Review: Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

26863057Since 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 men 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.

 

 

 

Rating: ★★★★

When I saw the blurb of Age of Myth months ago, I knew it was a book I needed to read. It seemed to be kind of fantasy I prefer, that is, a fantasy that is more about fantastical/mystic things, wars, all the good stuff, and not about how awful humanity is (yes, I happen to dislike all things grimdark). I had only read the first book of The Riyria Revelations and had liked it well enough, so I decided to read the whole trilogy before Age of Myth came out. Again, I liked it well enough (maybe I’ll even write a review for the three books in the future), and got even more excited for this book.

I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Age of Myth is much better than The Ryria Revelations, at least when it comes to writing and characters. Here they are stronger than ever and it’s easy to root for them and to worry for them. I’m still not sure which one is my favorite because, well, I liked all of them. It was nice to see a woman like Persephone, who has already married & had children, being such a important character. Suri and Minna were also excellent and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a queer character (Arion!).

And yes, as you can see, the female characters were the ones that caught my attention the most. The same thing happened in Sullivan’s other books, so I’m not surprised, though I’m happy to see that – so far – not one female character was used to motivate a male character (because that happened in The Riyria Revelations, unfortunately).

But what made me enjoy Age of Myth so much was the fact that I already know how things end thanks to The Riyria Revelations. Or at least I know how people think things ended and it was fascinating to see how different history can be from reality in Elan or how much certain things changed. I mean, why no one talks to trees anymore in present-day Elan? Where all the other gods went? Is the goddess Mari the god Maribor? And how the hell Persephone and Nyphron will end up together? Because I sure as hell can’t see it happening, but well, Sullivan still has other four books to convince me.

The worldbuilding was also really nice. Like I said, I’m a fan of fantasy books that go full on fantasy and make mystic, strange things the norm and that’s what Age of Myth does, especially in the character of Suri. In this aspect the writing was excellent – the book has a “mysterious” atmosphere that makes the world and the setting much more interesting.

Sullivan’s world is still boringly white, though, which makes me more uncomfortable here in Age of Myth than it did in The Riyria Revelations. The Fhrey seeing and treating humans like they are inferior or like animals is a main theme of Age of Myth, but when you take in consideration that both Fhrey and humans – the Rhune – are white… well, things get a little ugly.

In conclusion, Age of Myth is very good read. It has interesting characters and nice writing, though it does have some flaws – its embarrassing whiteness, to be specific. But I still can’t wait to read the next book. 4.0 stars.

 

 

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