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 EarthWhat 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 questionsAn 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 EarthWhat 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 questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co exist as they had for centuries.Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and with her twin, Anya unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today s world and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale a feat of world building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.
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A BORE, A CHORE, AND A SNOREI 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 ow [...]
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/03/01/bDiving 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 novel and its [...]
THE LAST DAY OF MAGIC is Mark Tompkins debut book. Myth and history are mixed together into a wonderful magic story. The book starts off in the present time, but then quickly moves back in time to the year 1387 where Aisling and Anya are about to celebrate their fourteenth birthday, which is also their coronation day when they will become one Goddess. But danger threatens. There are those who would do anything to stop the ceremony from taking placeAD THE WHOLE REVIEW OVER AT Fresh Fiction!
Though I was absolutely sold on the description of this novel - the history and intersection of myth, magic, fairy tales and faith - I struggled to get through it. There is a lot (a LOT) of dense history and backstory, some of it interesting, almost all of it a chore to read. I appreciate the author's vast knowledge of Catholic history and Celtic lore, but he is not good at translating that into story. It reads as if he felt obliged to cram in every morsel of information he had, storytelling (an [...]
I really loved this book. Set in medieval Ireland, half-goddess Aisling, the Celts, and Sidhe faeries battle against Vatican forces and England’s King Richard II. At stake is the very existence of magic. The story is rich and complex, crafted as a sort of pseudo-history that asks: what if the stories of witches, spells, and demons once were true? The world in this novel felt wholly alive—it’s clear the author has done immense research and it shows on every page. Not only was the story engr [...]
If the basic outline and concept appeal to you at all, I recommend this without reservation. (If you're the sort of person who wouldn't touch fantasy with a ten foot pole, well, I can't help you. Your life is dull.) 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 [...]
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.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 wa [...]
Everything I look for in a book - captivating story, fully realized characters (not all "good guys" are always good and not all "bad guys" are fully evil), and set in a fascinating mix of history and fantasy. Loved it, hope there are more to come!
Like the Book of Kells, The Last Days of Magic evokes an adjacent world of half-animal, half-god, half-human creatures wrestling with their place in a medieval Europe shrouded in desire, complexity and mystery. Mark Tompkins has imagined an intricate story of savagery and beauty connected to real world ancient texts and scripture. Reading the book is like a vivid dream, which after waking, one longs to return.
This book is hard to put down. The author paints a picture so vivid you become engrossed in the characters and their stories. I didn’t want it to end.
Great fun to spend a few evenings in the faerie world that Tomkins has created so masterfully. I was especially intrigued with the way he weaves his story into actual history. I look forward to learning more about the era. And I can't wait for the sequel!
This review was originally posted on [125pages] The Last Days of Magic is a sweeping epic that I really enjoyed, even though I was lost most of the time. I do not tend to do well with epic stories. The Lord of the Rings series almost broke me with the ridiculous amount of characters and the over description of everything. I can barely make it through an episode of Game of Thrones without asking my husband who that just was. So even knowing that, I wanted to read The Last Days of Magic, as it j [...]
Wow, this is the third "best of 2016" book I have read in the past month, a new record!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 most [...]
What a great book! Mark Tompkins’ debut tale is a wonderful story of ancient times when magic was still alive in the land of Eire. This story of conflict between the fairies (Shidhe), humans and the Church is rich with well-researched detail. The artful intertwining of facts with fiction and myth is so skillful, it’s difficult to tell which is which. The engrossing story of Aisling, the magical half-goddess and young manifestation of the Morrigna, pulled me in and kept me up late reading. I [...]
THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC will bring you into a mystical world of faeries and enchantments that you will be hard-pressed to leave. This ride through Celtic history — amidst goddesses, Celts, and Vikings — is a story rich in love, family, and history.
A publisher rep pitched this to me as "the next Lord of the Rings;" I chided her for saying so. While her comparison was faulty, her recommendation was not. This has much to my liking. It is focused in Ireland, not Finland, but it has more in common with The Kalevala, which inspired Tolkien, than it does with his own works. He certainly would not have condoned the use of biblical verses and portrayal of the Catholic Church, to which he belonged. The less said about him and the more acclaim for t [...]
I really, really enjoyed this book! It is enticing to think how magic and faerie tales are real and there is some explanation for their disappearance in the modern world. That is exactly what this book puts forth. It's set in 1300's Ireland and follows the conflict between Celts, Vikings, English, the Vatican, Irish Faeries, goddesses and witches! There are many memorable characters, I badly wanted more of Ty and the Queen of France. The mix of real history, with "real" mythology, with fiction i [...]
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 [...]
In the thirteenth century depicted in THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC, magic is still a part of the world and Ireland is one of magic’s last strongholds. The descendants of the Nephilim (i.e. the Sidhe) are still abundant in Ireland. The Catholic church, determined to destroy the Nephilim and to annex the Irish church, teams up with Richard II of England and sets its sights on Ireland. What follows is a desperate battle for control of Ireland and the magic that still resides there.The major players in [...]
Loved this novel!I lost myself in the story and stayed up late to finish it. It’s rich with fascinating history, which drew me in and made the fantasy elements come to life. The novel is written as historical fiction of a more magical version of our world. By the time I was a third of the way into the story, I had begun to forget the line between history and fiction. Some of my favorite passages included King Richard II, Queen Isabeau, and Geoffrey Chaucer. I found myself Googling them to find [...]
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from LoP.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 [...]
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 [...]
Wonderful tale full of intrigue, lust for power, magic and love. I read this in one very long sitting, I didn't want to put it down. I will admit to it taking quite a few chapters to solidify the characters as to who was who but the writing was intriguing enough I didn't really seem to care.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 [...]
Now now now. What I got from this book was a rather good history lesson. I had a few complaints about it, but the positives eclipsed the negativesIn 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 more [...]
For centuries, Ireland has awaited the return of the Morrigna, twins that can unite the Sidhe clans. When Ashling and Anya are tested at birth, it is confirmed that the Morrigna has returned at last. Trained their whole lives for this role, and protected at all times, no one foresaw the attack that would part the Morrigna and leave Ireland vulnerable to the English. This is a great story, filled with magic, rich in historical fantasy, and I hope to read more!! I received this book at the Lovers [...]
The Last Days of Magic is one of the most ambitious world-building novels I have ever had the pleasure to read. Simultaneously meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, Mark Tompkins has written an epic adventure that will make you question what has become of magic in the world. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness will love this book.
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. When I f [...]
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins seemed like the kind of book that had all of the elements that I really enjoy reading. As a huge fan of Irish folklore, I was very excited to get into it. 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, one o [...]
Myth, legend, and lore. Angels, fairies, and magic. Conspiracy. This book has it all in such compelling narrative. This story highlights a time when illiteracy was rampant and the records were what the victors made of them. Ireland relied on their fables to guide them through the mysteries of life, while the Romans were busy focusing on the power of the Vatican priests to dictate people's future. This book shines light on the struggle between the two magics.I was originally drawn to historical f [...]