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Age of Legend

Book Four of The Legends of the First Empire
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Legends of the First Empire, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

Each culture has its own myths and legends, but only one is shared, and it is feared by all.

With Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and the New York Times best-selling Age of War, fantasy master Michael J. Sullivan riveted fans with a tale of unlikely heroes locked in a desperate battle to save humankind. After years of warfare, humanity has gained the upper hand and has pushed the Fhrey to the edge of their homeland, but no farther. Now comes the pivotal moment.

Persephone’s plan to use the stalemate to seek peace is destroyed by an unexpected betrayal that threatens to hand victory to her enemy and leaves a loved one in peril. Humanity’s only hope lies in the legend of a witch, a forgotten song, and a simple garden door.

©2019 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2019 Recorded Books
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Too much like a build up for next book

I am a huge fan of both author and narrator. What I have against this book is that not that much happens. When it finally does, the book ends. The entire book feels like a build up for the coming book.
I am of course looking forward to reading the next book, because I am invested in the story line, but I don't get why this book was not made shorter and then merged with the next book.

The narrator was great as usual and writing style of the author still great. I am just sitting with an empty feeling of an unresolved story.

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Built and built into a fantastic ending.

I've thoroughly enjoyed this series and the characters, yet almost found myself struggling in the middle of this one. However, it didn't last long- and could have been due to my mind racing with COVID19 etc. -but the second half...wow! What an adventure again. Suspense and mystery unbound. Fantastic. Here's to the next one. Awesome narration too.

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Age of boredom is more realistic

What started as a reasonable series has morphed into a flat and egocentric babble.
The thick as a plank tribe, begin making leaps of technological advance that would eclipse Einstein, while in every other way remaining dull as dishwater.
Don't waste your time on this young adult fantasy mock-up. There are plenty of worthwhile novels available.

Slow, dull and sacrificing storytelling in order to introduce us to god awful characters that don't inspire anything other than sleep.
I genuinely don't know what other reviewers found in this book or how it has such a high rating????

My advise give it a miss!

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Disappointing Ending - What Happened?

I am in two minds about this book. One minute you are in the present, then it skips 5 years .. Very little explanation about the events of those 5 years!

We pick up again in the Harwood Forest, where things have reached an impasse. Some of the characters are now being shown in their true light, which is not very flattering. I got the impression this book was a filler.

The ending could, in my opinion, have been better.

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Can't wait

fantastic great narration slow but this is the first thing you would take a while to get into it can't wait for the next day after this build-up

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Stepping stone story

Humph... well that’s another book down and having to wait for the next. Pretty annoying to have to wait, as the story, for all it was good, didn’t go anywhere, it was a filler book, a stepping stone book, the book in between where you have to wait for the next.
For an author with a self proclaimed different writing style and having written all the books already, you have to wait an awfully long time for the next.
Hurry up the next release please I need to know what happens.
Really getting into this series and intrigued to know how it ends

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Smile

Lovely to be once again reunited and immersed in Sullivan's writing. His world and characters are magically brought to life by Renolds skilled narration. I particularly like the tone achieved by author and narrator. Just right, neither grim nor shallow it has depth and humour with a lightness of touch. These books make me smile. The only downside is the wait for the next book.

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Captivating, emotional, enjoyable

The series gets better and better, simply can't wait to listen to the next part and the performance of he narrator adds so much character to the beautifully written and well crafted story...cant wait for book 5 & 6 to be ready. This is my first vision into this world and will certainly listen to the other series as definitely one of my favourites 😎

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nothing really happened

this book is mostly just about building up to the next book, setting the board so to speak.

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very short book compared to the others...

the story wasn't progressed greatly and it was surprisingly short for a book that's taken a while to appear. The writing is of the same standard as ever so that's a plus, but I really wanted more from this book. I supposed I'll just have to wait for the next installment!

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  • Nancy Wallace
  • 14-07-19

Half a book

As always I truly enjoy Michael J Sullivan’s books. Picks right up where the previous book in this series left off and I could not stop listening. Then it just stopped. I felt like I had read half a book. Really no conclusion. I wished I had waited until the next book came out and read as one. I suggest you do this. Ending-really no ending - very unsatisfying. That is why 4 stars not 5

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  • Perrins2win
  • 12-07-19

Entirely a transition Novel

I love Michael J. Sullivan's novels. I Love Tim Gerard Reynolds Narrations, in this and his other projects. You should not red this book until the next one comes out..

I was really looking forward to both reading this book and hyping it by giving it a great review. I am unable to do that.

Unfortunately, this book never really got off the ground. there is a whole lot of what I would judge as important plot movement devices here but nothing ever comes to fruition. I kept waiting for one of these plot lines to go somewhere and accomplish something but none of them did.

Important characters started development arcs, The war progresses without accomplishing anything, and several hints are dropped about future developments, and then the book just stops.

I'm Absolutely positive that the next book is going to be stuffed to the gills with awesomeness, but this one seems to be just a setup for that.

With that warning delivered. The content of the book was fairly good, though not up to the author's usual standard. The characters, with very few exceptions are two dimensional. People do things without any real exposition as to why they would do that thing. People are either deliriously happy or riding on the horns of soul deep conundrums without any real shading. A lot of that is understandable of you have read previous novels in the series, but not really all that much within this book.

Usually, I have to fight to put down one of these books from this author, and I wanted to do so with this one. But I have to admit that I found it easy to do so whenever the real world intruded.

