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Waiting on… The Last Days of Magic and The Crimson Skew

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Adorable dragons are necessary for everything, but this one is keeping her eye out for more awesome books :D

Despite my towering pile of books, I’m still dying for some spring and summer titles and I have to share them with you!

The Last Days of Magic

An epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and faeries, mad kings and druids, and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the Earth

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.

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.

I love the idea of magic existing in a world but being mysteriously drained away, so I’m really excited for this story and curious how it will portray our modern day world and a graduate student! Normally I have a strict rule against reading books with a character with my name since it is freaky for me, but I’m hoping she won’t play a big role ;-).

The Crimson Skew

The final volume in S.E. Grove’s stunning, bestselling Mapmakers trilogy.

At the end of The Golden Specific, Sophia was on her way home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo. But he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War—Prime Minister Broadgirdle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny. Shadrack is in his thrall as War Cartologer and cannot help his niece.

Sophia leaves right away to track down her best friend and solve the mystery of her parents once and for all. Then Shadrack hears of a horrifying weapon. It is a red fog called the Crimson Skew, and if you inhale it, you become a murderer. Sophia and her companions—and Theo’s army company—are directly in its path. There is a fate worse than death, and it is about to ruin their lives…

I really loved book one and two of this trilogy and am astounded by the breadth of this middle grade story. This is definitely a Pullman style middle grade with all the plot and world-building skills of an adult fantasy despite the age of the characters. I’m DYING for the final book!

What are you looking forward to reading?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

© 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. The Last Days of Magic has such a pretty cover. I think I have seen it before and it may already be on my wishlist but I will have to check. I just finished A Criminal Magic so I am now looking for more adult magic books!
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  2. I’ve only read the first book in the Mapmakers trilogy so far but I absolutely loved it. I’m going to re-read it this year and binge-read the whole series.

    The Last Days of Magic hasn’t been on my radar before and I’m not 100% sure if it is my thing but I’m somewhat drawn in by the beautiful cover :D
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    • Yes, excellent plan! I loved book two even more :D

      That cover did catch my eye originally as well, I’ll let you know how I like it and see if that helps you decide ;-)

  3. I still have The Glass Sentence sitting in my TBR waiting to be read. I’ve only heard good things about that series.

    The Last Days of Magic is new to me but I really do like the sound of it. I love fantasies set in historical Ireland and stuff, plus I’m interested to see how the modern day element ties in to it.
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    • Yes, that trilogy is so fun! You can use the excuse that you’re waiting for it to be complete ;-)

      I’m glad to put a new book on your radar :D

  4. I’m really looking forward to The Last Days of Magic too – druids and faeries and magic…what’s not to love? Mix of fantasy and history sounds like right up my alley.
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  5. What happens to your namesake Anya?? My lips are sealed…
    Looking forward to hearing what you think of the novel.
    Mark Tompkins

  6. I always knew you were a goddess in human form!!!
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  7. Oooh nice! Two totally new to me reads! Hope you enjoy them both equally amazingly! lol!

    Here’s my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

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