Age of Myth
The Legends of the First Empire - Book #1
by Michael Sullivan
I'm a big fan of epic fantasy, and I'm always on the lookout for a new series to catch my eye. Michael Sullivan did such a fantastic job on "Beneath the Red Sky" that I just had to pick up book 1 of his new fantasy series.
It turns out that this is a prequel series -- I haven't read the originals -- and takes place thousands of years before the main sequence. Imagine if Robert Jordan had written about the Age of Legends, or Tolkien had written about bronze age hobbits. That's what Age of Myth is: a story about bronze age humans in a fantasy world.
The story starts off like a typical fantasy series: a young man confronts a bad guy, accidentally wins, and his life is changed forever. His name is Raithe, and he is known as the God Killer for killing a Fhrey, whom the humans (Rhunes) think of as gods. They aren't gods, but with their magical Art, epitomized by a Miralyith named Arion, they appear to be gods after all. We also meet a widow named Persephone, a mystic named Suri, and a half dozen other supporting characters.
The story is tense and solid, and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as the book went on. It's no Wheel of Time, but it's a solid start to what appears to be an exciting new fantasy series!