Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of Myth is a beautiful story, a natural and relaxed read. I forgot how much I enjoyed epic fantasy as I have been into the grimdark lately. Here’s the review.

Book review

Story and writing

The writing style is clear and at times, poetic.

Pings and plops made explosive rings in puddles as Persephone sat on the damp mat, looking out at the rain.

Age of Myth follows the format of classic epic fantasy. I felt like I was a part of a fantasy role-playing game. The names of the books in this series are similar to the Age of Empires series of games. That might be the reason why I am in such a gaming mood once I have finished this book.

Representatives of different races, magical abilities, and territories, come to a spear point for a final stand out.

The author has created a stunning world and painted a neat picture. The forest hiding a horrifying secret, the tribal territories with their odd rituals, a door that nobody can open yet it holds a strong pull over them. The description of locations has been a visual treat. The simplest example is the rise of spiral smokes from the woodpile early in the morning. You can close your eyes and go that special place, slipping away from your world of concrete into the wild.

It’s a familiar story in a familiar setting, but the beauty is in its simple presentation.

Characterization

The characters are likable.
Persephone shows leadership skills from an early stage of the book. The Persephone from Greek mythology is a tribal chief’s widow in this book.
Suri is an adorable little girl, slightly quirky, absolutely lovable. She is my favorite.
The paired characters easily kindled an emotional investment from me.
Raithe and Malcolm show a situational comradeship as the brain and the brawn. Things get a bit funnier when Raithe develops a quick tongue near the last third of the book and engages in friendly banters with Malcolm.
Suri and Minna’s relationship is heart-warming. Suri can see the mind of others with an innocent precision.
The internal rivalry between the tribes of the so-called-Gods has been well exhibited. Gods (or elves) don’t have pointy ears (did I miss that?) but some have shaven heads. The social hierarchy and division of labor follow the level of magical abilities or function.

Some of the antagonists (no spoilers here) are straightforward. Others have given us hints in bits and pieces, enough to raise a curiosity of ‘I know that’s going to happen but when and how?’

My recommendation

I liked the theme of the book, playing Gods when you are too powerful and forget you can fall too. The cover, though pretty, doesn’t do much for the book. It’s the rich narrative and clean format that wins four Bohostars from me.

Bohostars

With minimal exposition and well-written scenes of emotion, drama, and action, Age of Myth is a treat. Not something exceptional, highly original, or particularly stimulating, this book is a nice break from the heavy. I have enjoyed it, and as a wise lady Julia said, this is a popcorn fantasy. You will be wise to sit with a tub, or you might get hungry. No pages to skip, you see.

I am surprised that I have not read Ryria Revelations even after a strong recommendation from the Fantasy factioners. I can’t let the books sit idle on my Kindle any longer, going to have to rectify that soon.

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Age of Myth Book Cover




Age of Myth




The Legends of the First Empire #1





Michael J. Sullivan





Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy




Ballantine Books




2016-06




Kindle




432




Amazon.in



"A new series set in the world of the Riyria Chronicles. In the land of the Rhune, trees can tell the future and the gods are beyond reproach. But when Raithe's father is slain, he does the unthinkable--he kills a god. From this act, rises the legend of the God Killer, the seeds of a rebellion, and the question of whether the gods are really immortal after all"--

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