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Age of Empyre

Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Legends of the First Empire, Book 6
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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A door opens. An army of dragons advance. And the fate of the living rests with the dead.

After obtaining the secret to creating dragons, the leader of the Fhrey has turned the tide of war once more - but gaining the advantage has come at a terrible price. While Imaly plots to overthrow the fane for transgressions against his people, a mystic and a keeper are the only hope for the Rhunes. Time is short, and the future of both races hangs in the balance. In this exciting conclusion to the Legends of the First Empire series, the Great War finally comes to a climactic end, and with it dawns a new era in the Age of Empyre. 

From the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan comes the concluding installment of his six-book epic fantasy. This series chronicles a pivotal point in Elan's history when humans and those they once saw as gods warred until a new world order was born. Set 3,000 years before the Riyria tales, Legends is a stand-alone fantasy series that is independent of the Riyria novels. But for those who do listen to both series, Legends will unmask lies and reveal the truth about Elan's history and the men and women who shaped what the world became.

©2020 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A fitting end to the series

The war ends and Nyphron becomes emperor as predicted by Malcolm.

There are some unexpected twists to this book, such as what happens to Bryn, and some tie ins that you will recognize if you read/listened to the Riyria books. Overall Tim Gerard Reynolds does another stellar job performing as narrator and cast. The book does not stand alone, and you have to have read the series for it to make any sense or to even consider it a good book. Where the Riyria books did stand as individual books, but together made a more epic story, this series is really just one story broken into parts. As the last chapter of that story, this book is well done.

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Meh

I loved book 1, 2, and 3 in the series but the last couple books have not been very good in my opinion. Storyline is very predictable and the books have a strong kiddish feel to them. Maybe I'm just not the right demographic for this series although I have thoroughly enjoyed other work by Mr. Sullivan.

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Sad for the end but...

looking forward to the next adventure. I like how the story tied things together and set up the next series.

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Misleading Title

I’ve not read Micheal Sullivan’s work before but since the title seemed to be about an empire of sorts I thought it might be a good adventure read and being, 16 hr long at that, figured it might be a great saga of empires like Frank Herbert’s Dune or be some kind of an adventure in an unexplored land like Doyle’s Lost World or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings but turned out to be quite disappointing. This was more of a soap-opera with gut wrenching romantic pieces and a rather disconnected story that became more and more confusing as it unfolded, which by the way takes way too long, because is was not revealing in any way. The plot appears to oscillate between past and present, much like movie cut scenes but too abruptly at that and a lack of the literary queues leaves the reader groping in the dark trying to figure out what’s happening and when and where.
The characters didn’t seem that well developed either- a lot of fancy names but lacking any depth; no unique or interesting characteristics; or some kind of an interesting history or at least some behavioural traits or marker to adequately differentiate them.
The author did say something about putting this together in a hurry, at the prologue, and this work is full of tell tale signs of that; with disconnections in plot, way too much crying and romance, poorly defined environment, empty characters and is overall dissatisfying to say the least.
Definitely not recommended for adventure seekers- this work appears to be targeted at those desperately looking for some heart wrenching romantic drama.
Tim Gerard’s audio performance was quite good though...

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  • Aaron
  • 2020-05-08

This entire series is a failure

Simply awful series. I was so excited after the first book too. Book 2 was tedious with characters discovering something basic like how to make shoes. Then someone says, what are those? I call them shh
ooos.. Shooos. Shoes! The author did that over and over. The third book was ok but book 4 & 5 were simply awful. The story progresses at a snail's pace and both books end on a cliff hanger. Michael makes the reader slog through 2 entire books and offers no reward. Atrocious story telling.
But I am invested and now here is the final book. It's terrible. I haven't finished it and I'm going to expand this review when I do (I finally finished it and amended my review at the end). Right now I'm listening to it at a sped up pace just to get it over with.
The writing is so simplistic. There is one part where it's basically: I love you person, other person: I love you too. How can you love me? I just do love you. I'm glad you love me, love is great. And everyone has a love interest. There's like 5 or 6 different pairs of people falling in love. It's half the dang book. Just shoot me instead!
I am a huge fan of the Riyria series but this one sucks. The entire series could be condensed into 2 books, maybe three. It's not a complicated story when you take out the nonsensical, needless.. I don't know what to call it. Just wasted words that make listening to this a chore.
Terrible. I'll have more when I finally finish this thing but I'm not that excited about the prospect.
Such a shame.

