Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

While I didn’t enjoy it as mush as the first one, it is still a really good book. We start off pretty much straight after the last one and are reintroduced to the same characters as before. Also fairly minor characters from the first book have a much more prominent presence now though the POV’s remain the same I think. The scope gets bigger and we see more places than before including a good chunk in a Dherg (dwarf) city. Raithe takes a bit of a back seat in this one but Persephone and Suri are front and center which is no bad thing at all. We also spend some more time with the heir apparent of the Fhrey (not even trying to spell his name) and I enjoyed the political aspect of this though the character himself is annoying, which I gather he is meant to be as an adolescent. 

One of my only criticisms is the ramp up of technology in an incredibly short period of time. We basically have the invention of the wheel, writing, the bow and arrow, and iron in the space of a couple of months. There are mitigating circumstances in this in that other races already have it and help accelerate the process but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the concepts were invented by basically two people. Now I actually do like the fact that the author is bringing this up as I think it is a fair criticism of too many fantasy series about the staleness of society but it was the timeline that bothered me. Too much, too soon but I acknowledge that there is a timeline here that needs to be maintained and so it can’t be drawn out over centuries.

Other than this fairly minor issue I had I really love this series and am very eager for the next instalment. We’re only on book two of six, and all at least partially written!

4 stars out of 5

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