Destroyer of Worlds (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 3)

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It is the beginning of the end . . . The end of the axe-age, the sword-age, leading to the passing of gods and men from the universe. As all the ancient prophecies fall into place, the final battle rages, on Earth, across Faerie, and into the land of the dead. Jack Churchill, Champion of Existence, must lead the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in a last, desperate assault on the Fortress of the Enemy, to confront the ultimate incarnation of destruction: the Burning Man. It is humanity’s only chance to avert the ...
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Overview

It is the beginning of the end . . . The end of the axe-age, the sword-age, leading to the passing of gods and men from the universe. As all the ancient prophecies fall into place, the final battle rages, on Earth, across Faerie, and into the land of the dead. Jack Churchill, Champion of Existence, must lead the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in a last, desperate assault on the Fortress of the Enemy, to confront the ultimate incarnation of destruction: the Burning Man. It is humanity’s only chance to avert the coming extinction. At his back is an army of gods culled from the world’s great mythologies - Greek, Norse, Chinese, Aztec, and more. But will even that be enough? Driven to the brink by betrayal, sacrifice and death, his allies fear Jack may instead bring about the very devastation he is trying to prevent . . .
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Publishers Weekly
The champions of Existence undertake one last battle against the Void in this concluding volume (after 2012’s globe-trotting The Burning Man) of Chadbourn’s latest trilogy set in a Britain where magic is returning. Jack “Church” Churchill, faced with betrayals by companions and double-edged help from allies, has to lead his Army of Dragons into the Fortress of the Void to destroy the Burning Man colossus before the Void can manifest. The greatest struggles, though, are internal. Church must resist the temptation of despair that will change him into the Libertarian, the Void’s champion. Ryan Veitch, returned from the Void’s service, has to come to terms with his feelings for Ruth, Church’s love, as well as his own desire for Church’s honors. Chadbourn produces a merry mélange of mythological and invented beings wrapped around an egalitarian ethos that ennobles hardships and promises “magic, not money.” Agent: Ian Drury, Sheil Land Associates. (May)
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616146177
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Kingdom of the Serpent , #3
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 622,268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    Multi dimensional time traveling adventure

    If you have traveled with the whole crew, you have the character you most identify with already in mind. Their strengths and weakness’, loves and hates are pretty clearly defined for you already. If that is the case, you believe you can skip the prologue. I would recommend not skipping it. Even if you have read all the previous books there might be some connections you have missed. After all this is an epic that starts around 2500 BC and goes up to our present day and goes from our world to the lands of Summer and the world of the dead. Just a lot to try to keep up with. Luckily for us, Mark Chadbourn does an excellent job as guide for the entire trip. Like with life, even with all the challenges (both every day and heroic) that our adventurers face it turns out that even the small decisions have consequences, many of which are unforeseen (even if done with the best of intentions). In the end, it is a normal bloke to borrow a phrase) that makes the difference. This book is an excellent end to the series and continues to play with the timeless themes and philosophical questions. I came away feeling a little sad, as though I had been through a catharsis and also feeling very philosophical. © Night Owl Reviews

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