The Last Days of Magic
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 questio ...more
A BORE, A CHORE, AND A SNORE
I thought from the cover and description that this would be a fun popcorn book, and I was very wrong. There’s neither anything fun nor popcorn about this. It’s just a long slog through a bizarre mishmash of history and is basically a big prologue for its sequel. Here’s a quick breakdown chart for this book:
You’ll notice that there’s very little actual magic here. What the reader is treated to instead is a story that takes itself way too seriously—to its own detriment ...more
Diving into a debut novel is always a bit of a gamble, but it can also prove exciting and extremely rewarding—especially when a book ends up surprising me or blowing away all my expectations. These are the moments I live for and this is exactly what I felt with Mark Tompkin’s The Last Days of Magic, a breathtaking historical fantasy saga about mysticism and mythology through the ages.
I am absolutely in love with this nov ...more
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Between the blurbs and the eye-catching cover, the publisher did a phenomenal effort with this novel. Few synopses have grabbed my attention and set off my "definitely want to read this" bells as much as this one. It has all the wonderful, fantastical things:
An epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and faeries, mad kings and druids, and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the Earth.
Unfortunately, it all fell apart in execution. There was ...more
Good atmosphere and take on "historical fantasy." The way the book layers fantastic elements on actual historical events works out well here. The setting is particularly immersive - Irish history is familiar enough in our culture to give people something to start from but feels fresh ...more
One of the reviews on the back reads "a wild grab of myth, folklore and the fantastical...". To this list I would add religion, fairy tales and "real" history. (I put quotation marks around real because there are some real historical events taking place in the book but some pretty big liberties are taken, haha.)
I love this book, it had everything. There are a couple of flashes of current day in the book but mo ...more
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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 ...more
First I would like to say to Mark Tompkins, Thank you for writing this book! I have been waiting for many years to find a book written about the Druids, Fae and the Church. I so enjoyed reading this book and I would have to say Liam was my favorite character. I love reading about the Druids and fae. Ireland always has been and always will be full of magic and I hope some day I will get there and find my relatives. I had this ...more
Some of my favorite passages included King Richard II, Queen Isabeau, and Geoffrey Chaucer. I found myself Googling them to find o ...more
This had it all, a goddess reborn, the evil that turns good, the bad that gets uglier, the love that transcends and the underlying magic that everyone secretly craves. I highly recommend that this be in your ...more
A brilliant mix of history and fantasy that rouses the spirit and enriches the mind. Mark Tomkins exhaustively researched legends stretching back to the Dead Sea Scrolls and conjured a dreamy tale set in a mythical Ireland teeming with fairies, Vikings, angels, villains and heroes. He has woven such a rich, colorful, entertaining and dreamy tale, I could not put the book down. After racing through the pages like one of the fast-moving fascinating characters, I was sorry to come to the end. I hop ...more
The story is mainly set in the 1300s, however there are a couple of leaps to the present day that at first, I thought would be very relevant to the plot but sadly ended up feeling odd and unnecessary.
In this book, we follow a vast amount of characters. Arguably, the main character might be Aisling, o ...more
In the beginning of the book, the pacing is slow. So slow that I had to switched to another book for the sake of pace. There were just so many characters introduced in the beginning and several leaps back and forth in time. I had to buckle up the courage to finish it, and Boy am glad I did. Overtime the characters diminish in numbers (Spoiler) and mo ...more
I was originally drawn to historical f ...more
Ambitious in scope The Last Days of Magic weaves together exciting strands of Celtic mythology and Biblical lore with deadly medieval mechanizations creating a rich landscape as author Mark Tompkins sets readers on a quest asking will the last days of magic truly end? Faeries, druids, warriors and witches clash as the last place of magic, Ireland, becomes a battleground between the humans who want to destroy the last vestiges of magic and the otherworldly powers that fight to keep it.