The Last Days of Magic: A Novel

The Last Days of Magic: A Novel Author Mark Tompkins
ISBN-10 0143110012
ISBN-13 9780143110019
Year 2017-03-07
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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Fantastic an honest beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read DIANA GABALDON THE WASHINGTON POST A fantastical treat PEOPLESimultaneously sweeping and intricate Tompkinss amazing debut novel conjures an epic battle for the soul of Ireland Filled with papal machination and royal intrigue magic and mayhem faeries Vikings legates kings and queens angels and goddesses this is one wild and breathless ride KAREN JOY FOWLERPlundering the treasure chest of human myths from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries Tompkins has created a fantasy adventure with the shifting perspectives of dreamscape A novel rich and strange GERALDINE BROOKS What became of magic in the world Who needed to do away with it and for what reasons Drawing on myth legend fairy tales and Biblical mysteries The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co exist as they had for centuries Aisling a goddess in human form was born to rule both domains andwith her twin Anyaunite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom But within medieval Ireland interests are divided and far from its shores greater forces are mustering Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle Jordan the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe has built a career on such plots But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden As kings prepare exorcists gather and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance Loyalties are tested betrayals sown and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later in todays worldand in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power human frailty and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable talea feat of world building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions From the Hardcover edition

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