REVIEW: THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC by Mark L. Tompkins
Mark Tompkins debut novel THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC is a wonderful historical fantasy with a delightful mix of history and myths. Based on meticulous research, Thompson's created a beautifully imaginative world where Sidhe and the Morrigna reborn fought for Ireland against the power of Vatican and the spread of Church across Europe.
The introduction of this book hooked me up immediately. What became of magic in the world? This is the book I always wanted to read. Not only was engrossing, but I also felt that I learned a lot about Irish folklore. It took me a while to go trough it but just because I was reading it while researching online about all the legends that where mentioned here.
My beloved Ireland, a place soaked in magic , is the background of the best fantasy book I read in my life and is once more the backdrop of this enchanting, educational and though-provoking book. When did fairies stop being scary and start to look like Tinkerbell? In this book Tompkins mix both all the supernatural beings of the Celtic world and the ones from the Bible; and that intrigued me. A tale that combines the Dead Sea Scrolls, Vikings, a Celtic goddess, and Vatican plans of conquest. And you know what? Dead Sea Scroll are real, the quotes from the Bible that are reported in the book about Nephilim and demons and magic are real. This is like honey for bears for all the fantasy geek out there!
The first part of the book was quite fast, action packed and dynamic. There was a good amount on magic, violence and sex on the league of Martin's Chronicles. Tompkins create a complex and sometimes dark tale set in quite complicated world of allegiance, betrayals and loyalty. A captivating story and very well developed characters . I found this book also very informative. The Dead Sea Scroll and all the research that it must be behind this book is incredibly fascinating for all us fantasy estimator .
My only complain is regard the last part of the book that was quite slow and with too many temporal jumps and way to many battles and a little too much detail and the story bogs down. While the story itself interested me and I liked the writing, I reckon it needs some editing in this part to keep the reader inside the story.
THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC reminds me why I started to read fantasy. Read it and get lost in the green woods of Eire and in the mist of legends that still permeate Irish hills.
TITLE: The last days of magic
AUTHOR: Mark L.Tompkins
PUBLISHER: Viking (Penguin Group)
PUBLICATION DATE: 1 March 2016
GENRE: Hystorical Fantasy