Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Teaser Tuesday No. 2: The Last Days of Magic, by Mark Tompkins

Welcome to "Teaser Tuesday"!!

This meme is hosted by  Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker every week, and the rules are very simple.

* Grab you current read.
*Open to a random page.
*Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere
on that page.
(Make sure that what you share doesn't
give too much away! You don't want
to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title and author, too, so that other
TT participants can add the book to their
TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Since I'm a slow reader, I don't have a new book
started every week. I am therefore going
 to bend the rules a little.....
I'll be featuring books I want to read,
that are currently sitting on my shelves.

Here are my teasers!
"There was a Greek sorcerer named Honorius, the son of Euclid the mathematician. This must be a translation of his grimoire."

"How do you know all that?"

"As I was not born male or the eldest daughter, or the most beautiful, I spent all my time studying. My father was a healer, and more, with a large library." -- Chapter 7, page 108

"Jordan and Najia galloped around the north end of the bog and reined their horses into s skidding stop on the frozen ground. Spread out to the south, the battle had become a melee. Waves of enchantments rolled through the snowy air, dashing into one another in sudden, fierce swirls, each canceling out the other. Gallowglass and Celt were cutting through the English archers, overpowering their light swords and small shields. Fifty English knights, with armor and broadswords, bravely mounted a charge to protect their men." -- Chapter 24, page 300

The Last Days of Magic
Mark Tompkins
Hardcover, 384 pages
March 1, 2016
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology


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 EarthWhat 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 bought this book about a year ago, brand spanking new, at a local Indie bookstore (which is rapidly becoming a chain), named "Books and Books". The cover, as well as the title, immediately caught my eye. The plot is incredibly fascinating, too! In short, I really can't believe I haven't read this book yet! 

What do you think of my teasers?
Are you interested in this book?
Please leave a comment, 
along with the link
to your own "Teaser Tuesday" post, 
and let me know!


  1. I love the mix of magic and adventure in this -- most especially "waves of enchantment" -- I just love that!

    1. Hi, Verushka!

      Yeah, I love this mix, too!! And that phrase, "waves of enchantment" caught my attention right away!! I found it just by flipping throught the book, too.

      I really NEED to read this book!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 :)

  2. Great choice of Quotations Maria. The plot of this one sounds interesting. I like the plot description of magic being wiped out by some sort of malevolent force. I agree that the cover is also very appealing.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Thanks so much for the compliment!! <3 <3

      Oh, this book SURE looks like a REAL winner!! I really should have read it by now....except that there are SO many other books clamoring for my attention!! LOL.

      I LOVE the cover, too!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 :)

  3. The teasers really make me want to read the book. I totally would read it if I owned a copy of it. Also, love your new Halloween header. It's perfect!

    1. Hi, Steph!

      Yeah, these teasers are AWESOME!! I hope you do get a copy!

      I wonder when I'll be able to get to it.... LOL>.

      Oh, thank you SO much for complimenting my Halloween header! I prefer to have a CUTE header for the season. Nothing scary for me!! Lol.

      Thanks for the nice comment!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 :) :)


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