By Mark L. Tompkins
“Fantastic . . . a good, fantastically distinct publication and an interesting read.”
—DIANA GABALDON, THE WASHINGTON POST
"A fantastical treat."
“Simultaneously sweeping and complex . . . Tompkins’s extraordinary debut novel conjures an epic conflict for the soul of eire. choked with papal machination and royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and queens, angels and goddesses, this is often one wild and breathless ride.”
—KAREN pleasure FOWLER
“Plundering the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a fable event with the transferring views of dreamscape. a singular wealthy and strange.”
What grew to become of magic on the earth? Who had to cast off it, and for what purposes? Drawing on delusion, legend, fairy stories, and Biblical mysteries, The final Days of Magic brilliantly imagines solutions to those questions, sweeping us again to a global the place people and magical beings co-exist as they'd for centuries.
Aisling, a goddess in human shape, used to be born to rule either domain names and—with her dual, Anya—unite the Celts with the robust faeries of the center state. yet inside medieval eire pursuits are divided, and much from its beaches higher forces are mustering. either England and Rome have a stake in using magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disappointed Europe, has outfitted a profession on such plots. yet more and more he reveals himself torn among responsibility and his wish to comprehend the magic that has been forbidden.
As kings organize, exorcists assemble, and divisions widen among the warring clans of eire, Aisling and Jordan needs to come to phrases with powers given and withheld, whereas an international that could nonetheless foster magic hangs within the stability. Loyalties are verified, betrayals sown, and the arrival warfare can have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and particularly for a tender graduate scholar named Sara Hill.
The final Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for strength, human frailty, and the eager for wisdom that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a notable tale—a feat of world-building that poses staggering and resonant solutions to epic questions.
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The tide went out early that morning. Ty had carried Jordan’s trunks into the captain’s cabin, then carried the captain’s issues out, to his muted proceedings. within the depth of the evening sooner than, Jordan had now not considered how he used to be going clarify his new bodyguard, however it grew to become out to not be necessary—no one challenged him with Ty following one step at the back of. five the 2 traces [angels and people] united with one another to execute every kind of iniquitous deeds. the results of the marriages among them have been the Nephilim, whose sins introduced the deluge upon the realm. . . . The flood used to be produced via a union of the male waters, that are above the firmament, and the feminine waters issuing from the earth. . . . Upon the entreaties of Noah, God despatched down the angel Raphael, who banished nine-tenths of the unclean spirits [Nephilim] from the earth, leaving yet one-tenth for Mastema [chief of the Nephilim], to punish sinners via them. —Book of Jubilees (circa a hundred BCE), lifeless Sea Scrolls Republic of Venice Six Weeks Later solar infrequently chanced on its means right down to the darkish ribbon of water the place the slim boat slipped silently alongside. Venice, status in a lagoon of the Adriatic Sea off the northeast nook of the re-created Papal States, was once a urban of shadowy passages and the capital of its personal republic the place exchange governed. exchange that consisted of clandestine actions and data as usually because it did in additional tangible, yet much less useful, commodities. Jordan, wrapped in his heavy cloak to chase away the December chilly, sat impassively within the middle of the sandolo, unconcerned that the boat’s freeboard used to be pressed all the way down to inside an inch of the water, threatening to swamp them. the reason for the boat’s misery used to be the heavy Ty, who stood at the back of him operating the boat’s unmarried lengthy oar with one hand. Jordan had merely to indicate a gloved finger to point a flip from the Rio Nuovo canal into Rio di San Pantalon and a moderate circulate of the large hand at the oar glided the sandolo round the nook with out a drop of water splashing onto Jordan’s boots. The boat became onto Rio delle Muneghete, traveled a quick distance alongside the lengthy, curved canal, then lightly bumped opposed to a small dock. Jordan stepped out, tied up the sandolo, and glanced approximately sooner than commencing the door to the construction. Ty him inside of. whilst Jordan bought the Vatican’s summons to this handle, he utilized his huge skills to getting to know what went on right here. He discovered that it used to be during this nondescript stone development, in the middle of a jumble of equally nondescript constructions, the place 4 many years past Egidio Albornoz, ahead of changing into a cardinal and the main feared guy in Europe, first got here to devise the go back of the pope to Rome. The French had effectively conspired to maneuver the papacy to Avignon, leaving Rome and the Papal States to fracture into warring towns. Albornoz’s audacious plan was once to elevate a military of condottieri, reconquer the previous Papal States, after which forcibly extract the pope from Avignon, restoring the Roman Church.