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Dark Tidings (Ancient magic meets the Internet #1)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.

A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon.

In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell...
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 318 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by Ragged Cover Publishing (first published November 1st 2011)
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Jul 24, 2012 Grumpus rated it it was ok
Recommended to Grumpus by: Won free copy from author via Time Travel Group
Shelves: time-travel, kindle
First, let me first say that I had the honour (written in the King’s English in deference to the author) of winning this through a random drawing at the Time Travel group.

Second, let me state that I enjoyed my correspondence with the author, Ken Magee.

Third, let me state that I feel that everyone who wins a freebie through Goodreads should step up and provide feedback to the others who were not as lucky to win. Most do but some do not. This is my soapbox. Moving on. . .

Finally, I feel guilty. Kn
Midu Hadi
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May 12, 2015 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good fantasy story. Add in time travel and what do you get?
Dark Tidings: Ancient Magic Meets the Internet Book 1
Sound intriguing?
The book follows two separate stories for about the first third the way through. Meet Madrick and Tung: a wizard and a teenager living about a thousand years ago. By acquiring the Spell spell, they are able to make a seemingly limitless amount of spells. Unfortunately, each spell has to be used before the next one can be created.
The other story is taking place
Dean C. Moore
Jul 24, 2014 Dean C. Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-authors
Note, this review includes some Act 1 highlights.

I just finished reading this book, and what a treat it was. I’ve rarely if ever seen sci-fi and fantasy blended so seamlessly. But this is as much fast paced action adventure and thriller as it is the other two genres, so I hope you can survive the genre-bending. Done any less artfully and the mix might not have worked, but as it was, it was simply delicious. To say that I can’t wait to see this as a movie is an understatement; I can’t stop the
Kath Middleton
Apr 22, 2014 Kath Middleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an unusual cross-genre book this is, and how heartily I have laughed at and enjoyed it! There are two parallel story lines for the first part of the book, one being set a millennium ago and its two major characters being an elderly magician and a young thief. The other story line follows a young securities expert in a big bank, who discovered that money is being syphoned into the vaults of the already rich, to the detriment of the poorer savers. Incredibly, the first two characters time-shi ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hilarious
Ken Magee's tongue in cheek humor and fast pace are an absolute winner.

From the first page you can tell you have found something different and fun. Our two unlikely medieval heroes, Tung and Madrick are an absolute delight as they battle with the unpredictability of the spell spell. Their goofy ineptness leads them into all sorts of scrapes where they are forced to make the best out of the ridiculous magic that the spell spell scroll throws their way.

Magee's clever wit, his ability to play wit
Dec 21, 2011 Joo rated it it was amazing
"What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is sure, modern life will never be the same again." Now that's certainly an eye catching tag-line. It caught my eye again and again, so then I just had to read it. And, boy, is it a damn fine read.

The two stories run seperately for the early portion of the book. You know their paths will meet at some point, but it's not like you are waiting for this to happen before the story can get going. The separate stories are enjoyable in thems
Nav Logan
May 31, 2015 Nav Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

This Urban Fantasy blends the Olde Worlde with the modern cyber age with a dash of dark humour. Tung and Madrick are your stereotypical once-powerful mage and village idiot, lumbered together by ill luck. They have only one thing in common. They are both awaiting death, and it will arrive with the dawn. In desperation, they decide to unite despite their differences, and the outcome is an amusing tale. Added to this, we have Michael, a young man driven by the need for rev
Oct 29, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this story from the author Ken Magee. I've rated it 4.5 stars!

A highly enjoyable roller coaster of a story. Ken Magee must have great dreams to come up with imaginative stuff like this. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though the ending was very abrupt. But that just makes me long for the next installment!
Ken Magee
Aug 13, 2014 Ken Magee rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Dark Tidings was the first book I wrote.

I loved the story (I would say that, wouldn't I?) and even I didn't know how it was going to end until I got there.

Ancient magic meets the Internet... and how?
Katarina Nolte
Aug 20, 2015 Katarina Nolte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Tidings: Ancient Magic Meets the Internet Book 1 starts with a quote by David Rockefeller. It a hilarious fairy tale for adults about an ancient magical spell, the all powerful spell, the “Spell Spell” (sort of like homo Sapiens Sapiens).
The story consists of 63 short chapters and is told from the perspective of a medieval teenage thief by the name of Tung, and Michael, a modern day 21 year old IT techie/hacker. ... Book Review: Down at the End of the River By Angus Woodward | Katarina Nolt
Jul 03, 2014 R.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise is both original and ridiculous and personally I loved it!

