanding! Bring on Age of legend
  • Michael Britt
    5 freaking stars! But I’ve yet to give a single one of Sullivan’s books less than 5 stars, so take my eventual review with that in mind. I don’t rate many books objectively, and that goes double for any of this authors books lol. Review to come!
  • C.P. Cabaniss
    "Dragons only kill you; Gilarabrywns break your heart." In many respects this is probably the best yet of the Legends of the First Empire series. For anyone who has read the Riyria books, this has some great little connections that make it even more enjoyable. If you haven't read Riyria yet, it won't ruin anything for you. The characters are excellent, as usual. Raithe and Suri continue to be some of my favorites, but Tesh really starts to shine ...
  • Pam
    So I just finished my ARC of Age of War. Halfway through the first chapter I had already grinned from ear to ear & got misty eyed. Before it was over I had laughed out loud several times & straight up boo-hooed twice. I was angry & hopeful & happy & heartbroken. And VERY desperate for more. The author grabs you & takes you Elan to show you that real heroes don't always look like heroes & some that look like heroes are really manipulating cowards....
  • Barry Mulvany
    That was one hell of a roller-coaster of a book. We start off pretty much where we finished in Age of Swords, and basically the whole book is set in Alon Rhist. Since it's the third book I can't really go into too many plot details as it would be spoilers for the previous but all the POV's basically stay the same with an addition of one or two I think. I'm still a big fan of Persephone as she feels very realistically written. She's a bit older an...
  • Tammie
    "Heroes are those who refuse to create or become victims. I failed to see it then, but I lived among many heroes. I think maybe everyone does." --THE BOOK OF BRIN In this third book of the Legends of the First Empire series our heroes are lamenting losses, but also preparing for war. Quite a few of them are hit with some pretty tough choices in this book. Persephone in particular did some things that I didn't like at all. I understood the reason...
  • Skylar Phelps
    4.5 Stars!MJS continues to be one my favorites. He’s a true tale spinner and I just like the way the guy writes. His stories are Tolkien-esque with a mildly modern spin. He takes classic tropes that would normally turn me off from a book and somehow makes me enjoy them very much. Most of all, his stories are effectively emotional, which is hard to find in adult modern fantasy.Age of war, I will say was quite a bit slower than I expected. The ti...
  • Diana Stormblessed
    So many feelz. Need to process.
  • kartik narayanan
    Age of War is an excellent book in an already great series. It is a typical Michael J. Sullivan creation - brilliant characters, writing that touches you in your soul and a plot of epic proportions but seen from an individual perspective. There is nothing more to say. A lot of the main characters reach the end of their arc. There is tragedy and heartbreak. There is heroism and happiness. Familiar tropes are turned on their head (the ending comes ...