The Last Days of Magic

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 04 Dec 2017

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Despite the bookended modern-day chapters to this story, The Last Days of Magic was a book I really enjoyed. I’m a sucker for fantasy, and this promised to tick all the boxes, promising Goddesses, witches, religion and Ireland all rolled into one.
It also has an incredibly rich mythos, that Tompkins mines for everything he’s worth. Set in the late 1300s, in the depths of Medieval Ireland, we encounter an as-yet unconquered island where the last of the faeries live together with Celts and Vikings, whilst the Roman church and the French High Coven of witches (led, somewhat bizarrely, by Queen Isabeau of France) plot to take them down. Chaucer makes an appearance. So does Richard II, and the...

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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. The Last Days of Magic follows the Vatican church trying to take over Ireland at a time where Fey are still strong and the Morrigna are there to save the day. 



The Last Days of Magic suffers from feeling too much like a history book and not much like a fantasy book. The pace was slow, the writing was oft overly descriptive and I just found it hard to read overall. I actually put it down, read a different book, and then never went back to reading it. Now this never happens as I always want to know what happens. But with this book I just...

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Sorry, this story was all over the place. I couldn't get on with it. Did not finish it, therefore no review.
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Bringing together aspects from history, myth, fairy tales and biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic tells the story of a time when magical beings and humans co-existed. Set mainly in Ireland and England, we meet men, witches, goddesses, kings, exorcists and an array of other magical creatures, fighting together and against each other for control.

Honestly, the synopsis of this book makes it sound better than it is. Although it’s based on some good ideas, the story is over-complicated and difficult to read. And, most importantly, boring. So let’s get into it…

Firstly, the book is too long, with confusing time-jumps (flashbacks and time-skips) and far too many characters. A nice idea...

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