Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)

In Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched readers on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without—and bitter rivalries within.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 a com...

Details Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)

TitleAge of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)
Release DateJul 25th, 2017
PublisherDel Rey Books
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    UPDATE: In Audible US sale 12/26/18FREAKING YES! NETGALLEY, YOU CAME THROUGH FOR ME AGAIN! Although, I already know I'm going to buy the hardback when the price lowers a little like I did the first book =)Michael J. Sullivan is an amazing author. I love his books and I still have some of his books to finish. I'm really loving this series, but I did cry because I didn't like one thing that happened. =( Although, who knows what might happen next th...
  • Emma
    5+stars. LOVED it! I thought this was even better than Age of Myth, but as I've already given that 5 stars, there's nowhere higher to go with the rating.. Michael J Sullivan is the man with a Plan- each book has its own arc within the series arc and it shows. MIchael has said that he writes a whole series before he publishes the first one so that the whole story works well and has no inconsistencies- and it works!This story is rousing and will ma...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.1.) Age of Myth ★★★★★ “Every life is a journey filled with crossroads. And then there are the bridges, those truly frightening choices that span what always was, from what will forever be. Finding the courage, or stupidity, to cross such bridges changes everything.” It hurts my heart, but I didn't love this one as much as I loved Age of Myth! It was still...
  • Nicole
    Welcome to the fastest evolution ever. From the discovery of pockets and wheels to writing (that’s not even half of it but I lost track eventually), these few weeks changed the course of history. Sometimes you see a painting that is too polished, too perfect, to the point that it loses its essence. Have you ever read a book that felt this way? I know I’ve never read such book before Age of Swords. It was too refined and I think that’s becau...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Storm clouds have been gathering since the events of Age of Myth, the first book in Michael J. Sullivan‘s new epic fantasy series, LEGENDS OF THE FIRST EMPIRE. The Fhrey (elves) have been feeling threatened by the Rhunes (humans) ever since the Rhunes shifted from a nomadic lifestyle to a more settled one, with crops and flocks of animals as well as hunting. Their population started exploding, a...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    ★✩A solid 4 ‘call me Fhreyhyndia’ stars✩★I loved Age of Myth. It was on my top 5 fantasy reads of 2016 (I read over 150 fantasy books so that is an accomplishment.). This is a really good story and I enjoyed most of it, even the parts that broke my heart a little or a lot, but I didn’t love it quite as much as the first book of the series. That isn’t to say it wasn’t still a fantastic follow up to Age of Myth. It would have been...
  • TS Chan
    4.5 stars. Age of Swords is a great sequel in developing the characters that I've grown to love in Age of Myth. I could appreciate why the author named this as his favourite book of the series, even at this early stage. Every author should be fond of the characters that they have created, and writing that one book that brought most growth had to be the most fulfilling. Age of Swords demonstrated what usually occurs when the bonds of subjugation s...
  • Helen 2.0
    We all know that one person who is kind, good-looking, talented, socially skilled, just has everything. And we want to love that person and be happy for him/her, because he/she is perfect and flawless. We try - but a twinge of envy gets in the way and we end up half-admiring, half-sulking in his/her company. Age of Swords is that person to me. The characters work so well together, the plot is planned out so perfectly, the story fits together seam...
  • Choko
    *** 4.65 ***A buddy read with my Fantasy Friends @ BB&B! Because we love awesome Fantasy:):):)The thing about this series is that once you read the first book, you know you have entered a magical world and you don't want to leave it! No, it is not that everyone there lives happily ever after, or that all is rainbows and chocolate ice-cream with strawberries. Quite the opposite. The world is beautiful, but harsh and the lives of the Humans, called...
  • Bradley
    This one definitely picks up better than the first of the Legends, in my opinion. There was something about the characters that drew me in more than before. In fact, it's basically the characters that drive everything here. :)The basic story of rebellion, arming for war, training for war, and just getting the tools they need to do a good job of it is pretty much omnipresent. As a standard fantasy fare, it's full of the elves, the dwarves, and the...
  • Haïfa
    Actual rating : 3.5 starsARC provided by the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.Note 1: The quotes in this review are taken from the ARC edition and may change in the published edition.Note 2: I'm definitely on the unpopular opinion side here. So if you don't agree with me, you can drop a comment and we can discuss it :) Note 3: I just realized that the title was PERFECT ! It couldn't have been more appropriate :') “Los...
  • Esme
    If you liked Riyria Chronicles/Revelations, if youve read and enjoyed Age of Myth you absolutely have to get Age of Swords. This book wont be available until July 25th, but the lovely and generous u/michaeljsullivan sent me the ebook in advance! This book starts off with a bang, right away in the first few pages shit is going down. This is not a "slow start" or "slow burn" kind of book, so if youre looking for a book to catch you from the first c...
  • Philip
    4.25ish stars. In a lot of ways this has so many of the same "traditional" elements shared by other traditional fantasy novels, it would be easy for it to seem derivative. However, in a lot of ways, it's written so solidly it still manages to justify its existence. It's kind of cool that it's set in such a primitive age, even with the silly, implausible anachronisms used for the sake of character and plot development. I mean it's cool that Roan c...
  • Michael Britt
