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 ignit...

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

  • Chris

    This series keeps getting better with every volume. As in the Riyria Revelations, the story starts small and becomes larger and the stakes get higher as it progresses. So many great characters, realistic motivations, engaging plot, emotional moments, and many surprises, both exciting and heartbreaking, this book has it all.

    I especially enjoy how many of the protagonists are strong women, and that each of them is their own distinct person, with true feminine strengths and personalities, not just

    This series keeps getting better with every volume. As in the Riyria Revelations, the story starts small and becomes larger and the stakes get higher as it progresses. So many great characters, realistic motivations, engaging plot, emotional moments, and many surprises, both exciting and heartbreaking, this book has it all.

    I especially enjoy how many of the protagonists are strong women, and that each of them is their own distinct person, with true feminine strengths and personalities, not just imitating men. And even better, while we're given the occasional comment about the value of a woman, attention is not constantly drawn to the gender of the heroes. They are simply there, doing what they must do, and the fact that their strength and heroism does not need to be justified throughout the story is the best part of all.

  • 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.

  • Esmerelda Weatherwax

    Oh.

    My.

    Heart.

  • Audrey

    4.25 stars

    I was picked to be one of the “gamma” readers for this book, meaning I searched it for typos after the beta readers were done. I was so thrilled to get to do this. I read it with my proofreader’s brain rather than my reader’s brain. Sometimes I had to go back and start a part over because I accidentally got lost in the story instead of carefully looking at all the letters.

    I also swore on pain of death to not give away any spoilers, so this review will remain vague. (Mr. Sullivan knows

    4.25 stars

    I was picked to be one of the “gamma” readers for this book, meaning I searched it for typos after the beta readers were done. I was so thrilled to get to do this. I read it with my proofreader’s brain rather than my reader’s brain. Sometimes I had to go back and start a part over because I accidentally got lost in the story instead of carefully looking at all the letters.

    I also swore on pain of death to not give away any spoilers, so this review will remain vague. (Mr. Sullivan knows Royce Melborn, and I don’t want him to show up and slit my throat in the middle of the night.)

    I think this is my favorite of the series so far. Like another reviewer mentioned, the first half is like slowly riding to the top of a roller coaster. You don’t even realize that’s what’s happening until all this action starts happening. Besides battle scenes, there are surprises and mysteries and heartbreak and plenty of character development. The second half is so suspenseful and gripping. I think there are some big things in store for the series. The previous book had a quest that left a lot of characters behind, but here they all get fairly equal “screen” time.

    Sullivan has a pretty simple writing style. It serves to give you a good story that’s pure fun to read; escapism at its best. I plan to buy a final copy when it’s ready.

  • 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.

    - There is a few days left in a

    It's open only to residents of the US, but there is a parallel Giveaway open to people of all countries for members of my Private Goodread's Group, The Dark Room. If you would like to join

    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.

    - There is a few days left in a

    It's open only to residents of the US, but there is a parallel Giveaway open to people of all countries for members of my Private Goodread's Group, The Dark Room. If you would like to join

    - There's some good news and bad news. The printer's proofs for

    will be arriving on 2/13/18 just a few more days! That's the good news. The bad news is the book will be delayed a couple of months. The new release date is July 03. Don't blame Del Rey, it's 100% my fault. You see, when Robin and I did my final read through on the copy edits, there were some issues that we felt should be addressed. As such, we were late hitting our copy edit review deadline, and Del Rey had to copyedit the new stuff. All this meant slippage in the release. I could have ignored the issues and hit my release dates, but I opted for quality over speed. I hope you'll be understanding. In the grand scheme of things 75 days is nothing when stacked up against other writers like Rothfuss, Martin, and Lynch. But then again, I guess I shouldn't be putting myself in that same company. Still, I hope you'll be patient with us and understanding ofthe choices we made.

    - 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,

  • Melanie

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    ★★★★★

    2.)

    ★★★

  • Helen 2.0

    I've preordered a signed copy. Life will be bleak until it arrives.

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