Age Of Misrule: World's End, Darkest Hour, Always Forever (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 14 Sep 2006
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In Britain's darkest hour, a hero shall arise . . .
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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The author uses the frailty of his characters to great effect and basis them on normal people with all the usual hangups.
The synopsis explains the plot but I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and I'm just about to buy the author's other works.
Destiny,with the help of some iterfering gods, throws together some very different characters to fight for their lives and stop the total destruction of humanity.No americans to save the day though.
Arturian legend and english mythology come together to make england as fantastical as any imaginary fantasy world i have read about. I found the frailty of main chracters as their personalities clashed both frustrating and an added dimention to the story.
All added together, very refreshing angle on fantasy. I enjoyed it very much and anyone who enjoys fantasy should do too.
As for the monsters the Formori are a wonderful and fluid creation, and certainly beat the pants off the usual Zombie plague stuff which generally characterises apocalyptic horror. The other lesser monsters are very good as well and are just the kind of things you might expect to encounter on a lonely moor after dark...
The British countryside does rather suit the supernatural (all those old buildings and hedges) and it is well used here. Chadbourn's use of such locations as the Lake District, Skye and Cornwall are wonderfully evocative and really come to life on the Page.
The characters are a good attempt to bring real people into a genre often characterised by hobbits and boring warriors. In my opinion the best character is Ryan Veitch and his attempts to redeem himself to Ruth is what true heroic fiction should be made of.
My only complaints with it is some of the rather silly hippie ideas that periodically appear in course of the narrative - for instance Chadbourn clearly completely misunderstands the ideas behind science and the mysticism in favour of science lines do get rather annoying.Read more ›
This is much more than a swords-and-sorcery epic - set in present day England, we are taken on a well written tour of some of the ancient "magical" sites of the land - with a decent story line to match.
Possibly Alan Garner for grown-ups (well, 45 year old teenagers then) with a touch of Stephen Donaldson and some well-researched Lore of Britain. But somehow it all hangs together. Even a few trips to the world of Faerie (and some other equally disturbing places).
If you have enjoyed Holdstock's "Mythago" series, or Mary Gentle's "Ash", or almost anything by Neal Stephenson - I suggest you give this a chance.
His five main characters are each fully explored, and their flaws are exposed to the reader. They fight with each other, betray each other and all try to do their own thing.
This is essential fantasy reading for everyone sick and tired of 'noble' heroes saving the world.
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Gripping eschatological paranormal fantasy, beautifully plotted and written. I don't often read fiction, but I'm on page 533 and it's still a page-turner.Published 16 months ago by James L. Edwards
Have to echo the views of the reader who thought it was a slog ... it is! Massively and irritatingly repetitive whether it's references to the endless bacon and egg breakfasts or... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2010 by nogginthenog
I am currently about half way through the first book of this trilogy so perhaps it's a little premature to post a review but I came on to Amazon to see if others were struggling... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2008 by KC Starr
I really wanted to like the Age of Misrule. The concept sounded great on paper. Its therefore an even greater pity that the implementation of that concept was so poor. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2008 by Charles Green