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The Devil in Green (Dark Age #1)

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Humanity has emerged, blinking, from the Age of Misrule into a world substantially changed: cities lie devasted, communications are limited, anarchy rages across the land. Society has been thrown into a new Dark Age where superstition holds sway. The Tuatha De Danaan roam the land once more, their terrible powers dwarfing anything mortals have to offer. And in their wake c ...more
Paperback, 453 pages
Published March 11th 2004 by Gollancz (first published October 17th 2002)
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Clay
One of the things that annoys me about narratives based on a painful and bloody struggle against terrific odds and powerful opponents is that after several hundred pages, or even a thousand, of grim, back-against-the-wall situations, the authors wind everything up in three pages of happy ending. So after hours of reading about pain and suffering, readers are given only two or three minutes of pleasure as a reward, which hardly seems fair.

Mark Chadbourn, however, has sunk to new depths in his ser
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Joy
This is no frills story telling with most of it carried out in dialogue. The characters seem rather flat to me. I never came to like them enough to care what happens. The hero is weak although he carries the title Brother of Dragons and a corresponding magic sword which seems mostly useless as far as the story went.

The premise is that civilization is destroyed when the dimension that contains myth, fairy, magic and gods leaks back into our world. The first book features the Green Man. Neo-pagans
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Tim Miller
'The Devil in Green' is the darkest, most captivating adult fantasy novel I've read in a long time. It blends history and myth into a post-apocalyptic Britain setting. The main character Mallory is nearly an anti-hero, with an uncaring attitude that slowly transforms into true chivalry by the end of the novel. Filled with horror and hypocrisy of both mythological, and biblical proportions, this book brings the reader to a medieval realm of mysterious forces beyond the fragile advent of human civ ...more
Espen
The book is well-written, continuing the story that has made Mark Chadbourn one of the few authors that manage to put an unique twist on the King Arthur/Celtic/Holy grail-type plot. Still, because of the strong attacks on religion in general and christianity in particular, I would not recommend this book to everyone. Try it if you like, but don't expect to be unaffected by the zealotlike belief that underpins his stories.
Travis Bughi
When I started this book, it seemed full of promise and fantasy. However, by about halfway through, it slipped into this realm of mystery that completely left me drumming my fingers waiting for something, anything, to happen. I ended up giving up about 3/4 of the way through the book.
Tristan
The dark age series is the first serie I've read by Mark Chadbourn but I must say it was a very refreshing series to me.

The first book in the series is this one, though, there's no problem reading the second book first because it has no spoilers and it's at the same time as the first book.

here's what I liked about The Devil in Green: it's pretty much a new setting to me, and I do not mean the post-apocalyptic thing he's got going on. It's the fact that he weaved legends and myths very cleverely
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Stefan
The Devil in Green takes place shortly after the end of Always Forever, the final book in Mark Chadbourn's Age of Misrule trilogy, which described the return to our lands of legendary creatures and gods, so old and powerful that their memories became the basis for many of our myths. Now the final battles are (seemingly) over, and humanity slowly tries to come to terms with the realities of the new Dark Age, society as we know it is practically gone: electricity, fuel and communication are virtua ...more
Despair
My first book in the 3 trilogies. At first, it was incredibly difficult to follow. However, the authors depiction of a world undergone through primeval de-evolution of the world's current sight to a world of mysticism and something more fulfilling. What will make you appreciate this book is not the happy ending, but the fact there's more and this is not but a prelude to a more cataclysmic event that will shake both the story and your reading experience. As someone a bit younger than many others, ...more
Susan Weller
I was so excited to read this book based on the cover and the description and while it is a decent book, it really didn't live up to my expectations. This could have been an amazing tale, but to me it spent way too much time pondering the nature of good and evil and the role of religion. I wanted to see more of the mythical figures that came into being in this world. More background on those and the landmarks they inhabit would have made it wonderful.
Can there be evil within in a religious order
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Cat Tobin
I really enjoyed the prequel trilogy, World's End, but this was a disappointment. The characters were varied and interesting, but the plot felt very forced, all dramatic tension completely disappeared in the middle, the protagonist's motivation was never really explained and the ending was weak.
Matthew
The protagonist spends almost the entire book hanging out with a bunch of Christians in a cathedral and complaining about how foolish their dogmatic approach to religion is... unsurprisingly, even though I'm sympathetic to his viewpoint, this was a real drag to read & I was constantly wondering why he didn't just skip out to go join the hippie camp with the people he actually liked - there was only a very brief & vague explanation about duty/ redemption that really didn't make up for the ...more
Keziah Horne
Set in an alternate contemporary Britain where the trappings of modern life that we are so used to have been rendered redundant by the re-emergence of ancient, terrifying forces. The characterization was slightly lazy (stock reluctant hero with a shady past) but I found myself far more interested in the events than the character relationships. The idea of a society effectively thrown back in time and forced to live in fear and superstition is intriguing and disquieting and the author brilliantly ...more
Suburbangardener
This is the first of the second trilogy of the "Age of Misrule" books. I found it a better read than the first trilogy, as, instead of a mad race across the country, the main characters are stuck, for better or worse, in one place. The themes of the universality of beliefs and the ill effects of narrow-minded dogmatism really appealed to me. I was reminded of something (I think it was Star Trek): a society that starts by burning books, ends up burning people.
PsypherPunk
This book annoyed me. It annoyed me immensely. From the clichéd characters, the insipid "Neo-pagan 101" diatribes, the 'why-bother' modern-but-not setting to the downright infuriating ending, it annoyed me. But I still read it in its entirety and at no point did I doubt that I would. But, ye gods, it was annoying.
Sofia Nitchie
not so impressed after a chapter and a half. Where are the females? The characters so far seem one dimensional and the dialogue needs a boost. think ill skip it
Catherine
A brilliant, engaging tale that weaves Celtic folklore and ancient spirituality with human reactions to a post-apocalyptic world.
Tami
I'm a sucker for magic...good and evil and a challenge to organized religion. Well done in this book.
David
Part of nine book series.
Susi
Amazing characters (so in love with Mallory), great imagery, not so sure of the switch between dark fantasy and fairytale
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Lori
May 28, 2010 Lori marked it as to-read
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A two-time winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, Mark has published his epic, imaginative novels in many countries around the world. He grew up in the mining community of the English Midlands, and was the first person in his family to go to university. After studying Economic History at Leeds, he became a successful journalist, writing for several of the UK's renowned national newspaper ...more
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