World's End (Age of Misrule Series #1)

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A dragon firebombs a freeway. Shape-shifters stalk the commercial district. The deadly Wild Hunt wreaks havoc on the highway.

The Age of Misrule has dawned.

When Jack Churchill and Ruth Gallagher encounter a terrifying, misshapn giant beneath a London bridge, they are plunged into a mystery that 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 ...

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Overview

A dragon firebombs a freeway. Shape-shifters stalk the commercial district. The deadly Wild Hunt wreaks havoc on the highway.

The Age of Misrule has dawned.

When Jack Churchill and Ruth Gallagher encounter a terrifying, misshapn giant beneath a London bridge, they are plunged into a mystery that 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 beasts, 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.

A pedal-to-the-floor, high-octane fantasy thriller that pitches magic and wonder into a pop culture mash-up of the modern world. Described as "One part Lord of the Rings, one part Illuminatus!, one part Arthurian romance, one part Harry Potter—100 % original!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591027393
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Age of Misrule Series , #1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 975,947
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Chadbourn is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Underground, Nocturne, and Scissorman, as well as the nonfiction work Testimony. He has worked as a journalist for a number of British national newspapers, magazines, and television.

Visit Mark Chadbourn's Web site at www.markchadbourn.net

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Excellent fantasy of a world changing from science to dark magic

    With Age of Misrule: World's End, Mark Chadbourn's oeuvre of Celtic gods and monsters returning, with catastrophic results, to the world, finally reaches U.S. Publication. Done in a handsome edition with great art by John Picacio, the book soon transports the reader into a world that starts off familiar.

    Only at first.

    We met a set of characters in-then contemporary Britain (the book was originally written in the 1990's). Jack, Ruth, Laura, Shavi, and Ryan slowly come together, under the mysterious guidance of Tom, as events slowly reveal that the old creatures and Gods of Celtic Mythology are not only real, but they are returning to the world to take their place in (mis)rule once again.

    Technology starts to fail, and magic starts to rise again. But the return of magic and magical beings, and magical items is no good thing. And worse. the five characters have been signaled out by the forces of darkness for reasons the characters themselves do not at first understand.

    Still, when a dragon firebombs a freeway in order to try and kill you, and the Wild Hunt comes after you to stop you from doing something that you yourself do not know, its time to, flaws and all, to try and be a hero. To try and make sense of a changing world, and better still, try and guide its change for the better.

    The characters are three dimensional and none are cookie cutter protagonists or sad-sacks. Chadbourn's writing is both poignant in the stories of the character as well as describing vividly and engagingly the encounters and conflicts these characters face as they deal with the too-rapidly changing world.

    Strong use and understanding of remixed mythology and Faerie (which reminded me, in a different vein, of Bear's Promethean Age novels). Excellent set pieces. Characters that grow, change and you learn to care about.

    Forget derivative pablum fantasy. This is some of the good stuff. In Silverlock terms, its clear that Chadbourn has made a pilgrimage to Hippocrene and isn't afraid to write like it.

    I've already bought the second book in the series. I think, after reading this one, you will too.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    A terrific urban fantasy thriller

    Archeologist Jack Churchill knows he has failed to move on as his grief over the suicide death of his girlfriend Marianne two years ago haunts him whether he is awake or sleeping as he wonders what he could have done different. Clients and peers assume solicitor Ruth Gallagher has her act together but she hides her fears with a cloak of confidence that she knows is a sham.----------------

    Church and Ruth meet when they come to the aid of a mugging victim under London's Albert Bridge. However, when they see the hideous culprit, both faint. Each wants to forget what happened blaming it on an out of control imagination fueled by loneliness and fear, but neither can ignore the truth especially after software designer and total stranger Laura duSantiago sends an email insisting she can explain the eerie bridge incident. On the way to see her they are attacked by a creature similar to the mugger. An unkempt hippie Tom (Learmont) rescues them and explains the earth is returning to its roots when demons and other mythological characters roamed freely as the Age of Reason is ending. The trio sans Tom and two others forge an unlikely counterinsurgency the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in an effort to locate four artifacts from before time to liberate the incarcerated gods, who normally could not care less about humanity and if freed may do nothing, but remain the only hope mankind has of surviving the evil invasion. ------------

    The first book of The Age of Misrule is a terrific urban fantasy thriller that brings Celtic mythology into modern day London. The story line is fast-paced from the opening encounter at the bridge and never slows down as the champions are on the run. The keys to the opening gamut are major plots are completed though the next tale is set up and the quintet has flaws that make each unlikely heroes and poor choices for membership on a fantastic five team. Readers will enjoy this fine beginning and look forward to more malice from Mark Chadbourne.-------------

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    Bad

    Amateurish. Ludicrous plot, annoying protagonist, stilted and improbable dialogue. Don't wasre your money and time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Bleh.

    Too much angst, not enough oomph. The characters are weak and annoying. The theme seems to be to succeed by failing. Since the "heroes" are all failures this works to their advantage. Not going to get the second in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    This book was great. I started it after finishing up the Mistbo

    This book was great. I started it after finishing up the Mistborn series. I started it on Saturday evening and had it finished by Monday night. I could not put this book down. Amazing book. I can't wait to finish the series.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Fantastic Read!

    I picked up this book on a whim. It had an interesting cover and I took a chance. But boy was I glad I picked it up! It's an amazing adventure filled with non stop thrill. Mark Chadbourn has created an incredible world that will have you flipping through the pages for more.
    Basically, the world is reverting back to it's original form. One where magic, gods, and demons used to walk and roam the planet. A world where good and evil coincide, the dualities of nature. Two people, Church and Ruth, happen to meet and come across a bridge one fateful night only to witness a horrible murder, but the murderer is not human, it's face is so monstrous and horrible that one look at it and both Church and Ruth pass out. Upon awakening they try to make sense of what they have seen and soon come to realize that something is changing in the world. They embark on an adventure full of danger and inexplicable sights and encounters. They soon realize they are important, special, a select few destined to save humanity from being wiped away by demons. But will they all make it out alive? Will they be able to find the strengh to stand and fight?
    There isn't a dull moment in this book! Just when you think there is a break, think again! I absolutely loved this book and I'm running out right now to get book two of the series!!

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