Regular price: $34.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2016 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2016 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7,262
  • 4 Stars
    2,450
  • 3 Stars
    453
  • 2 Stars
    114
  • 1 Stars
    83

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7,924
  • 4 Stars
    1,469
  • 3 Stars
    257
  • 2 Stars
    55
  • 1 Stars
    56

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6,658
  • 4 Stars
    2,367
  • 3 Stars
    488
  • 2 Stars
    120
  • 1 Stars
    89
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Stop what you are doing and buy this book.

Any additional comments?

Let me start by saying that I read a lot of fantasy books. I read a lot of books period. We are at the end of June and I have finished nearly 70 books this year. That being said AGE OF MYTH IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. It is already one of my favorite books ever. Oh and the last few chapters are an absolute roller coaster ride, and I didn't want to get off.
Michael J Sullivan is such an amazing storyteller. He does such a brilliant job painting a picture of this world and these people. Not only that but the story is fresh and unique. I read so many stories that just seem to be a slight deviation of the same old story. This book is not like that. If you want to read a book full of adventure and deceit with strong male and female characters, but not full of violence and sex, this is the perfect book for you.
I had just finished a book right before this came out so I was able to start listening the morning it was released. I couldn't put it down. I just had to keep listening. It was so good and I was so invested in the story. Have you ever had a meal that was so good you just couldn't stop eating? As you get closer to finishing the meal you realize that it is almost gone and you won't have anymore, so you want to slow down and savor each bite. Maybe you will leave a little piece so you can enjoy it later. But it is just to good, you can't help yourself. You finish every last bite. You are completely satisfied, but down deep you are sad because it is gone forever, you may be able to eat it again but it may never be this good again. That is how I feel about this book. It was so good I didn't want to stop reading, but I kept getting closer to the end and I was panicking because I didn't want the story to end. Thank goodness their is a series that is already written. I don't have to worry that the next book will be years away, or possibly never released. Their are 4 more books in this series and I can't wait to see where this all ends up.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is a brilliant narrator. I have never heard him do a sub par job on a book and he was brilliant reading this one. He does such a great job with emotion and communicating the feelings and emotions of the characters. I can't think of a better author/narrator team than Reynolds and Sullivan.
Simply put this book is a must read especially for fans of epic fantasy. Let's see how this series plays out but if the rest of the series lives up to Age of Myth, this series will be a masterpiece.
Age of Myth gets my highest recommendation.

353 of 375 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sullivan Takes Us Far Far Away

There are so many wonderful things about this work, its hard to gather my thoughts. Perhaps I should start with a personal note. It made me feel part of a new world. Fiction, particularly great Fantasy can do that. Sullivan may not be another Tolkien, but he doesnt try to be. His writing is modern, clever and relevant.

Second, the combination of Sullivan's story telling and its interpretation by narrator Tim Reynolds creates an audible masterpiece. Wit and humor require timing when performed and these two are a perfect combination.

The story's timeline is set 3000 years before the Ryira Chronicles occur. Though the characters are far different, Sullivan's wit and flair will be familiar to fans of both Ryira series. And Sullivan explains in the opening that he wrote a completed series before publishing the first. So those of us who love his work will not have to wait as long for additional stories.

Age of Myth is a pure joy to behold.

95 of 106 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A great look at the past and a good start.

Some of us read Michael's other books and were interested in what happened in the early years of the empire. It was kind of odd listening to this book since I believed that I knew at least a good amount of what happened before, but there are actually many surprises. I am waiting for certain things to happen that i guessed from reading the authors other books. This book does start out a bit slow, but it is worth it in the end. There are a couple twists that I was dumbfounded that I did not see. The only gripe I really had with this book is that some of the romance in it seems like it will become annoying in later books. If you are looking for a new fantasy book though, this one is a good one to start with.

57 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

I Tried to Love This Book, Really I Did!

I mean, after all, it's Michael J. Sullivan for heaven's sake!
But hear me out.
First, it starts off slow, is totally put-downable, which knocked a star off a "Perfect" rating. Then it has the typical characters: Wise Waif, Strong Woman, Ultra-Strong Man Who Just Wants Someone to Love, and of course, The Snarky Sidekick. Oh, wait. There's The True Believer Who Learns She's Been Wrong and Becomes the Greatest Advocate. But I was easily able to drop what would've been eye-rolling because Sullivan writes them very well, and I cared about them.
Then... there is no tension anywhere. Sure, they get into some terrific scrapes and situations, but there's absolutely no fear about how things are going to turn out for our heroes. Okay, so I was willing to go along with that. Perhaps the first book is just for set-up: We're learning to love the characters so that in FUTURE books, THEN we'll feel the tension and fear. Besides. while I learned that things were always going to go okay (This is not a spoiler. The writing bears it out from the get-go), I did wonder HOW things were going to twist themselves around so that they would turn out okay, and that kept me humming along.
But the last straw was the 180 degree twist in the last five minutes. The LAST FIVE Minutes of the entire book. What I guess Sullivan was going for was the twist that'll make you antsy to see what the heck just happened. Things get so weird, it was exactly the first and only twist in the entire book, that I was quite simply offended. Make me want to get the next book because I care, because there's more story, because I spent two days listening to wonderful plot and characterization. NOT because I'm wondering: What?!? Total manipulation.
I don't know if that's his style as I have his other books but haven't gotten around to listening to them, but now I'm not sure that I want to do that to myself. I'm a fan of his, simply because his premises are so wonderful, his promise of characters sure to be memorable is so compelling.
But really? This?!?
Falling on deaf ears, I know, and an unpopular review, most definitely. I'm just saying it's a disappointing start to what might be a decent series.

