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Publisher's Summary

The gods have been proven mortal, and new heroes will arise as the battle continues in the sequel to Age of Myth - from the author of the Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles series.

In Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched listeners 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 from within.

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid - a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan, where waits an ancient adversary as fearsome as it is deadly.

©2017 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Too slow paced

I love this authors stories up to this book . It just seemed too slow paced. Found myself stopping after a chapter or 2. Normally I read for for hours but just kept finding it tedious.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Not His Best Offering

Any additional comments?

I am an avid Fantasy genre reader. Michael J Sullivan would make my top 3 list. From his very first book I've read/listened with excitement and focused attention, so much a part of the story, invested in the characters. The storylines held me captive and swept me away. I eagerly anticipated this release. Excitement built when the author declared this book his favorite. I struggled to stay focused. My attention wanders. For the first time I found myself "putting the book down" because I got bored. Is it a bad book? No, I just don't think it's the caliber of his others. Michael J Sullivan set a very high bar for himself. I will continue with the series as other books are released because I am a fan of the author and the narrator... and I have experienced the magic they are capable of creating together.

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Hard to believe its Sullivan's favorite

I've been a huge fan of all of Sullivan's work thus far, but this book was pretty disappointing.

Things I liked:
1. Bringing the females forward to lead. Loved to see that even if aspects of their character and actions seemed odd.
2. Seeing the beginning of threads from previous series.
3. Really enjoyed the love/hate I developed for the elven prince character.

My issues:
1. Wish he had dreamed up a more believable way for technological progress because it became ludicrous that one 'genius' came up with a new invention at every turn and that a basically illiterate person had invented writing and then was translating ancient dwarven texts within weeks.
2. The main boss battle was so tediously written that I felt compelled to fast forward and by the end I just wanted it to be over.
3. Seemed like snarkiness bled into each character too much so they began to feel a bit homogeneous and seemed really out of character for some and in some situations.

37 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Drags on Predictably.

I was excited for this book. I wanted it to be great, it takes all the predictable paths fantasy books tend to follow. Characters are whiney and shirk responsibilities only to have it thrusted on them anyways. Maybe I'm jaded or I've gone through too many books, I found myself rolling my eyes and just skipping chapters because you could literally tell what it was building up to and listening to the author drag it on just frustrated me. By no means should this mean it's not the book for you, it just wasn't the book for me. Happy reading.

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Issues with Ideology

I have no problem with the idea that women achieving great things but through most if the books their is a constant theme of most men are selfish pigs and women have to fight to be recognized. I love the general story and the writing style and even most of the plot points. Its just hard to get through at times feeling like i'm being preached to.

If you want a strong female character just have one, you don't need to have this side story of all men trying to pull them down and the only "good" men being guilt ridden cowards. Most men in the stories fall into 3 groups. Noble protectors who defend women even at their own expense. Selfish pigs who think women can't do anything and men should be in charge. Love sick puppies who follow women around hoping to be noticed.

While most women are determined, intelligent, kind, and feel like something is holding them back from achieving. It just comes across as the same tired story that is constantly beaten into everyone head.

The issue is strong women don't need help, or encouragement, to achieve and most men don't care if women succeed if they put in the effort. The constant insistence that because someone, somewhere, may hold the idea that women are less than men, so we must repeat over and over that women are strong and can achieve, is just condescending. You might as well say women can only be strong if they have people help them and tell them they can succeed.

That added with the tacit implication that men need to be told that women can be leaders and should help them succeed. Just comes across as the writer thinking all men are bad and all women are good and trying correct a perceived problem that for most men does not exist.

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Facepalm

The first book was a little awkward with the random new inventions, but this time it's just unbearable. I can almous smell the gunpowder and industrial revolution coming from the next book.

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Technological progression is jarring

I had some real hard times suspending my disbelief of how the fuck no one ever invented a god damn bow and arrow when they have bronze, iron, and husbandry.

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Slower than watching paint dry.

Loved his ryeria series. This is utterly painful. Taking to long with to little action to build the scene we all know is coming. My kids whI like almost anything made me turn it off after 4 hours. Will think long and hard before purchasing the next book. Yes. That slow.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Very long and drawn out...couldn't finish

I really wanted to like this book, but, unfortunately, I just couldn't get past the first 6 hrs. I have the first book in this series and all the Riyria books and I really wanted to like this one. It is well written and thought out, but the plot is so slow in developing that I got to the point where I did not care about any of the characters nor the story. Perhaps a more patient listener can find the time to let the story develop, but not me. This will be the last book in this particular series that I listen to.

