Burning Man (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 2)

Burning Man (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 2)

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by Mark Chadbourn
     
 

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After a long journey across the ages, Jack Churchill has returned to the modern world, only to find it in the grip of a terrible, dark force. The population is unaware, mesmerized by the Mundane Spell that keeps them in thrall. With a small group of trusted allies, Jack sets out to find the two "keys" that can shatter the spell. But the keys are people—one

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After a long journey across the ages, Jack Churchill has returned to the modern world, only to find it in the grip of a terrible, dark force. The population is unaware, mesmerized by the Mundane Spell that keeps them in thrall. With a small group of trusted allies, Jack sets out to find the two "keys" that can shatter the spell. But the keys are people—one with the power of creation, one the power of destruction—and they are hidden somewhere among the world’s billions. As the search fans out across the globe, ancient powers begin to stir. In the bleak north, in Egypt, in Greece, in all the Great Dominions, the old gods are returning to stake their claim. The odds appear insurmountable, the need desperate. . . . This is a time for heroes.

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Publishers Weekly
The final battle against the Void looms in this Gnostic mix-up as the champions of Existence, the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, travel the globe to seek the hidden Keys that will unleash magic and undo the Mundane Spell. Jack "Church" Churchill (from 2012's Jack of Ravens) and companions follow cryptic clues to confrontations with Norse, Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese gods, before taking a stroll off the Empire State Building through an invisible cloud maze. Faced with betrayals and the suspect reformation of nemesis Ryan Veitch, Church and his team have to decide who to sacrifice and who to save as the Army of the Ten Billion Spiders starts to overrun reality. Chadbourn again blends humor, horror, and mythology in a dimension-hopping epic that could use a few scorecards to tell players and teams apart, especially where scenes like those involving the Burning Man (as in the real annual counterculture festival) are undermined by muddled moralizing. Still, readers looking for hard-nosed heroes will enjoy a bunch who adopts the motto, "No Happy Endings." (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"When he’s on form, there is no one writing today that can do urban, gritty magic as well as Mark Chadbourn, and this book is very much on form, in terms of its action, exciting storytelling, and sheer force."
-SF Site

"Chadbourn brings imagination to a rich tapestry he has already woven. . . . A very dynamic and visceral read with elements of nonlinearity and bendy timeline. Very enjoyable. . . . One of the best books in the series yet."
-SF Crowsnest

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616146115
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Kingdom of the Serpent , #2
Pages:
339
Sales rank:
1,147,588
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn is the critically-acclaimed author of nineteen novels and one non-fiction book. A former journalist, he is now a screenwriter for BBC television drama. His other jobs have included running an independent record company, managing rock bands, working on a production line, and as an engineer’s assistant. He lives in a forest in the English Midlands. Visit him online at www.markchadbourn.net or on Twitter @Chadbourn.

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Burning Man 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AMDonovan More than 1 year ago
Book 2 picks up where book 1 ends. Luckily for those that haven’t read the first book (or have a short attention span) if you read the first part “The Final Age” you will be caught up on what came before and the entire necessary back story. Doesn’t take long and is very compact, so don’t let the idea of needing to read this part first scare you. Then you get into the meat of the tale. You get to visit different cultures (and there gods – no minor thing there!) and find out what happens if the old gods wake up. I don’t know about you, but some of the things those old gods were supposed to have done would scare me silly. As the title suggests, there are correlations found in the Burning Man arts festival and the old Celtic burning man. You meet Coyote, Raven, get judged by the Egyptian gods, trapped by the Norse gods, meet Sky father and of course Puck, the Libertarian , Lugh and Rhiannon make return appearances. Let’s not forget the Final Train, or what spurned or betrayed love will drive people to do. © Night Owl Reviews