Age of Legend by Michael J Sullivan
Reviewed by Sam!
Each culture has its own myths and legends, but only one is shared, and it is feared by all.
With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted readers with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save mankind. After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and has pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their homeland, but no farther. Now comes the pivotal moment. Persephone’s plan to use the stalemate to seek peace is destroyed by an unexpected betrayal that threatens to hand victory to the Fhrey and leaves a dear friend in peril. Her only hope lies in the legend of a witch, a forgotten song, and a simple garden door.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: It was my work BFF’s last day today… so I drank myself into oblivian at trivia. We got 2nd… which was rude but i digress. there were at least two shots and i lost count on the glasses of wine.
Spoiler-free Overview: This is the 4th book in the Legends of the First Empire series by one of my favorite authors of all time. If you haven’t read the 1st 4, a. you’re missing out and b. there are gonna be spoilers.
Ok so, our BAE, Raithe, has been sacrificed and turned into a dragon to save the Rhunes (humans) from the Elves/fhrey. I am STILL mad about that. But this is basically the first part of this war, the humans are kickin ass but they can’t get past this river. Suri refuses (and rightfully so) to make a new dragon. Nephron is pissed about that. Brin be writing her book, and her bae is getting reallllll sketchy.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: You know, I fucking LOVE MJS’s books. There you are reading this story, lalala, and all of a sudden, the story just hits you in the face. It’s like, it was building up to a point but you never feel rushed or the story takes an unbelieveable turn. It all just makes sense and it’s so fucking good i can’t.
Characters: Let’s list them shall we?
- Persephone: My poor sweet child. She’s just trying to do what’s best for her people but she’s entirely broken by the loss of Raithe. She makes some key decisions without consulting her “husband” (I refUSE to think its real but it is). I feel like I know her soul
- Suri: SURI. Goddamnit why is everyone broken? We know and love her because she’s a little odd, hippie-type odd. BUT, and this is so crucial, she’s less of herself in this story. She had multiple back-to-back tragic things that happen to her and that will change anyone. Also…. I fear for her. Spoilery people know why.
- Brin: she’s a’writing.
- Tesh: I’m so mad at Tesh. he’s such a DUDE
- Gifford: my sweet child, he’s gonna be so great, he IS so great, but I expect awesome things to come from him
- Mawindule: THIS GUY. THIS MOTHER FUCKER. I dislike him with a firey passion. Last book he was a whiney kid, now he’s THE WORST.
Plot: Again, it feels like not much happened but when you see where you started and where you ended, SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED. It was super well paced. God damnit i loved it.
Writing Style: Literally HOW does he do this every time? The whole thing is perfectly woven. It’s a beautiful way of story-tellig and it gets me every time. Literally… all of his books are like this.
World Building: The fresh hell was that ending? I need to know more now thankssssss
What to pair it with: This is like your 7th beer. You were doin alright with 6, but that 7th one… takes you over the edge. Probably a lager of some sort.
Rating: 5/5 Shots
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: WHO’S READ IT I NEED TO DISCUSSSSSSSS
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,