Some spoilers below
Well, I finally finished it. What an awful book. It was like an "After School Special" movie where everything had a moral at the end. "The secret is you have to believe in yourself" type of nonsense. I can't properly explain how terrible this book is.

There's a saying in writing "show, don't tell". This book does the opposite; it doesn't show anything, it just tells you. Like Brin is so pure all the sudden. Over and over they say how important she is, she's the only thing that matters. Ok, why? And the Book of Brin which was mentioned probably 200 times in the series doesn't matter at all? And Minna coming back from the dead just to have a feel good moment? Awful! The wolf dying was the defining characteristic of a main character and the author just reverses it for the feels? Garbage.

I could go on and on, there's so many things I dislike about this book. I won't though because it was exhausting enough just listening to it. There's no energy left for me to complain, only to walk away saddened and disappointed.

Michael J. Sullivan has lost credibility as an author to me. This surface deep drivel he has produced has left me with zero interest in discovering what else he has in store for his readers. What an absolute mess.

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  • Soggy Waffles
  • 2020-05-07

Disappointed

Will try to keep spoilers out but beware.

I’m giving this book 2 stars because of how it ended. It was frankly a let down after 6 books. Far too many loose ends.

I mean really, all this hype about the book of Brin just to have it taken away? The whole trip through the underworld just to have it be lost to him? And really, that ending for her? Would have been nice if we’d could have known what happened after she went back, did she get him from the abyss? Was he her plus one?

The last we heard of the two in the abyss was pathetic, that’s how things ended for them? WHAT HAPPENED?!

Who trailed the knights if the one who created the order never made it back. Was there anyone really qualified to train them?

The ending, with the father and daughter reunion... I hope there is a series that takes place after revelations to show what happens when he finally collects the feathers.

I hope the rise and fall series at least fill in some of the incredible gaps this ending left. Truly disappointed.

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  • miro val
  • 2020-05-11

Total let down

Tim is always the Best. I found the story to be just a total let down.

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  • Alex solis
  • 2020-05-10

Sigh..

I was so invested with the characters in book 1,2 and 3! Then all of of sudden the story takes a sudden sharp turn into despair!
Don’t get me wrong the narration is amazing like always! There are cool scenes here and there but by the time everything gets wrapped up your just shocked by the loss of the potential in the characters!!
Books 1 through 3 your like .. yes! I know these characters are going to do great things! But when it’s all said and done they only end up playing a small part and then that’s it... sad.
So unfortunately I was disappointed with the the last three books in the series, left a empty hole in me.

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  • Curly
  • 2020-05-09

Awesome Conclusion to a great series

I loved every minute. Defiantly would recommend this story and all of Michaels other books.

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  • Anon
  • 2020-05-05

At last!

Thank you for releasing the book on time despite the great difficulty you were facing amidst the pandemic. I have been looking forward to it for months, so five stars for that. The story was as majestic as the others, with a couple of marvellous surprises thrown in. Can't wait for the next series!

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  • Donnie
  • 2020-05-09

Great and emotional end to a Great series!

Narrator was A+ as always! Tim is the best! I couldn't stop listening, and now I'm so sad its over! Definitely must do a reread now that I can see the Ledgens from new eyes! The post notes at the end are priceless as well.

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  • Michael
  • 2020-05-07

Deep thought

Michael did a great job with some of the lessons he shared through his stories. That being said measured against his original work this was far below expectations as a series. I just started reading the originals again and this book sounds nothing like Michael. Bring back the old Michael for the next series! This story was just all over the place. I really wanted to like it, and in part I did but overall I realized I really don't.

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  • Wyatt Tompkins
  • 2020-05-05

Exceptional!!

Tim Gerard Reynolds again at his best! Capturing my imagination from the beginning with his narration from the Riyria Chronicles. Micheal J. Sullivan is by far my favorite author! I can't wait to see his next series whether its set in the Empire/Riyria or not. You'll have my money Audible!

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  • Elijah B Chavez
  • 2020-05-09

I completely loved it

The books were simply amazing. They brought up feelings for characters that you want to and don’t want to feel while reading a book. I can honestly say that this book series got me hooked to some of these characters on a personal level.
I’ve never left a comment under a book before but this one definitely deserves it.

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