Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from Goodreads Giveaways. It was the first time I have ever won. Arrrrr! In return I will write an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
age of myth (Michael J. Sullivan)
Title: age of myth
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Publisher: Del Ray
Publication Date: TODAY!
Source: Goodreads Giveaways
The gorgeous cover is what made me click on the giveaway for this novel. The blurb is what made me enter the giveaway. Reading the novel is what made me fall in love with this author’s work and made this novel one of my top favorites ever. I actually struggled making myself write this post because I know that whatever I write will not do it justice. However, this novel deserves to be praised and the love shared and so I will do me best . . .
So I am a huge fantasy nerd and love epics but found myself in a bind recently of not wanting to finish epic series. I seemed to have a problem with the world building or the characters or the portrayal of women or the length of chapters and chapters where nothing happened. Even hyped series failed to deliver.
This book reminded me of all of the reasons that I love the epic fantasy genre. I was transported and immersed into the world of Riyria. This novel tickled me fancy in just the right way and fit me mood perfectly. I love when that happens. The world building and writing were glorious. My copy was 384 pages (minus glossary etc.) and yet seemed so short when it was over.
While the world was awesome and the plot was super fun, it was the characters that made me soul happy. Super strong female characters, men with depth, magical beings, etc. All characters were fleshed out and necessary for the story being told. Some of my favorites:
– Raithe – a reluctant hero who finds himself drawn into a conflict through unlikely circumstances
– Suri – a seer who talks to trees, has a unique worldview, and travels with a wolf (Arrrr!)
– Persephone – a strong willed woman who doesn’t break under the burdens life is giving her
– Malcolm – a former slave who has a penchant for using rocks
– Arion – a woman with magic whose perspective on life takes a hit
I love how the characters are drawn together in the conflict and how they work together.
As the author states on Goodreads, all the novels in this five book series are already written! Of course the publishing dates for 2 – 5 have not been decided yet. I want them all! The author also stated that this series can be read without having read any other Riyria novels. Eventually I will read them all.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Del Ray and Goodreads Giveaways!
The author’s website had this to say about the novel:
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 men 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.
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