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.
The Burning Manby Mark Chadbourn
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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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