And Lastly, lest I neglect to give the big kudos where it is deserved. Tim Gerard Reynolds was awesome as always. seamless character transitions, strong differentiation, and powerful engagement styling.

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  • Kyle
  • 12-07-19

Bit of an eye roller

I'm a Sullivan fan but Tim G is the only thing thing held this book together for me.

Age of Legend was easy to listen to, but this was easily the worst in series. Not a whole lot happens in this book other than previously cool characters disappointing you until something is about to happen.
It's kinda weird. I want to know what happens next, but I don't think I'd be upset if all the characters died in the beginning of the next book.

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  • William G. Adkins
  • 12-07-19

Incredibly Dissapointing

I have read the majority of Michael J. Sullivan books and have always been enthralled by them. But this was one of the biggest let downs I have had in a long time in a series. After waiting almost a year to pick the series back up from what was an incredible start, I can't even finish. The story is bouncing around all over the place, fast-forwarding multiple years in the turn of a page, and seems to have absolutely no cohesion to the previous storyline. I'm about halfway through and I am absolutely lost! I will most likely try to finish the book and hopes that the continuation of the series gets better.

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  • jwdeaver
  • 14-07-19

Should have waited for other reviews

Other reviewers are 100% correct on this one. This book is a transition story. The plot is barely driven forward, and very, very little actually happens in this book. If you have been following the story so far, I'd wait until another book comes out before getting this one.

I was actually shocked when the end of the audiobook came. I thought it may have been a multi-download audio book.... but no.

As a minor spoiler, the plot summary for the previous book is almost perfectly applicable to this book... except the previous book actually progresses the story.

I feel a bit cheated by this one.

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  • Cameron N
  • 14-07-19

Good book, but obviously unfinished

This book felt like a slap in the face. I love Michael Sullivan's books because every one of them before this has told a complete story. This one fails to do so and is obviously a cash grab, either by him or his publisher.

While Age of Legend is good, it's incomplete. I would say 2/3 complete at best. I don't know if Sullivan made the call or his publisher did, but this reeks of what Tor did with the middle books of Wheel of Time. I was listening to this book after having waited since 3-4 days after the completion of the last book, thought I was halfway through, started a six hour road trip and it ended half an hour in. I thought there had to be some mistake! Audible maybe didn't download the whole thing. Nope, this book is incomplete. It's a slap in the face for his long-time fans.

As far as the audiobook goes, Tim Gerard Reynolds is a fantastic voice actor. He speaks clearly and does some funny voices. He's not the best at imitating female characters, but his representation of their voices makes that all the better. For content, aside from the book being half-finished, I didn't walk away from this book thinking "I got a lot that wasn't in previous books." I did, however, like the (one) new character that had been introduced later. There's less Gifford, less Roan, less Suri, almost no Persephone, a little more Brin, and a LOT more Tesh. Overall, had this been a complete story, I would have genuinely enjoyed the book. The wise character introduced later, M, was well represented. Even with the little time spent on their story and purpose made me sympathize with M and empathize in my own way.

This book could have been excellent, but it's missing too much. I'm not even excited for the next book. I'm going to get it (I have the next two on pre-order and have since before this book came out), but I'm no longer looking forward to the next one with urgency and anticipation. I'll only read/listen when I feel the need to get closure. This book is a betrayal to your base Mr. Sullivan. Please don't release anything like it again. Go back to your excellent way of making each book a patch on a quilt, that is to say, an entire self-contained story and part of the greater whole all in one.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-08-19

Cop out to get it out quicker and make more money

It's only half a book! The last third is stretched out to fill the book without any real substance...

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  • Lisa
  • 16-07-19

Age of Legend

Okay, I too am a Michael J Sullivan fan, but I agree with his other fans. Don't read this book until the next in the series. You will be very disappointed. I too would like to know what Mike and or his publisher were thinking. I was so disappointed when this book ended "mid scene" so to speak, and they expect us to wait another two years and pay another $25. At this rate it will probably take another for or five more books to finish the series. I couldn't believe it ended when it did! I'm tired of paying $100 on a book when all four books should have been a single. I'm done with this series. Tim Gerard Reynolds was at his best as usual. I love Michael J. Sullivan, but can no longer support this way of publishing. Very disrespectful to his fans. Read the series that includes the Crown Tower and the Heir of Novron. You will definitely enjoy them much more.

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  • Derek Champagne
  • 15-07-19

Where’s the rest?

I’m a huge fan of MJS. His stories are just wonderful. Yet this book ended right as it got off the ground. This would have been Part 1 in any other epic fantasy book, a mere 14.5 hours of read time.

I and my family were so excited for this book and I was the first one to read it. Two days later I unfortunately had to relay the information that is consistent in the reviews that you might as well wait for the next book. I’m not even sure Audible should’ve taken an entire credit from me for this.

The story line is great and did not disappoint. I just wish he would’ve finished the book before charging me for it.

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  • Shannon Harvey
  • 11-07-19

Disappointed

I’m will start by saying that I am a huge Sullivan fan. I have been waiting for this book for months and I read all of his books many times. That being said I felt like he let his fans down with this book. About half the way through I started thinking of this book like the middle books of the wheel of time. It doesn’t move anything in the story along more than a few chapters worth of information. I hope that the next book is better for the sake of the series and Sullivan’s reputation.

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