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Darkest Hour (Age of Misrule) [Paperback]

Mark Chadbourn
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1 July 2009 Age of Misrule (Book 2)
The Eternal Conflict between the Light and Dark once again blackens the skies and blights the land. On one side stand the Tuatha de Danaan, golden-skinned and beautiful, filled with all the might of angels. On the other are the Fomorii, monstrous devils hell-bent on destroying all human existence. And in the middle are the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, determined to use the strange power that binds them to the land in a last, desperate attempt to save the human race.

Church, Ruth, Ryan, Laura, and Shavi have joined forces with Tom, a hero from the mists of time, to wage a guerrilla war against the iron rule of the gods. But they didn't count on things going from bad to worse ...

Darkest Hour is the stunning continuation of a powerful fantasy saga by one of Britain's most acclaimed young writers.

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  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027409
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A two-time winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, Mark has published his epic, imaginative novels in many countries around the world. He grew up in the mining community of the English Midlands, and was the first person in his family to go to university. After studying Economic History at Leeds, he became a successful journalist, writing for several of the UK's renowned national newspapers as well as contributing to magazines and TV.

When his first short story won Fear magazine's Best New Author award, he was snapped up by an agent and subsequently published his first novel, Underground, a supernatural thriller set in the coalfields of his youth. Quitting journalism to become a full-time author, he has written stories which have transcended genre boundaries, but is perhaps best known in the fantasy field.

Mark has also forged a parallel career as a screenwriter with many hours of produced work for British television. He is a senior writer for BBC Drama, and is also developing new shows for the UK and US.

An expert on British folklore and mythology, he has held several varied and colourful jobs, including independent record company boss, band manager, production line worker, engineer's 'mate', and media consultant.

Having travelled extensively around the world, he has now settled in a rambling house in the middle of a forest not far from where he was born.

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The ancient gods of Celtic mythology have returned, and all that stands between them and complete domination are five flawed mortals --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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SALES POINTS Award-winning author with a strong fan following Brilliant storytelling in a contemporary setting 'Things get fun - and surreal . . . appealingly different' Locus Chadbourn runs his own web magazine and makes full use of all his contacts with plenty of self-publicity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The continuation of an epic 9 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
The Brothers and Sisters of Dragons have succeeded in their task. The Tuatha De Danann, the Gods of ancient times, have returned to this world to fight the Fomorii, agents of darkness. But, as always with these higher beings, all is not as it seems. The Brothers and Sisters of Dragons have been manipulated from the beginning into doing the work of the Tuatha De Danann, and now they find themselves turned away whilst the Gods make plans to retake our world. With technology failing and Church devastated that the taint of the Fomorii led to the Gods' rejection of the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, they decide that their only option is to take the battle to the Fomorii themselves - but even a victory may not be as well-won as they hoped, for the return of an old friend in a new guise and a devastating revelation for Ruth may mean the end for humanity's last hope . . .
With trilogies, it often happens that the middle book becomes something of a 'filler' - something to tie up loose ends from the first book, and prepare the twists and turns of the third. Not so with Mark Chadbourn.
Although, obviously, there are matters to be resolved and cliffhangers to be created, Darkest Hour is in no way a 'filler' book - it is a perfectly-constructed novel of its own. Moving on from the general feel of despair left at the end of the first novel, this book continues to build up the characterisation of characters which was so apparent in the first book, World's End, but to a greater degree, giving room not only for velopment but also evolution of characters as they find themselves changed by the events unfolding around them.
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Picking up where 'World's End' left off this book follows the further exploits of the first book's heroes. With a summary of the story so far at the beginning, 'The Darkest Hour' is readable even if you've not read 'World's End'. As before, Church, Laura, Ruth & Shavi are battling to stop the world being overrun by creatures from Celtic legend. This time, though, the old Gods of the Celts have also arrived, having been brought back by the heroes in the previous book. The problem is that the Gods are not always nice either!
This is not the type of books classics are made of, but it stands head and shoulders above most of the urban fantasy books on the market at the moment. Fans of Charles de Lint will probably enjoy Mark Chadbourn, but be warned, this is much harsher than anything I've read of de Lint's. The characters are more flawed, more real and less arty than de Lint's. And I'm a de Lint fan. This trilogy is more like classic fantasy, but transferred to the here-now, not some ethereal distant world.
As in 'World's End', 'The Darkest Hour' ends on a cliffhanger. It's not brilliant as a book, but I've got to know what eventually happens, so I will be getting the last book when it's published. Therefore, Chadbourn's doing his job as a writer: keeping the reader entertained and wanting to stick with the story.
Try it. If you like le Guin, de Lint, Leiber or even just mythology and legend, you'll probably like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing fantasy! 24 Aug 2001
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Reading Chadbourn's work must be what it was like for the hippies reading Tolkien in the sixties - absolutely mindblowing! He peels back the patina of our contemporary world to show the magic lurking just beneath. It's a breathtaking vision. This book is the perfect follow-up to the first in the trilogy - more mysteries, romance, action, chills...and the last page leaves you begging for the final volume. I can't wait!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous! 13 Jan 2013
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My umpteenth read of this, the whole trilogy grabs me and sucks me in every time! Too too possible for comfort!
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