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The Last Days of Magic 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 uestions 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 and with her twin Anya unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom But within medieval Ireland interests are divided and far from its shores gre This is an intricate tale of the loss of magic in the world I love that idea that magic once existed and through historical events was lost or destroyed It’s not completely original but the amount and complexity of history lore and myth that author Mark Tompkins weaves into his story is very original The first half of the book feels almost history book than fictional novel We learn huge amounts of myth and legend of 14th century western Europe I am in awe of Tompkins ability to connect so much lore into his tale We get palace intrigue and loads of Irish tradition and custom but we also get Vikings and Celts and fairies and witches and leprechauns and pixies and demons and brownies and druids Whew we even get goddesses and the gods themselves As much as I enjoyed all the mythical backstory therein lies the central issue History and folklore were chosen over plot Not that this tale doesn’t have a clear and epic plot it’s just overwhelmed by backstory In the first half of the book anytime we start to get some momentum in the story we stop backup and hear the background of some creature or angel or legate In my opinion story should always win out over history no matter how interesting that background may be Think “Lord of the Rings” filled with lore and legend but never at the expense of plot or character development never enough to spoil the paceAnother one of my challenges to enjoy this tale was that I never liked any of the characters Nearly everyone in the book is wicked There is betrayal and murder and treachery and infidelity abound I don’t mind heaps of evil in my reading but I prefer it to be offset with a bit of good Morally this book is closer to “Game of Thrones” than it is “Lord of the Rings” We have witches killing newborn babies to use their fat to render magical candles and organ eating demons At least Game of Thrones has John Snow and Daenerys TagaryenThere is also a pretty clear animosity for the Roman Catholic religion I’m guessing if you’re of Irish decent and have done significant historical research you would find this to be justified However some of the evilest characters in the story are the Catholic Exorcists Bishops and even the extremely greedy and dark Pope The English royal class are idiotic hedonists and easily manipulated and French Royalty are controlled by a malevolent Witch Coven Once again maybe there is historical evidence to support much of this but at least give me someone to root forIn the end I’m sill going to give this book three stars The pace improves the second half with some epic battles mayhem and lots of drama All the backstory and exposition are at least interesting enough that I still wanted to read And you can’t help but be impressed with the shear magnitude of tale Descriptions are vivid and locations are interesting If you’re a fan of western European folklore and history this is a must read for you If your looking for a character driven story to lose yourself in this is probably not the magic you are looking for

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Download Mobi Æ The Last Days of Magic ¸ 395 pages é [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Last Days of Magic By Mark Tompkins – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 bIll foster magic hangs in the balance Loyalties are tested betrayals sown and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later in today’s world and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with uests for power human frailty and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale a feat of world building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic uestions From the Hardcover edition 15 stars I didn't like itBetween the blurbs and the eye catching cover the publisher did a phenomenal effort with this novel Few synopses have grabbed my attention and set off my definitely want to read this bells as much as this one It has all the wonderful fantastical things An epic novel of magic and mysticism Celts and faeries mad kings and druids and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the EarthUnfortunately it all fell apart in execution There was an overabundance of characters yet a dearth of character development The novel is plot driven yet central plot points are rushed and undeveloped The story unfolds in a non linear manner jumping abruptly forwards sideways and backwards but was done in a style that felt like an incohesive tangle of short vignettes It comes across like writing geared towards a juvenile target audience but with nonessential adult sexual situations randomly thrown in as if to remind the reader that this book is for grown upsThe author had a brilliant idea and fascinating subject matter but the writing style killed it all for me Sadly deciding to DNF this one at 50% First Sentence When Sara Hill’s body washed up on shore the police concluded—logically given the lack of injuries—that she must have accidentally fallen overboard and drowned

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Ater forces are mustering Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle Jordan the Vatican commander tasked with vanuishing 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 forbiddenAs 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 st I really loved this book Set in medieval Ireland half goddess Aisling the Celts and Sidhe faeries battle against Vatican forces and England’s King Richard II At stake is the very existence of magic The story is rich and complex crafted as a sort of pseudo history that asks what if the stories of witches spells and demons once were true? The world in this novel felt wholly alive—it’s clear the author has done immense research and it shows on every page Not only was the story engrossing but I also felt that I learned a lot about medieval history and Irish folklore which is exactly what I look for in a read Definitely one for history buffs and fantasy fans alike