Age of War

Age of War

The epic battle between humankind and their godlike rulers finally ignites in the masterful follow-up to Age of Myth and Age of Swords.Rich in magic and adventure, Michael J. Sullivan’s soaring fantasy novels are masterworks of heroism, love, and sacrifice. Now in Age of War, the epic battle between humankind and the cruel, god-like beings who once ruled them finally igni...

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Title:Age of War
Author:Michael J. Sullivan
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Age of War Reviews

  • Beverly

    I think this book is the best so far in the series. The character development is excellent. We have the central Rhune (human) characters featured in the previous books, Persephone, the newly appointed Keenig (ruler) of all the human tribes; Brin, the keeper of knowledge and history of the Rhunes; Moya, Persephone's shield (bodyguard) and the first to ever use and master a bow and arrow; Suri, the quirky, nature loving mystic whose magic is becoming stronger and needed to help the humans survive;

    I think this book is the best so far in the series. The character development is excellent. We have the central Rhune (human) characters featured in the previous books, Persephone, the newly appointed Keenig (ruler) of all the human tribes; Brin, the keeper of knowledge and history of the Rhunes; Moya, Persephone's shield (bodyguard) and the first to ever use and master a bow and arrow; Suri, the quirky, nature loving mystic whose magic is becoming stronger and needed to help the humans survive; Gifford, the gentle misshapened young man who has an amazing talent to create beautiful pottery; Roan, the ex slave whose spirit is broken but whose mind is a systematic inventive marvel; Raithe, the reluctant chieftain of the Dureyan tribe of 2, maybe 3, who is famously known as the God Killer; Malcolm, an enigma who is an ex slave of the Fhrey and Raithe's traveling companion.

    In Age of War, we get to know Tesh, a Dureyan orphan Raithe took in, who seeks revenge against the Fhrey who killed his family and kin and destroyed his village. On the Fhrey (elf) side; Arion, of the magic wielding Miralyith clan, former tutor of Mawyndule heir to the Fhrey throne, but now she sides with the Rhunes and tutors Suri; Nyphron, leader of the Galantian warriors and Lord of the Instarya clan. He is training the Rhunes in weapons use and combat to prepare them for war against the fane. Lothian of the Miralyith clan is the fane, ruler of the Fhrey, and the killer of Zyphron, Nyphron's father, thus the latter's defection. Mawyndule is Lothian's son, a typical adolescent with overconfidence in his own abilities and youthful disdain for older, wiser authorities, seeks vengence against Arion his former tutor for her crimes against his father but mostly for helping the God Killer to kill his idol, a great Miralyith in his eyes.

    The plot is intense with some good twists and the pace is sometimes fast in action and discovery and sometimes steady in dialogue and detail but I found it never slow and boring. I know there will be some changes from what I read in beta when the book is published making an excellent story even better.

  • Chris

    But like I said with the beta reads of the first two books in this series, it shouldn't change that much. This baby is awesome as it is and will only need small tweaks and edits to put it in the same ballpark as the other books.

    fans will not be disappointed. If you loved

    But like I said with the beta reads of the first two books in this series, it shouldn't change that much. This baby is awesome as it is and will only need small tweaks and edits to put it in the same ballpark as the other books.

    fans will not be disappointed. If you loved

    , you will slap this one right up there on your favorites shelf beside them.

    Be prepared to be amazed and dragged through an emotional experience. Yes, I'm vague, but I promised not to spoil and you really have to read it to feel it, anyway.

  • Mike

    No spoilers in this review.

    Michael gave me this copy for a "gamma" read - basically copy editing, looking for typos and grammar mistakes and such. So a big thank-you to him (and Robin) for the chance to get an early look. Hopefully I spotted some things you guys didn't.

    I've been a fan of Michael for a good while, and I've liked everything he's written (even if I do think

    has some significant flaws). I've also felt that his work has gotten steadily better, with every book being an

    No spoilers in this review.

    Michael gave me this copy for a "gamma" read - basically copy editing, looking for typos and grammar mistakes and such. So a big thank-you to him (and Robin) for the chance to get an early look. Hopefully I spotted some things you guys didn't.

    I've been a fan of Michael for a good while, and I've liked everything he's written (even if I do think

    has some significant flaws). I've also felt that his work has gotten steadily better, with every book being an improvement over the previously written one.

