Friday, 27 November 2015

My Review of Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

My Review of Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

Book description

What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.

A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon. In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell... and eventually their century.

Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.

Dark Tidings is the first book in the Ancient Magic Meets the Internet trilogy.

It's a fascinating fantasy / contemporary thriller crossover. An ancient wizard from a long forgotten time and his unlikely sidekick travel through time and meet up with Michael, an Internet security teccie who has big plans for improving the world.

The main characters from both parts of the story are introduced and developed before their unexpected first encounter which ends up in the mother of all hangovers. The plot evolves rapidly and at times unexpectedly until it reaches a gripping crisis when all appears to be lost. However, all is ending happily when the plot changes direction and introduces what will no doubt become the narrative for the second volume.

Author Ken Magee told me about the book almost a year ago and it's been on my waiting to be read list since then. I wish I hadn't waited so long because I really enjoyed reading Dark Tidings.
Dark Tidings is an easy to read, light hearted novel which has a wonderful tongue-in-cheek sense of the author's presence with wry, humorous asides. From the start this novel moves along with a good pace and the pages almost turn themselves. The dialogue is snappy even when it's between the characters from ancient times which contributes to the energy of the narrative.

The two fantasy characters are very endearing particularly as they struggle to cope with the modern world they've joined. Michael heads up the contemporary cast and is a beacon of morality in a corrupted world of high finance. There are hints throughout of the author's take on global financial institutions not unrelated to recent events. Some of the scenes in the ancient world are heavy with threats of torture and overladen with gore and putrid smells; how this is then continued into the contemporary world is imaginative and colourful.

Dark Tidings is a very enjoyable fantasy novel and its transition into reality makes it unusual and highly entertaining.

You can find details of this and the other books in the trilogy on Ken Magee's Amazon Author page if you follow this link.

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