Age of Legend by Michael J. Sullivan, Riyira Enterprises, Grim Oak Press 2019 hardcover, Legends of the First Empire (Book 4) 480 pages, fantasy.
In his author’s note at the front of the book, Sullivan explains “I went even deeper into the bedrock of Elan [note: the name of the world] to create something I feel is truly special and unusual.” Also, “…this book is not self-contained as all my previous works have been. When you get to the last page, you have only completed act one of the three-act play.”
Therefore, I had been warned. So when the last page was read, and I turned to the next one and it was blank, I shouldn’t have been surprised. But I was a little shocked at the abruptness of it. Now I’ll have to wait for months, who knows how many, and that doesn’t make me happy.
I liked the book. This series, volumes 1-3, were my favorite reading for 2018. I read them back-to-back and was delighted. I’m not positive I like the new direction the first book in the second trilogy is taking things, but all I can do now is wait and see.
Honestly, this is why I almost always wait for a series to be completed and published before starting it, but this was going to be a trilogy and so with the third book out I read Age of Myth, Age of Swords and Age of War. Then I found there was more, and I was going to have to wait. So I did, as I was very engaged with the plot and characters. Now, I’ll have to wait again. Darn.
This is a very good series, but my advice would be to wait until the whole thing is published before beginning it, as I probably should have done.
Meanwhile, what are you reading?