    I've also consistently said that he's an author that takes familiar tropes, and reminds readers of why they became so popular in the first place. And though I did (and do) mean that as an entirely sincere compliment, it is also a little bit back-handed: if his books are taking the old and refreshing them, it necessarily implies they aren't doing anything really new or ground-breaking.

    That's no longer the case.

    caught me completely by surprise, and went places I would never have guessed it would go. There were hints of this in

    , but nothing compared to this.

    The first half of the book was fairly slow, with a steadily building tension - not unlike a roller coaster slowly cranking its way up that initial incline. Then the second half hit, and putting the book down became a real challenge. It was

    conducive to careful proofreading - I really had to work pretty hard to take my time and read carefully.

    Along the way Michael excited me, made me think, scared the ever-loving crap out of me, and left my heart a broken mess. I loved this book, and I hated it.

    So I'm now chomping at the bit for Legends of the First Empire #4, and am more than happy to volunteer my services as a gamma reader again =P. I also suspect this might be the end of Michael's each-book-gets-better streak, because I find it hard to believe he can top this one.

  • SarahBeth

    I got the chance to Beta read this. Great continuation of the series. A couple of small things that I didn't love, but we'll see if they get changed or not before the final version. Both happy and sad moments, but considering the title, some people are going to have to die. The ending left me wishing book 4 was already on my bookshelf.

  • Richard

    This was a strong "turning point" book in the series so far, and acts almost as the watershed moment between the establishment of the characters and the start of the real action - and war!

    There are some open questions and hopefully they will be fixed before the final release, but there are some real highlights in this book which still makes me love it.

    Note: I read the beta version of this.

  • Michael

    If you follow me here on goodreads, you know that I don't rate my books. I do, however, use the review feature to update people on the process of books. So here goes.

    - Home stretch! Robin and I did our final pass through the copyedits of the book. I deemed it "good to go" - Robin pointed out a few minor tweaks - and they really are minor so I'm implementing them today and iI'm guessing it'll be to Del Rey in the morning - then it's off to the presses!

    - And....DO

    If you follow me here on goodreads, you know that I don't rate my books. I do, however, use the review feature to update people on the process of books. So here goes.

    - Home stretch! Robin and I did our final pass through the copyedits of the book. I deemed it "good to go" - Robin pointed out a few minor tweaks - and they really are minor so I'm implementing them today and iI'm guessing it'll be to Del Rey in the morning - then it's off to the presses!

    - And....DONE! Just finished implementing all the beta feedback. They did a terrific job! Going to give it one last read through then send it off to Del Rey's production team for copy editing, layout, and the other production task. I'm thrilled with how it came out.

    - Received the compilation of all the beta feedback from Robin today, and I've started to make changes. Great feedback, and while there is a lot of good stuff for me to "tweak" the book won't be changing dramatically from what went to the beta team. At this point, everything is moving on schedule.

    - Received the "marketing copy for the book" from my editor, may still need some further tweaking and refinement but it's much improved from the fairly lame version I released. If you want to see what they came up with, the description has already been updated here on Goodreads.

    - Got the editorial feedback from my editors at Del Rey. One of them, claims it's her favorite book of the series to date and neither of them had any significant changes called out. I only briefly scanned the file, but I think the book is in good shape and won't need much more from me. Robin is going to do another re-read (I already incorporated her content changes), and then it will be on to beta reading!

    - Had a meeting with Del Rey last week in New York and we've set the official release date for this book to be April 2018. Which means I need to have my submitted for acceptance book to my editor in June 2017 - that should be doable. I'm going to finish up writing The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter: Riyria Chronicle #4 first (it has a release date of December 1). Robin has already provided me with feedback issues she wants addressed and they are minor and easy to incorporate. So I see no problem meeting this deadline.

    - Things are moving along nicely on the third book of the series. Marc Simonetti is working on the cover, Robin is compiling a list of changes for me to implement as part of the alpha reading process, an a beta read should be starting in March. If you want to sign up to be part of the beta,

  • John Ross

    'Age of War' by Michael J. Sullivan now has a cover!

  • Melanie

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    ★★★★★

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    ★★★

  • Christina Pilkington

    I was lucky enough to beta read this book, so I am going to refrain from posting a star rating until I've read the final copy of the book, but just know that it's such an exciting read. I loved jumping back into the story of Raithe and Persephone and the cast of characters from this world. And that ending! I hope the ending stays the same in the final publication.

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