Review Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire #4) – Michael J. Sullivan

age of legendEach 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.

OMW… I was crying so much by the end.

This book is set in three parts. The first is set right after the end of book 3, after which we make a 1 year leap. Most of the book is set 5 years after that. Although the first part felt a bit forced for me (trying to cram a lot of big events and important conversations in very few pages), I did appreciate the 5 year leap. It gives a good scope of the war without going into too much detail.

The characters have all grown so much, making them almost unrecognizable from book 1. All but Suri that is. Yes she has grown a lot too, but seemed to come back to herself a bit after the drama of books 2 and 3. She was once again the young woman I fell in love with, with her refreshing and unintentionally funny moments.

Although the pacing in this book is somewhat slower (forgetting about the 5 year leap of course), it still works really well at completely sucking the reader in. This is easily one of those read in a single sitting books.

Many of the characters we follow are in a relationship by this point, which we a bit too sweet, high on public affection, and clingy to my taste. That is a completely personal issue though, and it does make the ending more effective, which is quite the cliffhanger by the way. Luckily the next two books are already written and we won’t have to wait too long…

Overall, a great sequel to a wonderful series. Highly recommend.

4stars

If you are intrigued by this, you still have time to back the Kickstarter for the fifth book Age of Death from which you can also receive some of the other books, as well as some awesome other rewards. Go have a look!

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