By: Mark Tompkins
Location: FIC TOm
Genre: Fantasy- Historical Fiction
Fantastic . . . an honest, beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read."
--DIANA GABALDON, THE WASHINGTON POST
"A fantastical treat."
sweeping and intricate . . . Tompkins's amazing debut novel conjures an
epic battle for the soul of Ireland. Filled with papal machination and
royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and
queens, angels and goddesses, this is one wild and breathless ride."
--KAREN JOY FOWLER
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.
major players in THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC are many. Fighting for Ireland
and to save the Nephilim are Aisling, one third of the triune goddess
Morrigna; Liam, Aisling’s half-sidhe protector; Conor, Aisling’s
significant other; Rhoswhen, a sidhe priestess/witch; Fearghal, the
sidhe high king and Rhoswhen’s father; and Brigid, a druid priestess.
The English that feature prominently include Richard II, Chaucer, and
Robert de Vere (9th Earl of Oxford). The members of the Catholic church
include Cardinal Orsini (the chief exorcist) and the legate. Members of
the French court include Queen Isabeau of France and her daughter,
Isabella. Those of undecided loyalties include Jordan, a hireling of the
Catholic church who studies magic and witchcraft in secret, and Najia, a
witch that Jordan initially takes as a slave and later frees.
such a large cast of characters, you might think it would be hard to
keep track of everyone. It’s not, thank goodness! Each character has
their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. The characters,
especially Jordan, are intricate. Is Jordan a good guy? Or is he a bad
guy? It was great fun trying to guess. Aside from Jordan, Richard II is
pretty much my absolute favorite aspect of this book. Tompkins does a
great job of showing his megalomaniacal side while still infusing enough
pathos for me to feel sorry for him and his fate. - Bridgette
the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to
ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a fantasy adventure with
the shifting perspectives of dreamscape. A novel rich and strange."
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. - Jaime