The opening is great, creating a sense of despair which acts as an effective hook. The attention to detail is impressive, the imagery is clear and the plot easy to follow. The narrative style switches from dramatic to humorous to basic and the effect is brilliant at times, but occasionally a little clumsy. The issues were never significant enough to hamper the reading experience in any major way and I feel a good editor could
Clare O'Beara
This fantasy meets urban fantasy novella is great fun, with inspired action and nicely populated by characters from past and future. Suitable for young adult to adult readers.

A stolen magic scroll and a wizard who is magically unable to use it, connect with an illiterate petty thief in a dungeon. Having escaped, they are pursued by magic users after the scroll and its potential for power. The pair in desperation travel to the future; our future.

Now we know why the alternate chapters have been f
Jan 23, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from author in exchange for an honest review.I had done a poll a few weeks on Good-reads for e-book miner.This book did not win but the author was kind enough to offer it to me anyway for voting for it.I still would not have changed my vote and thank the author for this opportunity.Now getting down to business of reviewing.I second the opinion that this book is unique and there is no series out there like it.I was drawn to the put when I saw the author was influenced by my ...more
Dark Tidings is a fun blend of medieval fantasy and modern-day espionage thriller. Sounds improbable? Actually, it works rather well, and with a healthy dose of humour (which sort of reminded me of earlier Terry Pratchett novels and some bits of Jasper Fforde), this was a fun read. The humour is mostly quite subtle, and quite often relies on the language used to make the joke, hence the reminder of Pratchett.

The first part of the book has two separate stories. About a thousand years ago, Tung, a
Aug 15, 2012 Tej rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
The book's first quarter of chapters is a curious alternating mix of two very different narratives. One is a quirky fantasy tale about a wizard and a thief set a thousand years ago. These two unlikely characters are very amusing and the predicament they both find themselves in is even more so. The other narrative strand is a more slightly more serious present day tale of a computer whiz working his way into the heart of banking with a big plan. How these two completely different narrative platfo ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Miki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

To be honest at first I wasn’t sure what to think of it. I really liked the summary and the global idea but the beginning of the book wasn’t to my liking. I felt it was a bit rushed and the fact we got a chapter from the past and one from the present was a bit disturbing when I wasn’t sure where the author wanted to go and in the same time it was too predictable. Tung and Madrick are funny however it really started to appreciat
Nov 19, 2012 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tung is in the king's dungeon waiting for his punishment, but then Madrick, the King's disgraced wizard, is thrown into his cell. Thus begins Dark Tidings. As the book continues, we also meet Michael, a computer expert who is about to begin his personal war against a corrupt bank.

Luckily for Tung, Madrick has a very special spell scroll which has helped him in the past. This scroll is a very special spell scroll in that it produces random spells for the wizard to use. Unfortunately for Madrick,
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through ARR #421 in the Making Connections group, in exchange for an honest review.)

The premise of this book made it look like the kind of story I could enjoy—magic and technology mixed with a hefty dose of humour—and enjoy it I did. Granted, I thought the two storylines would converge much sooner; instead, they do after a while only, and at first I wondered when that would be. However, when the author brings them together, it all makes up for it. Besides, Tung's and
David Wailing
Nov 06, 2012 David Wailing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Tidings is an entertaining blend of genres, guaranteed to appeal to readers who enjoy 'mash-up' fiction.

For the first half, it flips between what almost feel like two different books: the sword-and-sorcery medieval fantasy that wizard Madrick and thief Tung are having misadventures in, and the modern cyber-thriller where super-hacker Michael plans to bring down the most powerful secret organisation in history.

It's when the two worlds combine that the story really kicks off. There's plenty o
Judy Teel
Oct 30, 2012 Judy Teel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Terry Pratchett, you’ll enjoy this new author and the first book in what is sure to shape up as a delightful series. Dark Tidings weaves a complicated plot entangling heroes from the far past with a hero from the present who all share a common and formidable enemy.

