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 coexist 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 greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have stakes 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 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 quests 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 questions.
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"Simultaneously sweeping and intricate.... Tompkins's 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 Fowler)
"Plundering 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)
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Great fun to spend a few evenings in the faerie world that Tompkins has created so masterfully. I was especially intrigued with the way he weaves his story into actual history. I look forward to learning more about the era. And I can't wait for the sequel! Ms. Bermingham read wonderfully.
I wasnt sure about this book when i read the summary, but I have always had a pull toward books about the fae, magic, etc, so I figured I would give this a chance - I hadnt realized how many historic figures were also part of this story, and that made it quite interesting :) Makes you ponder at least a little, if there really are fae :)
"An excellent read"
I really enjoyed this book it pulled on ancient documents and we've to story through centuries that was intriguing and inspired me to do more research about the dead Sea Scrolls
Was I missing chapters? It seemed as if there was only 2-3 chapters set in the modern world, almost like the book was originally just set in the past and as an afterthought, the first and last chapters were added. I couldn't really enjoy the story, because it felt like something major was missing, I'm sad to say. The narrator was good, but the story felt disjointed and as I said the first and last two chapters felt like a definite afterthought
"I could only listen to it for 2 hours."
Something narrated by Davina Porter Or Susan Ericksen
Her lisp was distracting, I kept waiting for it to go away or maybe I would get used to it but the lisp combined with her Dublin accent was too much.
I didn't get into it that far be cause the character development was poor. I couldn't care about any of the characters.
The book was recommended by my favorite author, Diana Gabaldon. Usually her recommendations are wonderful to read but I just couldn't make myself like this story.
"Could have been a good book!"
A single storyline.
She did a great job distinguishing the different characters. She was expressive, but not overly so, and the speed was just right.
The one in the very beginning, I think her name was Sarah.
The concept is interesting, but the book skips around too much. Too many things going on. I found it confusing and hard to follow.
I always enjoy a book that adds a bit of history but the melding of the old stories and the church history I found really neat, allowing the listener to see both sides.
"A delicious escape"
This book is the delicious escape filled with mysticism and a connection to the past It was the perfect summer read over the holiday. I'd recommend it to anybody. Tompkins did a lovely job of using history and stories of battles and passion to create a tale full of interesting characters and engaging subterfuges. I look forward to his next installment in the series!
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