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Destroyer of Worlds: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 3 [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chadbourn
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It is the beginning of the end ...

The end of the axe-age, the sword-age, leading to the passing of gods and men from the universe. As all the ancient prophecies fall into place, the final battle rages, on Earth, across Faerie, and into the land of the dead.

Jack Churchill, Champion of Existence, must lead the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in a last, desperate assault on the Fortress of the Enemy, to confront the ultimate incarnation of destruction: the Burning Man. It is humanity's only chance to avert the coming extinction.

At his back is an army of gods culled from the world's great mythologies - Greek, Norse, Chinese, Aztec, and more. But will even that be enough? Driven to the brink by betrayal, sacrifice and death, his allies fear Jack may instead bring about the very devastation he is trying to prevent ...

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In the darkest hour, a hero shall arise . . . but surrounded by betrayal and pain, he may bring about the very destruction he is fighting to prevent!

About the Author

Mark Chadbourn was raised in the mining communities of South Derbyshire. He studied Economic History at Leeds before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He is the author of several novels, including The Age of Misrule and The Dark Age trilogies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U3CB8E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting End. 21 July 2009
By Georgia
I'm going to be completely honest - if you have stumbled across this book by chance on Amazon, stop right now. Do not attempt to read this book without at least reading the preceding two books in the Kingdom of Serpent trilogy (Jack of Ravens and The Burning Man), or else you will miss out on a wealth of understanding.

As for this book... It is the last in a well loved (to me, at least) series. And it is a beautiful end. Although the beginning felt a little bit jumbled as it struggles to keep up with jumping between worlds and times and narrators, soon it settles down. The story is fast paced, yet still rich in detail as we have come to expect from Chadbourn.

This is about the last stand of all the Gods that ever existed throughout mythology. I was being introduced to Gods I'd never heard of, and some I'd come across in my travels, and here they were all woven together into the same intricate story line, with a few of our old favourite humans from previous books in there as well.

I don't want to go into too much detail here, for fear of ruining the story. It is Existence's last chance to avoid the mundane-ness of a world without magic which The Void is attempting to bring about. And for the heroes of Existence, the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, the odds are not looking good. Gods corrupted by The Void trick them and attempt to stop them at every turn, but can they even trust themselves? Or will they be betrayed from within?

Everything hangs in the balance and even in the penultimate chapter, I really had no idea which way it was going to turn out. Exquisitely written, steeped in the kind of detail scholars spend lifetimes trying to amass. Chadbourn is a first class fantasy writer, a complete storm of fresh air to really wake you up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ragnarok is upon them 9 Sept. 2009
By Peter C
The Brothers and Sisters of Dragons gather at the end of the world; they are siding with gods and immortals in the struggle against the essence of evil. They must save the world and all life from falling into the anti-life of the Void. But the Void is filling the `Burning Man' -- the vessel that has been made to hold it. Ragnarok is upon them.

To attempt to summarise the plot would take far too long and give away far too much. This book has a cast of hundreds that are named, and thousands more that are not. The story follows multiple stream and is relentless in its pace as it thunders toward the conclusion. As ever, Chadbourn utilises mythology and folklore from across the globe, mixing and matching as he sews them into a totally new landscape. Even though I have read all the previous eight volumes I had to stop now and then to recall earlier events in the saga; but there is nothing wrong with a book that challenges the grey cells.

What's noticeable is the distinct change in style that developed over the course of the story arc as a whole. The language in this latest volume has become far more formal, and is bulging with metaphor and symbolism. And although it has been said of many books, I can honestly say this is one of the few that does feel genuinely Tolkien-esque in both style and presence. The journey through the underground kingdom in particular had that familiar feeling of Lord of the Rings.

Make no mistake, this book is dense and complex. For those who have not read any others in this massive saga there is a seven page round-up and a lengthy prologue. But as one would expect from book three of any trilogy -- and this is also volume nine in the series, remember -- you should not, as they say, start here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Team-ups! 28 Feb. 2011
The third book in a trilogy, the third trilogy in a trio, so for now the story of Brothers and Sisters of Dragons is done, with a rather high bodycount.

The two teams, or what is left of them, have yet another desperate plan to try and save Existence.

More than one team of course given they have been collecting their own small army of counterparts throughout time. So while the X-Men and X-Force are off trying to save the universe (while hoping Emma Frost and Dark Cyclops don't stab them in the back) it is up to a Roman barbarian to try and mold an army together to give them some time to get it done. Complete with jokes about what barbarians usually due to sorcerers, too, when we discover that like Conan, he, too, has a plan.

Anyone who knows zilch about mythology might get slightly lost in the thunder god team-ups perhaps, but this is fun, as the Pendragon spirit wielders, the Tuatha De Danan and most of the gods of several Earth pantheons make a stand. Except for the Egyptians, whom Church and company discovered they really didn't like all that much in a prior installment.

Or to put it another way, there is a fair pile of Simon R. Green level crazy to be found in this one with god armies, monsters, superwitches, dragons, talking lamps, monsters and the odd ten billion spiders.

While still leaving wiggle-room for more if so desired.

3.5 out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ending 31 Aug. 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Many readers will have anticipated this release for quite some time. That said, if you haven't read the others you will be wasting your time jumping into this, Mark's latest release, without having read the other Jack of Raven novels. Not only could it be very confusing but the reader will have missed an absolute load of twists that will amuse as well as fascinate them.

What makes this even better is that the reader is left with no idea which way the book will finish until that final chapter and with the almost seemingly magical talent then it's a twister that will more than please even the most finicky of readers. A great conclusion to this series and demonstrates again why Mark is a name fast gathering speed.
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