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The Devil In Green: The Dark Age (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chadbourn
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Book Description

Humanity has emerged, blinking, from the Age of Misrule into a world substantially changed: cities lie devasted, communications are limited, anarchy rages across the land. Society has been thrown into a new Dark Age where superstition holds sway.

The Tuatha De Danaan roam the land once more, their terrible powers dwarfing anything mortals have to offer. And in their wake come all the creatures of myth and legend, no longer confined to the shadows.

Fighting to find their place in this new world, the last remnants of the Christian Church call for a group of heroes: a new Knights Templar to guard the priesthood as they set out on their quest for souls. But as everything begin to fall apart, the Knights begin to realise their only hope is to call on the pagan gods of Celtic myth for help.

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We launched Mark Chadbourn's book at the Fantasy convention which took placeover the last weekend in September. Here he read an extract from the book and had a chance to meet book buyers, fans and journalists. FEATURES A feature on Mark's research should be appearing in The Times. I am waiting for confirmation on the date. Mark will be interviewed in the next issue of TTA. OutlandMagazine will be running a feature on Mark. Whilst The Edge will be running a competition and an interview. An interview has also appeared on The Alien on Line. EXTRACT An extract will be posted on The Alien On Line. REVIEWS Reviews will be appearing in: StarburstSFXThe Alien on LineEnigmaThe EdgeSFSite Mention of the book has already appeared in 'Look Out For' section of The Mirror

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In the Dark Age that grips the world, a beleaguered Britain needs new heroes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575074027
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (30 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY7HM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
With the end of the Age of Misrule, I thought that I had seen the last of Mark Chadbourn's altered world, but I should have realised that there far too many open ends for the story to end there.
If the Age of Misrule was about the transition period from the new ways to the old, then the Dark Age (of which this book is the first) is about life in this altered world, where the Tuatha de Danann may be temporarily absent after the battle at the end of Always Forever, but where the ancient powers are still very much alive.
Mallory, a man running from his past, encounters a young man named Miller and the two of them join the new Knights Templar, a group established to protect the last vestiges of the Christian Church as they seek to re-establish the Word - but Mallory's thoughts are drawn by the presence of Sophie Tallent, a powerful witch, in a nearby camp. She explains about the power in the land, and a meeting with a member of the Tuatha de Danann reveals to Mallory that he is a Brother of Dragons, born to protect the vestiges of humanity in this new world. With the help of Sophie, herself a Sister of Dragons, and the new friends he makes within the Knights Templar, Mallory must battle an evil from the edges of Existence - as well as the evils of the human tendency for paranoia and the evil buried deep in his own heart.
This novel raises an important issue after the Age of Misrule trilogy - the events of the final book left the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons forever broken, and with the various members dead, lost or moved on to newer, more powerful roles, in keeping with tradition a new Five must be gathered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Age Of Reason is over. 12 Nov. 2002
Mark Chadbourn is responsible for what is, to my mind, the most interesting fantasy of the century so far with his "Age of Misrule" trilogy. That sequence told the story of the collapse of the world we know into a new age of magic as technology fails and ancient gods and mythical creatures return to their legendary homes.
The Devil in Green is set a while after those stories and describes the efforts of the Christian church to regroup and begin rebuilding itself in this new dark age. If you have read the Age of Misrule books you will have some idea what to expect- a mixture of interesting modern characters, clever plotting and deep research all wrapped up in an action-packed rollercoaster of a narrative. In places it is brutal, in others mystical and beautiful. Like the best imaginative fiction it seeps past your conscious mind and finds its way into your dreams.
If you are looking for dark, intelligent fantasy in a modern setting then buy this book- you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a little different 13 Jun. 2004
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I did not read 'The Age of Misrule' so came to the fresh to the 'New Dark Age ' with this novel.
The previous reviewer has given a good synopsis so I won't bother to repeat it. However,the characters are well developed and grow in stature throughout the book.
The idea that Salisbury Cathedral will be the last bastion of the Christian religions in Britain and that the various philosophies will have to come together to overcome the perceived evil is interesting. This book gently preaches a religous tolerance not often seen in modern life or within Christianity.
However, this is not the main thrust of the book and I would not want any would be readers to think that this book sets out to thrust religion down their throats. It is also a story about how people deal with the total and cataclysmic breakdown of authority. Without a government chaos has taken over the whole country.
As a Wiltshire resident I found the descriptions of the various locations to be accurate and detailed.
I recommend this book to anyone seeking something a little different. Swords, Dragons, Sorcery and cars which run out of petrol on lonely roads late at night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and so it continues...... 5 Dec. 2002
For those that have read the Age of Misrule trilogy, I would say that this book is even darker, maybe because it focusses strongly on human nature.......Once again Mark Chadbourn has put together a phenomenally good book - enthralling, terrifying and hopeful all at once.
For those that haven't read the earlier books, I would guess that this one can stand alone. Read with an open mind, prepare to open your eyes and maybe you will find yourself embarking on a quest of your own.
I loved the book, it's the first time for ages I have been that taken with an authors work that'll I'll shell out the extra for pre-paperbacks, just so I can read them earlier!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A New Start 28 Feb. 2011
A new trilogy following on from the Age of Misrule. It is set some time in the future, and some of the earlier Brothers and Sisters have aged or moved on.

There is a government, and some form of organised resistance, but this book centers around Mallory, your hard nut rogue crim type. He falls in with a band wanting to re-establish the Knights Templar. They, of course, are dodgier than they look.

Mallory has to deal with monsters and madmen as he discovers he has a higher purpose than the graft, to put together a new Dragon sibling superteam.
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