245 of 283 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The True History of Elan---Is Incredible!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Abso-freaking-lutly. The narration is on point as always with TGR and the Story was amazing. Whether you're first entering Elan or if you've read/listened to his previous series, this is for you. I cannot recommend this enough

What other book might you compare Age of Myth to and why?

Shannara Chronicles, would be a good fit. Both have Human, Elf/Fhrey, and Dwarf relations, the differences, similarities etc.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

Raithe and Malcolm, and Suri were my favorites. The banter and interaction between Raithe and Malcolm is different than Royce and Hadrian's but just as fun to listen too. Suri is just completely upbeat and fun. She steals every scene she's in

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nesirabad!Finish the book and you'll get it.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who DID read the previous books, know this. Sullivan states in the first chapter (Kind of a note to the reader) That the legend of Nefron, the battle with the Fhrey, and the history of Elan was purposefully distorted for that series. This is the beginning of the True History of Elan not what it eventually becomes. My only issue is that, although Michael Sullivan writes all the books at once and sets them out a year at a time and not all at once so I can Binge like a Netflix Original Series

50 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A great story from Michael J. Sullivan.

What did you love best about Age of Myth?

Michael J. Sullivan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He is a great story teller and has an amazing knack for bring out the personalities of his characters. The story was engaging, fast paced, and at the same time showcased the triumph of the human spirit against overwhelming odds. The exceptional writing skills of Michael J. Sullivan are wonderfully brought to life with the incredible voice of Tim Gerard Reynolds, who is one of the best narrators I have listened to. He brings such life to the story and represents the characters so uniquely, at times it is hard to believe it is the same voice. He is a master story teller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Age of Myth?

I don't want to spoil the many memorable moments in this story but I will say the final confrontation in the Rune village is epic!

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

He is simply one of the best narrators I have listened to. He does such a great job with character distinction, his accents and voice control make each character 3 dimensional. He is a master story teller.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, At times I would take the long way to work just to extend my listening time.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend anything written by Michal J. Sullivan or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Familiar but Unique

I'm not sure if 3000 years separation between events constitute a different world or not. The Ryeria books happen 3000 years after the events of this series. Sullivan brings a familar bantering tone to character interactions. There's some sword fighting, political maneuvering, outrageous tale telling and a solid storyline that moves forward steadily. This series also brings magic...or the "art"...and rather than window dressing, it plays a role in plot development.

Most importantly, this book is downright fun! if I understood correctly, this is a 5 volume series which is already written in its entirety. (author note at beginning) Next book is scheduled to be released Summer 2017 (see end of recording) I wish the release schedule would be faster, but it won't keep me from the rest of the books.

Get the book and settle in for some fun

29 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding

Magnificent read as we fans expected... The story is beautifully layered and woven w plot elements that continue asking questions that are answered w/ some seriously action packed consequences... The pace is excellent and had me gobbling up the story in one complete sittin... Very tired now, but absolutely worth it... The characters and narration are nothing short of superior, w/ intensity and adventure leaking out everywhere... An outstanding book that only gets better as the engaging story ramps up, and it ramps up constantly... The last quarter or so of the book has some masterfully accomplished twists and turns - just when you think you have a handle on things, you're wrong, or at least not entirely right;). Worth the credit and I can't wait for the next relese in this sequence...

61 of 75 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Even better than expected!

3.5 happy stars for this intriguing story, and I will read the sequel. AGE OF MYTH takes place 3000 years before the two Riyria series (Revelations and Chronicles). Because I'd read Riyria, I already understood many concepts and names, so this book was easy enough to follow. I'd recommend reading at least the Riyria Revelations first, so the mysteries, plot twists, and unveiled secrets remain a fun surprise for the reader.

I alternately read this on kindle and listened to the audiobook. Superb narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds. There's a helpful glossary in the book. There are high resolution maps online. However, in this book's new map, what I see as the Ulum River is labeled the Bernum River — or something is out of sorts when compared with the old Riyria map of Elan. Too many rivers?

