Almost exactly a year ago I reviewed Mark Tompkins's The Last Days of Magic (Penguin Random House / Viking). I mentioned the book was multilayered and would have broad appeal, beyond the realm of fantasy fans.
The novel has now been reissued in paperback, and the publishers are celebrating with a very cool giveaway. Before I get to the details, you might want to know a little more about The Last Days of Magic than just my review. So here's the summary from Indie Bound:
What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.As I said in my review: The Last Days of Magic "is recommended for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology, the rise of Catholicism, Ireland, magic, and pagan legends." I bet at least one of these themes is calling to you.
Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and with her twin, Anya unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.
As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today's world and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.
The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.
Thanks to the fabulous people at Viking / Penguin Books, I can offer one of my readers a copy of the paperback edition of The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins plus this very cool deck of tarot cards, which have a Celtic vibe to match the novel. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win both the paperback novel and the tarot cards is to have a USA mailing address and to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on April 6. Once the winner has been confirmed and I've passed the address along to the publisher, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!