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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, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings coexist 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 stakes 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.

©2016 Mark Tompkins (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Simultaneously 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)
"Plundering 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." (Geraldine Brooks)

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Great fun

Great fun to spend a few evenings in the faerie world that Tompkins 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! Ms. Bermingham read wonderfully.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

I wasnt sure about this book when i read the summary, but I have always had a pull toward books about the fae, magic, etc, so I figured I would give this a chance - I hadnt realized how many historic figures were also part of this story, and that made it quite interesting :) Makes you ponder at least a little, if there really are fae :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great listen. Imaginative, fun, beautifully woven with historical theology.

Love the reader's voice! She does a great job with both make and female roles. She does read a bit fast, but it's in pace with exciting events in the book. I love how steeped in historical accuracies and dripping with conspiracy and theology the author brings it all together synergistically in a beautifully woven enchanted tale for adults! I also love the sexual liberation in the mind set of the people of this time.

Interesting, fun, throughly entertaining!

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I'm confused

Was I missing chapters? It seemed as if there was only 2-3 chapters set in the modern world, almost like the book was originally just set in the past and as an afterthought, the first and last chapters were added. I couldn't really enjoy the story, because it felt like something major was missing, I'm sad to say. The narrator was good, but the story felt disjointed and as I said the first and last two chapters felt like a definite afterthought

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Magical

Good balance of mix regarding magic, church and historical fiction. Very long which makes it worth the price and the number of characters kept my interest.

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Disappointed

I enjoyed the initial storyline with Sarah and her grandmother. You can tell that the writer put a lot of effort interweaving history and myth/fantasy. My problem was the main storyline.... the characters were lackluster and the plot drowned with explanations. It was hard to follow the storyline on audible with an explanation of why the characters were doing what they were doing, the history (writers history) of where they were. The explanations were often superfluous. The explanations took out any imagination and reading between the lines by the reader/listener. The characters emotions were explained... simply annoying. I did not enjoy this style. By the end, I fast forwarded to the initial plot line which takes all of 2chapters.

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I have no idea what's going on

Its read well, but I really have no idea what's happening in this book. The beginning seemed good but then a completely different story popped in and really makes no sense. I made it to chapter 8 and gave up. I thought something would develop but its just a chaotic read.

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I could only listen to it for 2 hours.

Would you try another book from Mark Tompkins and/or Sile Bermingham?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something narrated by Davina Porter Or Susan Ericksen

What didn’t you like about Sile Bermingham’s performance?

Her lisp was distracting, I kept waiting for it to go away or maybe I would get used to it but the lisp combined with her Dublin accent was too much.

What character would you cut from The Last Days of Magic?

I didn't get into it that far be cause the character development was poor. I couldn't care about any of the characters.

Any additional comments?

The book was recommended by my favorite author, Diana Gabaldon. Usually her recommendations are wonderful to read but I just couldn't make myself like this story.

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Could have been a good book!

What would have made The Last Days of Magic better?

A single storyline.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tompkins again?

Probably not.

What about Sile Bermingham’s performance did you like?

She did a great job distinguishing the different characters. She was expressive, but not overly so, and the speed was just right.

What character would you cut from The Last Days of Magic?

The one in the very beginning, I think her name was Sarah.

Any additional comments?

The concept is interesting, but the book skips around too much. Too many things going on. I found it confusing and hard to follow.

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great book

I always enjoy a book that adds a bit of history but the melding of the old stories and the church history I found really neat, allowing the listener to see both sides.