I'd rate the contents PG or PG 13. No sex. Minimal cursing with only mild expletives. There is a brief reference to gay lovers (Arion and Celeste). The violence is sometimes gruesome, especially scenes involving the man-eating bear, but I doubt it would inspire nightmares.

I was fairly engrossed. Particularly enjoyed Suri the Mystic and her wolf Minna. The bear made for a good scare, and added a feeling of suspense and mystery.

Some Conections to Riyria Revelations:
We see Mawyndulë when he was a spoiled young prince of 25 years, and meet some of his teachers / advisors. We visit the ancient elven city of Estramnadon, where the Fhrey Fane sits on a throne of trees, and where a sacred "Door" remains a mystery. We also meet the original "Cenzlyor" and Nyphron /Nevron the warrior Fhrey, leader of the Instarya Tribe, and Persephone, for whom the legendary city of Percepliquis was named (also the title of book 6 in Riyria, in Heir of Novron). I kept looking for Yorik the philosopher elf (maybe I found him) and the feather-collecting god Erebus / Kale (I have my suspicions, but no evidence).

This book also brought to mind Riyria Chronicles: The Death of Dulgath. Nysa Dulgath, when telling Royce her ancient personal story, described Brin as a legend, almost worshipped. Brin is a strong secondary character here, plus each chapter begins with an excerpt from Brin's memoirs, as Keeper of Ways. We also see the ancient elven tower Ervanon that Royce and Hadrian climb in Riyria Chronicles: The Crown Tower.


Why not 5 stars? See below:

The occasional intrusion of modern slang in the dialogue diminishes the feeling of an "other" place and time, at least for me. Across Sullivan's work, words like "anywho" and "hello" and "dad" or "daddy" jerk me out of the ancient days feeling.

Apart from the occasional modern dialogue, the writing is solid, and the style suited the story well enough. However, the name Persephone distracted me. It doesn't sound like the other clan names (Brin, Maeve, Raithe, Mora, Sarah) and pulled me constantly into Greek mythology. That's just how my mind works.

Characterization fell a little flat: Persephone is clearly the main protagonist of this book, and I grew to understand and admire her, as well as Suri the Mystic and to some extent Arion the Fhrey Mage. However, some characters felt somewhat like caricatures, especially the villain Gryndal. I think there were just too many half-baked key characters — half a dozen — plus strong secondary characters like Moya, Brin, Maeve, Konniger, etc. Nephron's characterization is oddly fuzzy. Most likely the author intends to solidify these characters in the sequels.

It generally isn't a problem for me that there are discrepancies between this book and the history we heard in Riyria. That's how history goes. However, in Heir of Novron: Percepliquis, a Mirilyth (mage) creates an entire feast apparently out of nothing, while in this book, they cannot manifest creation. Arion made that clear several times.

Use of teasers: At the end there is a sudden twist involving Nyphron and another key character. It occurred in the last few pages of the book and felt disconnected, disjointed, and forced. Better to save it for the sequel and give it some nuance and texture.

Another teaser: All the stuff with the Door and Trilos and Gryndal (and the section with Curator Imaly) felt like digressions, going nowhere. I wonder if most of that should have also waited for the sequel, particularly because it forced some disjointed changes in POV. But not a big deal.

Quibbles aside, I am enjoying this continuation of the mythology that began in the Riyria series and look forward to book two, Age of Swords. As others have said, I wish we didn't have to wait a year, but I wouldn't want to rush the writing process either.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

M. J. Sullivan is my favorite modern author but...

In this one Sullivan takes a little too much time introducing the characters and locations in the world. I was a little bored at times and I imagine this five part series could have been pared down to 4 books.

There are some great moments in this book but there is NEVER a dull moment in the Riyria Revelations and the Riyria Chronicles. I'm sad to say there are a few here.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is perfect for this book and he does a masterful job of the narration.

Sullivan remains my favorite author and so of course I will be buying the next book. But I have to say this one (and Hollow World) didn't meet my very high expectations. His own fault I guess for being so amazing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lulu
  • 07-15-16

A Very Enjoyable Mystical Read

This book grips you from the first page. You can roughly figure out where the story's headed but in no way predict how it'll get there! At every juncture you will be filled with lots of questions but continually satisfied with the ongoing story. You can tell that there is a lot more of the story to come, to be told but you'll never be left wanting. I actually thought to myself how glad I was that all the key characters were undermined because it meant the absence of full scale and multiple battles on multiple fronts. I think the series has been written in this way in order for us to absorb all the intricacies at each stage of the story which promise to be relevant much later in the series. That said, there is sufficient action, humour, mysteries and conspiracies to keep you engaged from start to finish (and when you do reach the finish line of this book, you'll immediately feel and know that the journey's just begun!!).
The narrator is one of my favourites so no doubt, he gets full marks from me!!
I desperately look forward to the next book in this series!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tarnjit
  • 07-09-16

Winning combinations...

