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Age of Swords Audiobook

Age of Swords: The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2

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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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    Allan Canada 08-06-17
    Allan Canada 08-06-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    yorkiemom 08-06-17
    yorkiemom 08-06-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Not His Best Offering"
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    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.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin 08-06-17
    Darrin 08-06-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    phalaenopsisinGville 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Devoted to MJS and TGR"

    I started this series because of the author and narrator, both of whom I just love and would marry (both) if... But I have trudged through the first and now the second - drifting from the story line again and again because it kept veering off course and couldn't hold my attention. But I will continue with the next and the thereafter because I am a devoted fan. Would like a 'tighter' 3rd with more swashbuckling excitement!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-02-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 08-04-17
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 08-04-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Work-shopped to Death"

    After really enjoying Age of Myth (4 stars), and of course all the Riyia books, I was very excited when Age of Swords was released. In the authors foreword Sullivan described the book as his favorite work so I was ready for more well developed, interesting characters, appropriate pacing and descriptive prose. Unfortunately, it seems like this book went through 100 revisions so that no thought of any character went unexplored. It was pretty much the definition of work-shopping a good story to death. A few times makes for a solid backstory, but to interrupt action scenes that took hours of multiple backstories to get to only to throw in more irrelevant backstories is really testing the readers will to finish this book! Again, if it was just once or twice I'd understand but it was constant and a major flaw in what could have been a good book

    Add in the complete lack of character growth as they make the same mistakes over and over or ask the same questions in every situation, incredibly predictable plot lines, repetitive and dull conversations that don't advance the plot or the characters, abandonment of some of the most interesting characters and, fatally, a very basic plot that could have been thoroughly explored in 1/4 the length, and this book was definitely a disappointment. Oh, and do I need to mention the unrealistic inventions of one of the characters that somehow invents every bit of technology that took actual humans thousands of years to develop in just a few weeks?

    Finally, and I can't believe I'm criticizing Tim Reynolds work as it's normally excellent, but a few of the characters he voices extremely slowly to the point where I was thinking "get on with it!" Of course that was also a function of the poor dialogue as I knew exactly what those characters were about to ramble on about as they had rambled about the same thing many times before. Can't blame Reynolds for that but throw in a halting and slow voice for those characters and it was pretty frustrating.

    Mr. Sullivan mentions in the foreword that he reads reader reviews. While I'm sure I will be down-voted by many for the unfavorable review, I really hope that Mr. Sullivan or his editors see this and let him get back to the raw style of storytelling that suits him best. A great story needs to have edges and surprises, not every thought needs to be backstoried and not every character needs to go through ten examples of their current paradigm before they blossom into the character they will be.

    36 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "extremely annoying"

    i liked the first book. enjoyed it thoroughly. but this second installment, even if the author in the preface claims it is his favorite in the series, does not live up.

    the pacing is slow to the point of boredom. the main characters who I suppose we are meant see grow? (they don't) are annoying and contrivedly bickering on a level i thought reserved for cheap teen horror. I honestly couldn't care what happened to them, except the mystic.

    spoiler - we also see the spontaneous discovery of several technologies and terms. this process is contrived, awkward and forced. did I say awkward? I cringed.

    that said, the narration is first class, and at least two loved main characters grow, and are interesting.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 08-15-17
    Lori 08-15-17
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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    A. Bunting New Orleans 07-28-17
    A. Bunting New Orleans 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joona 08-09-17
    Joona 08-09-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Jacob
    10/2/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Delaney
    8/27/17
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    "Hmmm"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Tuson
    8/18/17
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    "love it."

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

    It is as good if not better than ryiria

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark keith
    8/12/17
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    "good story"

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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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