First in a six book series. Legends of the first Empire.
I havn't read any of Sullivans other series so i'm not sure how it fits in, except for the fact that it is set in the same world but 3000 years before the other books.Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer; Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom; and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.
This novel did a good job of setting the scene. It is a small twist on the norm with humans (Rhunes), Elves (Fhrey) and Dwarfs (Dhereg), but doesnt stray far from the norm. At the start the Fhrey are set up as being God like while the humans are seen as primitives living in wooden huts and belonging to small clans until an incident starts something that is going to lead to war. You can see how it is going to play out, but it does give a decent look at it from both sides as it introduces Fhrey and Rhune characters and how they come to know more about each other.
The books does a good job of setting it all up and introduces us to a bunch of great characters. This is certainly lite-fantasy, it's not Game of Thrones gritty. There is some humour and it's fast paced with some unexpected turns. It is slow burning the bigger picture at the moment with a lot of this book being about internal clan characters and dealing with a monster bear that plagues the locals. It does jump to Fhrey society and shows a little about how they live and their own internal issues which will probably be more prevalent as the series progresses.
I enjoyed this quite a bit and while it doesnt break far from fantasy tropes it's well written and fun to read.