Jack of Ravens (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 1)

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Jack Churchill, archaeologist and dreamer, walks out of the mist and into Celtic Britain more than two thousand years before he was born, with no knowledge of how he got there. All Jack wants is to get home to his own time where the woman he loves waits for him. Finding his way to the timeless mystical Otherworld, the home of the gods, he plans to while away the days, the years, the millennia, until his own era rolls around again . . . but nothing is ever that simple.

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Overview

Jack Churchill, archaeologist and dreamer, walks out of the mist and into Celtic Britain more than two thousand years before he was born, with no knowledge of how he got there. All Jack wants is to get home to his own time where the woman he loves waits for him. Finding his way to the timeless mystical Otherworld, the home of the gods, he plans to while away the days, the years, the millennia, until his own era rolls around again . . . but nothing is ever that simple.

A great Evil waits in modern times and will do all in its power to stop Jack’s return. In a universe where time and space are meaningless, its tendrils stretch back through the years. Through Roman times, the Elizabethan age, Victoria’s reign, the Second World War, and the Swinging Sixties, the Evil sets its traps to destroy Jack.

Mark Chadbourn gives us a high adventure of dazzling sword fights, passionate romance, and apocalyptic wars in the days leading up to Ragnarok, the End-Times: a breathtaking, surreal vision of twisting realities where nothing is quite what it seems.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Once more mashing up fantasy, mythology, and Gnosticism, two-time British Fantasy Award-winner Chadbourn (The Devil in Green) returns to a universe wherein the Void threatens to destroy Existence.Jack "Church" Churchill wakes to find himself in Celtic Britain—over 2000 years before his birth—struggling desperately, along with the other Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, to ward off a mysterious Evil and return to his life and the woman he loves. Careening through time from the Iron Age, to ancient Rome, Renaissance-era Venice, WWII London, and 1960s San Francisco, Church must battle the Army of Ten Billion Spiders, nefarious gods, and the traitorous Ryan Veitch, hunter of the Brothers and Sisters. Crossing back and forth from the timeless Otherworld and the temporal New World, Church races to find the Fabulous Beast that will unleash England's dormant magic and save it from the Void. Chadbourn balances vividly realized worlds, plenty of action, and some wry humor to help carry this paean to hope in its war against despair. (Mar.)
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"The first book in the remix of Mark Chadbourn’s work offers a more gritty take on a war between good, evil, and indifference. Think the spirit of V for Vendetta mixed with Neal Stephenson’s historicism and infused by the spirit of Shakespeare’s Puck: a featured character certain to invigorate future books."
-Edge

Praise for the series:
"[A]n author whose work has redefined the boundaries of dark fantasy. The colossal story has never been less than fascinating, and at times easily rivaled the most riveting, original work of the genre. . . . Breathtaking, beguiling, and very British, I can recommend Destroyer of Worlds and the entire trilogy of trilogies as books which any serious reader of dark fantasy should have in their collections."
-SF Site

Library Journal
Contemporary archaeologist Jack Churchill emerges from the mists to find himself in Celtic Britain. Bereft of most of his memories, Jack focuses on returning to the present, where his beloved Ruth waits for him. But he soon discovers that he is one of of five heroes destined to do battle repeatedly with an ancient evil. His journey "home" takes him into the Celtic "Otherworld" of the Tuatha dé Danaan (a race of people in Irish mythology) and across the span of history, from the Roman Empire through the Renaissance and the Victorian Age to the 1960s. Two-time British Fantasy Award winner Chadbourn's series opener dovetails with his previous "Dark Age" and "Age of Misrule" books, featuring many of the same characters. The author's keen sense of historical periods as well as his talent for fleshing out his characters bring a lively authenticity that enhances the mood of this dark fantasy. While knowledge of the previous series is helpful, enough details are presented for new readers to follow the backstory as well as the fascinating plot. VERDICT A good choice for fans of Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey, Jim Butcher, and James Barclay. [Coming in April is The Burning Man, the second series title.—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616146078
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Series: Kingdom of the Serpent , #1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 782,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (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 June 27, 2012

    Loved the story. Love overcoming despair is kind of the theme of

    Loved the story. Love overcoming despair is kind of the theme of this book.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    An epic fantasy adventure in the making. In a battle between ho

    An epic fantasy adventure in the making. In a battle between hope and despair, creation and destruction, this demonstrates that lowly humans can actually affect the ultimate outcome. Spreading from our time back to before the building of Stonehenge and back again, spanning the globe from England, across America, into Italy, Vietnam and places in between. From our world to the Far Lands (as well as asking who really killed Kennedy). Showing that we are all tied together. So, maybe the ultimate question is, since we are all going to die eventually, what would you sell your death for? Or as a fictional character put it (in a different British authors work) “Small chance of success, certain death. What are we waiting for?
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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    A must eread!

    If you love Mark Chadbourn you won't be disapointed!
    I love his books and purchased some of these through a friend in Wales long before they were available here.
    I'm so glad that they are now published in the
    USA.

    Mark Chadbhourn never fails to amaze with his style and great reserch.

    Keep them coming !!!! I have read almost all of them......

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