Age of Myth by Michael Sullivan
I wrote about this one in early April, but wanted to save my review until closer to publication. (Note: After reading Age of Myth, I went on a Sullivan binge and read everything in the Riyria series, although I didn't review all of them. I love Royce and Hadrian!)
But it was Age of Myth that introduced me to Mr. Sullivan and his fantasy, and it takes things back a step. Back to Riyria thousands of years before Royce and Hadrian come along.
I'm not much for gods in fantasy, so when Raithe kills a god and becomes a legend as a "god killer," I wasn't sure that the book was going to appeal to me. However, men create gods in their own image, whether physical or metaphorical, and it soon becomes clear that the Fhrey, a powerful race with magical abilities, have become gods to subjugated races. At that point, I was all in.
The world-building is exemplary; the characters are as diverse as any group of people can produce--the good, the foolish, the arrogant, the brave, the corrupt, the vicious, the honorable. The plot is exciting and full of energy. I loved it.
Sullivan's characters come off the page and choosing a favorite is difficult, but there are several that I couldn't help but fall in love with.
High fantasy at its best, The Age of Myth is the first in a new series, and I can't wait for the next one!
Fantasy. June 28, 2016. Print length: 433 pages.