    EDIT: Find this review and more like it here.Wow! I really, really enjoyed this book. But part of that had to do, I think, with knowing exactly what to expect. So even though this is a 5 star book to me, I will be addressing some things that I felt were valid complaints. Despite these "complaints", I thoroughly enjoyed it.Well, there's not really much I can say about the plot without spoilers, so I'll say this: this is basically a book where ever...
  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    Age of Swords continues the journey MJS started us on with Age of Myth. As the second book in the series I was not sure what to expect and the few glances I spared at some early reviews did nothing to lessen my fears with calls of slow pacing and a lot of setting up of the story for future books.Fortunately, I can happily say this was not the case for me at all. In fact, the book started off with a bang and I could not put it down. At least not u...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    Wow! And I thought Book One was good. I just turned the last page on this second book of the “Legends of the First Empire” series and feel blown away! It’s the best feeling I’ve had when finishing an epic fantasy novel in quite some time. Of course, this series is a prequel series to the much-loved Riyria books (Revelations and Chronicles), set 3000 years before those. To quote the author’s blog about book one, ”Age of Myth is a small...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    3.5*'sYou know going into an MJS book that it's going to be character driven not action but still I thought after reading book one that book two the story would pick up it's pace. His writing style allowed me to enjoy this book but at times I would think why did we just spend two paragraphs talking about a character's love of twine or something else benign. I get the author wanting you to know the characters intimately and that's his strength but...
  • Tammie
    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 a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Screaming trees, murderous lightning, fearsome giants and giant killers. Metal-clad dwarfs. Terrifying face-eating raows. A vast cavern across the sea plays host to monsters and secrets. The dirty unkempt individual who stares fixedly at The Door - is it true wisdom he imparts or merely inane prattle? Vows versus promises. Who can be trusted and who will betray?There is no character, good or ...
  • Jenna Kathleen
    Michael J. Sullivan's stories get better and better with each book he writes. 5 fantastic stars for Age of Swords. One of the things I love about MJS and his books is that he releases them in a very timely manner. While I don't hold a grudge against authors who release books every 5 years or more (I have plenty to read anyway), I love when an author sticks to their release schedule as closely as possible and lets their fans know what is going on ...
  • Terence
    After the destruction of Dahl Rhen by the Fhrey, Persephone sets out to call a council of all Rhune Chieftains in order to appoint a keenig to lead them in the inevitable war with the Fhrey. When the council attempts to make Raithe the keenig he refuses. He believes the fight is unwinnable because of the Rhunes pitiful weapons. Persephone makes a pact with three Dwarves that's she's met to help them rid their home of a giant in exchange for Dherg...
  • Chris
    My review and rating are based on the beta version of this book; the final published edition will likely be changed a bit.But that said, it doesn't really need a lot of changes. I'm looking forward to reading and comparing the final version, but this is pretty awesome right now on its own. Fans of Age of Myth have a treat coming out next summer. This book delivers more of what made the first one great, and moves it up a notch.Favorite characters ...
  • ~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
    Read this review and listen to the podcast discussion at Book Geeks Uncompromised.Age of Swords continues the story of the human Rhunes as they prepare themselves to confront a foe that they once believed to be gods.First off, this was certainly a worthy sequel to Age of Myth.One thing that can definitely be said for this series is that Michael J Sullivan can certainly write well-rounded female characters. In a lot of books it can sometimes seem ...
  • Skylar Phelps
    4.5 Stars!I had been really excited to read this book for quite some time! So much so that I preordered a signed and dedicated copy from the author. And... I loved it!If you haven't read Michael J. Sullivan, please do so immediately. I've said it before but his books are a delight to read. Age of swords was satisfying to me. The characters are very good and the story itself is marvelous. The world is intricate and the plot is complex enough to ho...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Many thanks to Michael J. Sullivan, Del Rey Publishing, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Sullivan continues the saga, opening Swords with a BANG. The Rhunes, as always, are survivors, but this time, with the help of the Dherges (or dwarves), their society develops in leaps and bounds. On the other side of things the Fhreye continue to look down their noses at the Rhune civilization and plan to snuff...
  • Mark Halse
    Meh. I've got some mixed feelings about this book and series. Sullivan is a great writer but this series just isn't hitting the spot for me.The first problem is with the characters. The characters I care most about have small POVs or are just side characters. The spotlight seems to be mostly on women and the disabled doing awesome things which isn't a bad thing. It just didn't interest me much. The only exception for me was Mawyndule's POV which ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum six books in total now planned for The Legends of the First Empire series and four more left on the docket, it’s understandable that we have to pace ourselves. That may explain why I found Age of Swords to be on the slower side in comparison to its predecessor Age of Myth, which still holds a slight edge for being the more enjoyable book. That said, this was still ...
  • C.P. Cabaniss
    *I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* "I have always worshiped heroes in stories. I had no idea I was surrounded by them." This was a solid follow-up from Age of Myth. While all of our favorites from the previous book are still here (and still important), this novel delves more deeply into some of the peripheral characters from book one. And I was really glad to get to see more of them. Roan is prob...
  • Mikheil
    "Age of swords" has everything I like fantasy genre for. Best fantasy book I've read in 2017.