April 9, 2020

Book Review: Age of Misrule: World’s End

World’s End is Book One in Mark Chadbourn’s Age of Misrule.  This is one roller coaster ride of a story with really interesting heroes and really terrifying villains.  Chadbourn has a seriously dramatic and memorable way of painting scary. It’s successful in showing the dire circumstances awaiting the world, if it’s champions are not successful in thwarting the plan of the bad guys.

The story takes place in England; begins under London Bridge when Jack Churchill and Ruth Gallagher see a large, horrifying creature take the life of a man.  What follows is a race across England, with heroes gathering to fight the menace, and the menace with the advantage of age (they come from Celtic mythology), strength and number.  It’s really a pretty amazing tale that pulls the reader along pretty easily. It was really tough to put down. The human race’s champions are mere mortals and everything that implies. The subtext of the human interaction of those champions is as interesting as the battle to save the human race.

When Book One closes, the reader is left wondering if good really is and also what the final twist means for the next part of the story. I am looking forward to continuing the journey and can easily recommend this first volume. Kudos, Mark Chadbourn!!