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Slow. No "HOOK"

I tried and I tried to like this book. I had waited like everyone else, and this book just wasn't entertaining. There just wasn't a "HOOK" or "CATCH" to keep me reading and wondering what's going to happen.

I made it to 14 of 33 chapters and then gave up.

This series is over for me, on to other authors and more interesting tales.

Perhaps one day I will revisit the Riyria tales, but never this book again. There just isn't anything that I am missing.

Perhaps further innovation and the bow will be perfected, or the wheel will gain traction or the barrels will get rolled out - but I really don't care.

I don't mean to be hurtful or mean. I understand that writing is a labor and so much of a person goes into a book. But there just wasn't anything for me in this book.

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  • Andrew Delaney
  • 08-27-17

Hmmm

Any additional comments?

Ok I liked the first book, and you simply can’t complain about anything Tim Reynolds narrates. However, even then and with the second book I just couldn’t get past a few issues; for one the elves come across as petulant children, and the dwarves as real scumbags. I guess you could argue that Tolkien’s vision has given many a perspection of those race, but still the racial tone of both just felt wrong.

But by far the main complaint I have is the humans. You have a race that as clearly intelligent and has dialog to supposed they aren’t a stupid race, and yet in the space of a few chapters they discover, the wheel, bow and arrows (which even the elves knew nothing about), learned how to read and create books, then go onto being able to decipher an ancient language, and cast a spell that should have been clearly beyond them. Plus quite a lot of other technological insights they had.

Now I will take this all back if the author has a logical reason for all the above, and I will listen to the rest of the series, but as it stands the structural framework/historical bases for each race for me just doesn’t sit well.

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  • Simon Madsen
  • 07-20-18

Mediocre experience

While not my favourite book, I enjoyed the first of the series, Age of Myth. Age of Swords, not so much.

When I listen to audio books it's important to me that the narrator isn't disruptive of the story, they are there to convey the story, and not take focus from it. Tim does a good job of this. The conversations were also distinguishable and easy to follow. Some times narrators drown the character conversations because they are monotone.

My first issue with this was that several major plots were rather easy to spot. In fact, I already saw these coming in Age of Myth. I'm by no means Sherlock Holmes, and I'm willing to bet most of you saw it coming as well. I won't spoil which ones, but I did sigh when they came to pass because it was too obvious and didn't do much for the story.

The second issue was as most others describe, the technology advances. In the span of one week the bow was invited AND mastered. If that wasn't enough, written text, paper and the pen was invented and used to decipher an even older language. Oh, and the wheel was invented as well. Too much has been crammed into this relatively short period, and it quite clearly to try and progress the story with little twists. It doesn't work very well.

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  • JPA
  • 03-28-18

Excellent and exciting sequel

Built on the deep world building of the first. Expanded on the characters. Ramped up the excitement, action and intrigue. Fantastic!

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  • Jacob
  • 10-02-17

Understandable that this is the author's favorite

Continuing just where we left Age of Myth, we follow our characters into new adventures, this time with much deeper understanding of the universe.
In this book as the last, we follow both Fhrey and Rhunes and are introduced to Dherg.
The book balances politic discussion with action brilliantly!

I also like the little bit in the beginning, where the Author give a little taste of how he processes his work.

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  • Paul Tuson
  • 08-18-17

love it.

gutted that I have to wait till next year for the next one.

It is as good if not better than ryiria

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  • Mark keith
  • 08-12-17

good story

narrator amazing ability for different accents make audio book great book. good story develop. sad to lose Mina

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  • justine
  • 09-18-18

my top 3 fantasy series....

can't wait to download and listen to the next in this series...
I'm in .....

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  • Michael
  • 07-31-18

Better than anticipated; still dull in parts

Parts of this book are boring. It comes together nicely, and isn’t bad overall - I quite liked it. But I wouldn’t have stuck with it without Tim reading it - he is amazing. I like enough to want the next book - a positive sign!

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  • Ed
  • 12-13-17

Excellent continuation of the series.

Excellent narrator. The story continues to flow with unforseen twists. I was enthralled to the end.

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  • James Macdougall
  • 08-18-17

great story

just wish I didn't have to wait for next in series 😁 still, really fun story