The Devil In Green: The Dark Age (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 11 Mar 2004
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In the Dark Age that grips the world, a beleaguered Britain needs new heroes.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Fabulous tale, in all senses of the word! Good characterizations and imagery. Downright scary in places!Published 1 month ago by John Charles Warburton
I'd forgotten how much I love this author and the world that he has created.
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