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Dark Tidings by Ken Magee
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Aug 29, 14

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Read in August, 2012, read count: 1

Tung – a young thief – finds himself in a cell in the medieval dungeon of King Mifal awaiting his early-morning torture and execution. When Madrick – Mifal’s disgraced and soon-to-be disenchanted wizard (yeah, I made a corny, double-entendre pun there) – is flung into the cell with him, he immediately enlists Tung as an essential part of his escape plan. Meanwhile, in the twenty-first century, Michael – a computer expert – is planning the robbery and destruction of what he considers the epitome of world-wide evil – the International Investment Bank of Europe (IIBE). As Michael lays the groundwork for achieving his goal, Madrick and Tung escape Mifal’s castle but are pursued relentlessly by his men. They don’t realize that both the White Wizards and the Black Wizards have also dispatched teams to capture them and retrieve the very powerful spell used in the escape. The use of the spell finally flings Tung and Madrick nearly a thousand years into the future, where they encounter and befriend Michael. The three of them combine the spell and Michael’s computer expertise in their attempt to eradicate evil from the world. They soon find that not everything is as it seems and that even the best of intentions sometimes lead to disastrous results.

Dark Tidings is a mix of fantasy and thriller with a little action and humor throughout. Keep in mind that Magee is British, so the humor is generally subtle – but nonetheless funny – and some of his turns of phrase may seem unusual. The writing style and flow have a bit of the feel of a long magazine article, but it doesn’t take long to get used to. The characters are well-developed, but their over-zealousness of action doesn’t seem to fit their purpose of bringing about world-wide good. The end of the book was extremely disappointing. On first reading it, I had the impression that the story had a minimum word count that had to be achieved, and that when it was, the writing just stopped. I did a little research and discovered that there is to be a sequel – which will presumably continue from the abrupt ending of Dark Tidings – so for the second time this month I've found myself in a “cliffhanger series.”

Dark Tidings is most suitable for fans of fantasies, techno-thrillers, and series.
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