Having enjoyed the stories about Hadrian and Royce I was extremely pleased that Sullivan has kept up his own high standards of storytelling, pace and character chemistry in the start of this new series. On top of that I'm even happier that Reynolds continues to perform for these audio books. He has a great range from sensitive to humorous to dark reflecting what the characters are experiencing as well as what is going on. Looking forward to listening to the rest of these.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mads
  • 07-09-16

Sullivan + Reynolds = Gold

Would you consider the audio edition of Age of Myth to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version as I only listen to audibooks lately, due to detteriorating eyesight.

What other book might you compare Age of Myth to, and why?

This one is hard.. It's quite different from other works by Sullivan, even though it's the same narrator. I feel like it has a slight resemblance in pacing to The Lies of Locke Lamora. ( http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Lies-of-Locke-Lamora-Audiobook/B004K4EMHE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468025799&sr=1-1 )
Though the plot is quite different. The portrayal of characters and humor resemble in part what I loved in The Cycle of Arawn. ( http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/The-Cycle-of-Arawn-Audiobook/B00W8DHWPS/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1468025917&sr=1-1 )
Though so far it's less... Visceral, less brutal. With kinder characters. It doesn't help to sepperate the two that they're performed by the same person.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

Giffard. Don't know if I'm spelling that correctly, but he's.. Fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The scene involved Giffard and a woman. It was.. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Made me sit down and write this review.

Any additional comments?

VERY different from the other books Sullivan has written, yet in a good way. The pacing, humor and strong characters are still there, yet the story is completely different, the world is different.. It's just really fresh.
Even if you've not read any of his other books, read this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia
  • 06-30-16

Stunning - a memorable tale

Initially I was worried that this new adventure could be a let down given the superb standard of the Ryeria books. I can state absolutely that this is not the case. Michael J. Sullivan has created a whole new story with excellent characters and a plot which leaves you wanting more. I have ran out of superlatives for Tim Gerard Reynolds narration but again with this book he has raised the bar again. For those of you who will read this review and have not read any of Mr Sullivan 's books I would suggest that you have missed reading/listening to one of the best fantasy authors for over the past 20 years - for those who know his work download now it has been worth the wait. One slight criticism - I have to wait until summer 2017 for the next installment!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • lyn
  • 02-18-17

What a fantastic story

I've never gotten through an audio book as quickly, or been as disappointed when I finished it
Easy for this genre to seem similar to something else you by a different author but not this time
Looking forward to book 2

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • shadowspirit
  • 11-09-17

Sorry, couldnt get into this one at all

I tried twice to listen to this audiiobook. The narrator is fine, the story is unbelievable and boring. So sorry but this is it I'm afraid.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John L.
  • 03-04-17

A new convert

What did you like most about Age of Myth?

One of those stories that makes you find the time to listen. I found myself looking for reasons to take the dog out for another walk, just so I could keep up with the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it was the girl sorcerer - an unusual character, I guess she will become of greater importance as the series unwinds.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The battle in the woods.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The time of the gods

Any additional comments?

Looking forwards to the next in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sylvia
  • 01-18-18

Simply fabulous!

Excellent writing, excellent narration, simply fabulous! I enjoyed every minute and look forward to listening to Age of Swords.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Euan
  • 09-04-16

A great start

This is the first book in what will be a 4-5 book series, set 3000 years before Sullivan's other books. First things first Tim Gerard Reynolds is amazing as always, I'm at the point that I will buy an audiobook purely because he is narrating it.
As for the story, it's a solid start. For a story that forshadows a grand and finely woven tale, the first entry is very straight forward. However there is a clear pathway to expand the story so I still have high hopes for the volumes to come.
The other main point I would like to bring up is the comparison ( which I'm sure Sullivan would hate) between Royce/Hadrian and Malcolm/Raith. The large and only real problem I have is the similarities Raith is written exactly like Hadrian, and because Hadrian has 9 books behind him Raith ends up feeling like a lazy copy. There are far more distinctions between Royce and Malcolm but the partnerships feel to much alike. I do hope he manages to build both of them up to distinct characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Danielle Brown
  • 08-08-16

Lovely

Another fantastic story by Mr. Sullivan. Filled with plot twists that I did but not see coming, and more then a few characters I couldn't help but fall in love with. Can hardly wait for the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-18

A true armchair adventure

A marvellous book, the best I've read from an author I already enjoyed, performed by my favourite Audiobook star. There wasn't anywhere to go wrong, so it was perfect. My only complaints are how hard it was to turn off at night and that I now have to buy the rest of the series immediately...

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kenneth
  • 07-19-18

Don’t waste your time

This story lacks real substance and a story that is not even half plausible. The characters lacked depth and the story not believable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful