2022 Re-read: I think I appreciated this one a lot more the second time around, having read Nolyn & Farilane, I feel much closer to the characters and the story, despite it being a setup for the rest of the series, it manages to captivate and is able to stand on its own. Bumping my rating up to 4.5 stars!
Original 2016 review:
Here’s the thing, I started Age of Myth while The Death of Dulgath was still very fresh in my memory. Seeing how Age of Myth is set in the same universe, only 3000 years earlier than the events in The Riyria Revelations, I was fully expecting to experience more of the same magic that Royce & Adrian create (seriously, I can’t get enough of those two).
Because of this, I was a bit disapointed at first, more than I had any right to be. Michael J. Sullivan clearly stated that this was a completely new series with new characters and just the occasional hint / easter egg to tie the two series together.
Reading Age of Myth, it’s clear to me that this is the first part in an epic fantasy series. The build-up is expansive and the plot moves around rather slowly while all the pieces are set up. It does tend to ramp up a bit near the end, but you can already feel the epic scale that this series will represent and, in light of that, the ending is just a little underwhelming, as it just sets the stage for the actual story to begin.
Apart from that, Age of Myth offers multiple, strong characters, solid writing, a tangible world / athmosphere and multiple interweaving story lines, all of which, apart from the main storyline, are closed up nicely by the end of the book, without feeling forced.
All that aside, I enjoyed Age of Myth as a standalone novel, but I’m convinced that my feelings on this will change (for the better) once the entire series is published & read. It’s a solid enough book on it’s own, but knowing that there is so much more to come, makes me hungry for more and also a little dissapointed that I now have to wait 4 more years before the entire series will be out…