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Age of Swords

Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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The gods have been proven mortal, and new heroes will arise as the battle continues in the sequel to Age of Myth - from the author of the Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicles series.

In Age of Myth, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan launched listeners on an epic journey of magic and adventure, heroism and betrayal, love and loss. Now the thrilling saga continues as the human uprising is threatened by powerful enemies from without - and bitter rivalries from within.

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods?

The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid - a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan, where waits an ancient adversary as fearsome as it is deadly.

©2017 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Completely falls apart in second book

I liked the first book and the overall narrative but I couldn't finish the second. It became too much of a "men who trained in combat they're whole life are stupid or evil, women who trained for less than a week are just as capable" SJW fest. Seriously, one woman invented the wheel, archery, and can forge newly discovered steel better than dwarves who have been doing it for MILLENNIA, and a 15 year old girl invents writing and translates a completely unknown language in a single day... COME ON. It's insulting, at least when Wheel of Time did it the women had to WORK for it.

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Michael J Sullivan knows how to craft a novel

His stories are always so full and complete. He is original. The characters feel real and you feel their pain and exhilaration. Loved this novel and will buy more.

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Not for mature audience but good enogh

I found it to be a good story but it is for a younger audiance. a little too predictable and simplistic. I may come back to the series but I want too see if there is another series more sophisticated.

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Ballad of the girl bosses

I really liked the first book, it had a good mix of characters, male and female, all with their strengths and weaknesses.

This book however, had all of the girl boss themed modern Hollywood TV and movie style tropes from the last decade, every male character from the first book basically just sits around, bickers and twiddles their thumbs, completely removed from anything important, while a bunch of Mary Sue girl bosses go off and save the world and are immediately great at everything with little to no training or experience.

To top it off the "Book of Brin" excerpts that are put in between chapters give away any twists that are coming up later on in the story, also it gives Brin herself and most of the people with her plot armor as thick as a dwarves head since you know she can't write these excerpts if she died.

I'm going to buy the third book, hoping that some of the male characters from the first book make an appearance again and actually do something. I know a lot of people will just think I'm a woman hater after reading this, but I can't bring anything specific up without this being full of spoilers.

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I love it

I dont think I have ever read a book by a male author with such well crafted femal characters. This and book one have been my first Introduction to Michael J. Sullivan's work and I am loving it so far. Every character is so well fleshed out. The women especially shine in this second book and but I am still enjoying the men as well. I have high Hope's for book three.

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Drivel

After reading the first book, I was really hoping this would be good, but I am quitting the series now. Every male character in this book is either evil, stupid, or useless. The only man who doesn’t fall into those categories is a cripple. The women were the only ones who did anything of consequence. I’m not sure what point this male author is trying to make, but as a woman, I find it tiresome and ridiculous. The book is also unoriginal and derivative. The author has basically replaced the Fellowship from the Fellowship of the Ring with female characters and sent them into Moria to kill a Balrog. The side stories are uninteresting, and I found the relationships between the main characters to be underdeveloped. If you want developed relationships between characters and a few smart, kind, strong men in addition to the women, I recommend Brandon Sanderson. This is drivel.

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Excellent

Every title with the word “Sword” in it is one of the better books to be sure.

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Very enjoyable.

Great characters. Great plot twists. Characters get developed more and come alive. Looking forward to the next book.

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Great 2nd book

The second book has turned out even better than the first in the series.

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excellent 2nd book

talk about ending on a cliff hanger!! thoroughly enjoyed the story thus far. looking forward to next in the series

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