I especially enjoyed how Mr. Magee interwove modern conspiracy theories and current events into his story. It added a fun touch of modernism to the adventures of Tung, Madrick and Michael. There were also plenty of laughs a
Rosie Reast
Jul 08, 2014 Rosie Reast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It made me laugh as the different situations unfurled. There was one with chickens that made me laugh and cringe simultaneously.
This book is full of little bits and pieces that were well thought out and researched, but full of humour. Sometimes out loud.
Despite the humour there was plenty of peril for the characters to experience.
Can't wait to read the sequel.
Nov 28, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. It's an easy to read, light hearted novel which has a wonderful tongue-in-cheek sense of the author's presence with wry, humorous asides. From the start this novel moves along with a good pace and the pages almost turn themselves. The dialogue is snappy even when it's between the characters from ancient times which contributes to the energy of the narrative. The two fantasy characters are very endearing particularly as they struggle to cope ...more
Patricia Reding
I received a free download of Dark Tidings on Amazon. This is my fair and honest review.

If you like your fantasy to come with a healthy dose of humor, look no further than Ken Magee’s Dark Tidings. Honestly, he has a ready wit, a biting sarcastic voice that will leave you laughing out loud. In some cases it comes out in a quick description, such as by way of example: “. . . the young Tung who desperately lacked someone respectable and ethical to set his moral compass, his father being the only m
Ian Murray-Watson
Lots of interesting ideas, but didn't work for me. One of the problems is the poor characterisation, so that the three main protagonists come across as virtually identical, particularly the younger ones. There were times when I had to check back to see which one was talking, as they were so similar. The villain is pure cardboard. The style is also rather strange. I came to the conclusion after a third or so of the book that it was written for 10-12 yrs old, as the sentence structure was so simpl ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take some Monty Python’s Flying Circus and add liberal lashings of Doctor Who, James Bond and Scheherazade. Sprinkle it with a soupcon of Dad Jokes (some of them quite witty) and you have “Dark Tidings”. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Written mostly in third person narrative, and in a simple style, gives it almost a fairy tale feel, but a fairy tale for adults!

I’m glad I read it and even more glad Ken wrote it. Good job Ken. You are a true wordsmith.
Nikki Kalani
Mar 24, 2015 Nikki Kalani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the modern world of internet collides with ancient magic, that is when the real fun begins. Before that, there too much suspense of what will happen next. The suspense continues till the end but this story was more than that, it left me with so many questions and deep thoughts. The adventure that i went through, of magic plus internet world was mind blowing. The characters were so intriguing, i totally loved this story and the journey i had through this book.
Katrin Hollister
I've not finished reading this book yet, but I will for sure. A very entertaining tale with lively characters and a fascinating blend of ancient magic set in ye olden times and technology set in the modern era. The author keeps his readers entertained with a quirky cast, interesting dialogue, and yet manages to weave in something almost sinister as the story goes on. A great read.
Terry Sprouse
Mar 15, 2015 Terry Sprouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Ken MaGee has combined mile-a-minute adventure with wild humor to create a tale not soon to be forgotten.

The irresistibly humorous antics of protagonists, Tung and Madrick, is like watching a slow motion train wreck as our heroes try to control the uncontrollable legendary spell (the spell spell) to escape their jail cell and to propel themselves one thousand years into the future. Evil, however, lurks in the future where they connect with a computer hacker set on destroying a massive ban
B J Burton
Dec 06, 2012 B J Burton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a comic romp of a book with a mix of slapstick and more subtle humour, set partly in medieval times and partly in the modern world of IT and conspiracies. Original, fun, with a serious underlying theme to offset the humour. Recommended.
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Most folk believe that technology rules their lives. They’re wrong. Dark conspiracies and ancient magic actually dominate this world. My one mission in life is to open people’s eyes to that fact.

I hide behind the pretence that I write fiction to ensure I don't attract unwelcome attention; deadly attention.

My name is Ken Magee and I tell people I write contemporary fantasies which blend adventure a
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“Bildon killed Tad. Look, there’s his dagger hidden in the pot of semolina. There’s the proof,” he screamed. “It’s in the pudding.”

What an idiot, thought Madrick as he raced up the steps, the proof is always in the eating.”
“Tung felt the urge to add something to the banality. He decided to repeat Michael’s clever toast… as best as he could remember it.

“Shampoo for my real friends. Real poo for my enemies.”
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