Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Age of Misrule Series

I want to introduce Bite Club to a series of books that has been out for a while, but hasn't been reviewed here before. It is a fantasy series, but it is more of an urban fantasy because it is set in modern day, and the basic premise is that the gods, demons, fairies, and mythical beings of old are returning once again to battle for dominion over the earth. The last time that they went head to head, they ended up at a truce and simply left Earth to humanity. This time, the evil forces have found a way to return, but the good entities need humanity to help them return and wage war against the armies of destruction. There are five Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in modern days that are capable of bringing the old entities back, and it is up to them to save the world. But, the evil forces are looking for the five as well, to prevent them from fulfilling their destiny.

Age of Misrule: World's End, by Mark Chadbourn

Book Description:
"When Jack Churchill and Ruth Gallagher encounter a terrifying, misshapen giant beneath a London bridge they are plunged into a mystery which portends the end of the world as we know it. All over the country, the ancient gods of Celtic myth are returning to the land from which they were banished millennia ago. Following in their footsteps are creatures of folklore: fabulous bests, wonders and dark terrors As technology starts to fail, Jack and Ruth are forced to embark on a desperate quest for four magical items – the last chance for humanity in the face of powers barely comprehended."  Source

Age of Misrule: Darkest Hour

Book Description:
"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."

Age of Misrule: Always Forever

Book Description:
"The modern world has been transformed into a land of myth, a magical place where fabulous beasts soar on the air currents, a terrifying place where shape-shifting monsters stalk the cities.

Mankind’s days appear numbered. Our only hope—the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons —are scattered and broken after a terrible defeat.

Their last chance may lie in the great court of the old gods, reached by an otherworldly ship filled with fantastical and frightening creatures.

But if our champions fail, the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain will dawn, and the dark god Balor will usher in the eternal night."

So, I have just finished the first book, World's End. It was intriguing. I loved the concept and the characters. I enjoyed the author's writing style as well. I did think the pacing was a bit frantic- the characters are literally being hunted nightly and so are under constant attack- but that is kind of what the book is about, so it does makes sense. However, because the fights or chases are so regular, sometimes I feel that they start to be less exciting individually. But that was my only major criticism. Overall, I really liked this and I want to know what happens next. 

So, I am going to stick with it. And if you think this concept sounds interesting, check it out. I think you'll like it. Or if you already have read these, let me know in the comment section what you thought of them.

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