- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: June 28, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0161YQQVK
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Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire Audiobook – Unabridged
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Consequently, Age of Myth is a welcome, refreshing antidote to the senseless brutality and cynicism of recent, dark fantasy. Tolkien and his literary descendants endure because they tap into a fundamental human desire to see sympathetic, compelling characters triumph over evil. At its best, epic fantasy celebrates the values that make ordinary people into heroes, and – contrary to current trends – it also keeps the heroes around to fight another day.
Of course, if that were all that epic fantasy novels accomplished, they would quickly become repetitive and trite. Coherent, engaging worldbuilding is essential to good fantasy, and Sullivan certainly delivers in that regard. In his preface, Sullivan notes that he wrote all five of the Legends novels at once, and the scope of that project is reflected in the complexity and detail of the Fhrey and Rhune societies he has created. Sullivan begins with the homogenous and monolithic stereotypes with which each group views the other. He then quickly immerses us in details, conflict, intrigue, and politics that show the complexity and nuance of both societies.
As fascinating as the cultures are, it is the characters that make Age of Myth a compelling read. Sullivan has a talent for fast, clever dialogue. Like an impressionist working with quick, brief strokes he uses those conversations to deftly paint nuanced characters who are authentic, recognizable, and worth following over the course of a five-volume epic. The prose in which the characters’ words and lives are couched is solid work, but it does sometimes edge toward the trite or conventional. Fortunately, Sullivan’s knack for dialogue more than compensates for any shortcomings in that regard.
At the midpoint of Age of Myth, two of the central protagonists discuss the nature of stories in their respective villages. One notes that in the stories she learned, “The heroes are usually lost in the forest and either eaten or sucked away into the spirit world.” The other says that in the stories his sister told, “Almost every tale had a ghost or a dragon in and a hero who rescued a beautiful girl…[stories that] take you someplace else, someplace warm, someplace wonderful.” In recent years, fantasy has experienced a glut of stories in the former category. Michael J. Sullivan’s Age of Myth invites us to gather around the fire and instead retell the stories that take the chill from the night air and shine a light into the shadows. Readers eager to lose themselves in a well-crafted world, a world filled with likeable people who become unintentional heroes, should jump to answer that invitation.
If you love everything about Tolkien, but wish for something new, this book is for you.
If you loved the huge story in Wheel of Time, but despaired at the repeated phrases, and wished for better editing, this book is for you.
If you loved the story and characters in Game of Thrones, but thought the sex and violence was a bit overdone, this book is for you.
This book is about ordinary people stepping up to extraordinary challenges. It's about reluctant heroes facing a crazy world with humor and resolve
If you love great story-telling, excellent writing, and superb editing, this book is for you. Enjoy.
Awesome read! Great characters, awesome storyline, nice twists in the plot, and I've already downloaded book 2!
Thank you sir for a great story!! Can't wait to watch your characters develop in this new world!!
Looking forward to book 2 this summer.
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Good character progression, a wider world hinted at, lots of intrigue building conflict for later.