Monday, April 18, 2016
Epic Fantasy by Michael J. Sullivan
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan was a great example of epic fantasy! It is the first in The Legends of the First Empire trilogy, and sadly I will have to wait another year for the second book.
I'm saving my review of Age of Myth for later because it won't be published until June 28 (thank you, NetGalley), but I'm going to mention it now because...
As soon as I finished Age of Myth, I ordered Theft of Swords, Book One in the Riyria Revelations trilogy by the same author.
As different as the time period and the characters are from Age of Myth, the world is the same.
I love this description: They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
A three sentence summation that intrigues, yet leaves out all of the highlights of conspiracy and adventure. That leaves all the satisfying details for the readers to discover for themselves.
Indeed, "they" did choose poorly when they decided to pin the king's murder on Royce Melbourne and Hadrian Blackwater, a professional thief and a warrior who make up the Riyria, a two-man organization that can be hired to steal, implicate, and in some cases, assassinate for a price.
The opening was a little slow, but after that, the pacing is excellent. A fantasy with swords and sorcery, a monk, a hidden prison, a hidden heir, elves and enchanted monsters, a corrupt church--a book that is both fun and suspenseful! I will definitely be reading more by Mr. Sullivan. Although I will have to wait for the sequel to Age of Myth, I intend to indulge in the author's other series.
Epic Fantasy. 2011. Print length: 694 pages.
Two more for Carl's Once Upon a Time Challenge!