The Nitty-Gritty Details
Title: Age of Myth
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
Publisher: Del Rey, 2016
Blurb: Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever.
Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer; Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom; and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun.
So, I really freakin’ enjoyed this book. So much so that the moment I finished it, I immediately put the next one on hold at the library (since I can’t afford to buy the rest of the series…yet) and am now dropping hints left and right to my boyfriend that we should stop by the library one day after work this week so I can pick it up, now that it’s (already!) come in.
I’ve had Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan on my shelf for a while now. I bought it on a whim because I thought the cover was just so dang gorgeous (and I still do). I kept seeing pictures of the latest book in the series, Age of War, floating around online, since it’s getting published this year and that one has a gorgeous cover, too. I won’t lie: the fact that the third book in the series is coming out so soon made me want to get caught up, which, in this case, meant getting started to begin with.
This is my first Sullivan book, though I guarantee you, it won’t be my last. I didn’t realize he was the same author of The Riyria Chronicles, which I realize might be a bit ridiculous in hindsight, so I’m even more stoked, because those books have been on my list to read, too. Age of Myth just happened to be the book of his I already owned and I’m glad I was able to read it without reading The Riyria Chronciles first.
I will admit, the beginning started off a little bit slow for me, but I think that’s because I recently finished Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames and I’ve never been so enamored by a book so quickly as I was with that, so any book following almost directly after reading it is probably going to feel slow in comparison. Yet it only took two dinner breaks before I started really getting into the book and getting invested in the characters, Persephone in particular. Though Suri was probably my favorite POV to read from, because I just love how she sees the world and how she speaks.
It was one of my favorite elements of the book, if I’m honest; the multiple POV. I’m always a sucker for books which do that well and Age of Myth is no exception. I thought each character had a really distinct voice, making their chapters easy to distinguish, even as their lives began to intersect in some really fantastic and plot-twisting ways. I also loved the lore and the amount of depth that’s obvious here. I wanted to escape into this world and see it in reality, instead of simply on the page, it felt so real.
It also was one of the only things that made me happy one evening last week, when I was just having a rough day, hormonal as all get out and absolutely not in the mood to do anything or be around anyone. Yet I had a couple hundred pages left of Age of Myth and I figured, “Why not read, if nothing else sounds appealing?” And I ended up finishing the book that evening and feeling a lot happier because I read.
I love books that help me like that.
I was also fascinated by the way that Sullivan wrote the series, which he talked about in his Author’s Note before the book began, in that the entire series has already been written. Though I’m not published, I have a trilogy I wrote the same way and I’m working on another series in the same vein, as I search for representation. As a writer, reading that tidbit made me want to invite Sullivan out for coffee and pick his brain about how that process actually works, as well as tell him how much I enjoyed his book.
I’m so glad that I finally took time to read Age of Myth and, as you know from my plans to raid my library’s hold shelf above, I don’t plan to wait very long to dive back into this world again.
PS: Best character? Minna, hands down. <3