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
Number of pages512 pages
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fiction

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

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    FREAKING 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 that will make me happy =)I love pret...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4 solid stars! The Fhrey (aka elves) send magic + giants to attack the Rhune (humans), who are forced to pull up their roots and gather together. The Dherg, aka Belgriclungreians (nevermind, dwarves) get involved as well(view spoiler)[, in a supreme mix of awfulness and (mostly unintended) helpfulness (hide spoiler)]. It was great to see several characters rise to the occasion when trouble came, though I have to say that I thought Roan's level of...
  • 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...
  • 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 had read such book before Age of Swords. It was too refined and I think that’s b...
  • 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...
  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    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...
  • 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...
  • TS Chan
    4.5 stars. If this was a one-sentence review, all I would say is that I am so glad that I don't have to wait another 12-13 months for the next book. Age of Swords was a great sequel in developing the characters that I've grown to love from Age of Myth. I can see why MJS named this as his favourite book of the series even at this early stage. I believe every author should be fond of the characters that they have created and writing that one book t...
  • 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...
  • Haïfoun
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Audrey Hammer
    I won an early copy of this book, post arc-status.This is a really solid continuation of the story begun in Age of Myth. So if you enjoyed the first one, you'll easily enjoy this one. If you did not like the first one, then you may not care for this, either.The book starts with a bang, which leaves the humans recognizing the need to unite in a fight against the elves. These are very primitive people who have been living in small tribes. They are ...
  • 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...
  • Claudia
    Another great ride by now my favorite storyteller. :)This second part, like the first one in the series, is a coming of age story and consists mostly of world building. Rhunes, now facing the war with the Fhrey, start to evolve from being primitive to a somewhat more developed race. We get to know more of how the world is constructed and more of Elan’s inhabitants are being introduced to the story – Dhergs, Grenmorians and Raow. We also learn...
  • MsArdychan
    Please Note: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a sweeping tale of discovery in a mythical time. The characters, story, and Bronze Age setting make this a highly entertaining second installment. Can book three please come out soon?----------------------------------------------...
  • Shay Williams
    First of all, I must disclose that Mr. Sullivan is one of my favorite fantasy authors and I will forever be in love with Royce. I was a bit concerned about reading another series set in the same world with no Royce but I shouldn't have worried. My new heroes are instead the strong women who see what need to be done and go do it while all the men are beating their chests about just who is going to be in charge during this war. Persephone, Roan, Br...
  • Veronica
    This follow up to last year's Age of Myth finds the central characters inching ever closer to an all out war with the powerful Fhrey. It's an entertaining tale in the model of a lighter and uncomplicated fantasy story but, as such, was fairly predictable.
  • Avery
    See more of my reviews on my blog the Book DeviantI would like to thank the people at Del Rey for allowing me to have an ARC of this book via NetGalley.Going into these books, the first thing to know is that they're written like what they are--an epic fantasy novel series meant to be long, winding, entrancing stories. Age of Swords reminiscent of it's predecessor, in which it took a good quarter of the novel for the story to pick up pace. At ...
  • Suzanne
    I think I enjoyed this even more than book one, perhaps because I've already met many of the characters. In this second book, Persephone attempts to unite the people of Rhune - a difficult task since they have been enemies for centuries. She is a strong character, but I like her friends even more. There are some funny parts, and one part in particular made me cry. We also meet another race, and learn more about the politics of all three races. I ...
  • Bam
    Book two in The Legends of the First Empire fantasy series continues right where book one left off (Age of Myth) and begins with a deadly attack engineered by the Fhrey to get revenge for the killing of Gryndal, the First Minister to Fane Lothian, the ruler of the Fhrey. Reminiscent of the great works of fantasy, the story is peopled with dwarfs, elves, giants, mages and warring clans of humans. But what sets Michael Sullivan's story apart are th...
  • Ayman Teaman
    **Summary (Beta Copy)** Rating: 5.0A solid sequel that is better in terms of characterization, overall plot, and excitement.It comes with what usual Michael staples: 'easy to read', 'can not help but love all the characters', 'excellent ending'. If you enjoyed the first book, you are in for a treat! Michael elevates many of the characters into a whole new level, that by the time I had to put the book down, I was sad to say a temporary goodbye to ...
  • Lucille
    4,75/5 because there are just a few minor things that are keeping me from giving it 5. But O M G this was amazing, I love the characters and I cried twice. I've already started writing my review and will be posting it by the end of the month!
  • Donna
    I have had such anticipation for this book. I even had it pre-ordered on Audible. I love this author and I love his stories. This book was a solid 4 stars for me. It is the second book in the Legends of the First Empire series. I read the first book in January and I dubbed it as the best book I'd read this year. So far that is still true.What a fun day I had reading this one. I liked it....a lot, but I think I liked the first one a little more. O...