The Legends of the First Empire - Book 1
I was so excited to hear about this book - the first in a new series by one of my fave fantasy authors - and thank all the little gods, I LOVED IT!
Age of Myth tells tales from long, long ago in the world that we've come to know over the Riyria books and they aren't quite as they've been handed down over the millenia! *LOL*
On some levels, it's your typical big fantasy book, there are elves and dwarves and humans and demons and magic and mystics, but that's just a framework. The world-building is great - very consistent with what I have come to expect from the Riryia books, which is a good thing. The plot works for me - others might find it similar to other things they've read before and maybe it is. Hell, I've been reading epic fantasy for over 40 years, so yeah, many parts are familiar, but... BUT I love the author's voice and the way he creates his characters - I LOVE the characters! They have flaws, they're not all gorgeous and capable, they have secrets and some of them have plans... BIG plans. And as for that plot, well, I can honestly say that almost all the important twists I didn't see coming until I was expected to see them coming.
One thing that I love about Sullivan's writing is his sense of humour. I love it! I actually chuckle out loud while I'm reading at times. And it's not that the book is supposed to be funny, okay, it's not Robert Asprin here. People are funny and Sullivan knows this, so his characters are funny at times. Malcolm and Raithe especially. Apropos of the humour, seldom am I moved to highlight passages from books, but I did this one:
"It was what the tree said to do. And if you can't trust an ancient talking tree, what was the point of having one?"
I loved that!!
In the end, I loved my read and I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out this summer! (BTW, Sullivan writes his whole series before he publishes the first book, so there are no worries about not getting the end of the tale!)