“Mark Tompkins offers a tale that sparks the imagination and explores the multilayered relationship between truth and myth. He has also created an incredible world filled with vivid characters, capturing the complex nature of faith, love, and conflicting loyalties. A stunning, evocative debut.”
“The characters really made me care, and the entire book sort of left me panting and wondering when in the holy hell I can get more. You see, this is what historical fantasy should be. It’s real, and it’s lush and thoughtful.”
“This magical tale of how the modern Western world was born of a war between the Roman Church and the magical ancients in Ireland deserves to be a series.”
“Imagine if George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series had a sense of humor and characters (both good and evil) you didn’t hate rooting for. What if instead of a bleak travelogue and mind-numbing palace intrigue you had a mystical Middle Kingdom burrowed within Ireland and shadowy Vatican magic hunters. You don’t have to imagine it because Mark Tompkins’s novel, The Last Days of Magic, exists! My tolerance for fantasy is pretty low, but this novel never lost my interest. The characters are memorable (even the ones that don’t make it to the end), and the story contains charming magical twists on humanity’s Dark Ages”
The Last Days of Magic hits #1 in Historical Fantasy on Kobo, the worlds second largest e-book retailer.
Listen to Mark Tompkins, Nick Abadzis, Melinda Snodgrass, and Paul Cornell discuss fantasy, sci-fi, and writing.
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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, Mark Tompkins’ 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. Here, Mark sets the scene for us and explains the various traditions he drew from while writing. Read more here.
Makes The Last Days of Magic an “I-Can’t-Wait-To-Read” selection!
THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC sounds like a treasure trove of magic, fantasy and historical goodness in the grand tradition of epic fantasy books! I’m so excited about this book – just look at that awesomeness above. Celts and Druids, magic, Fae and warriors. Rome, Vikings and a fierce goddess! Read more here.
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