PUBLISHED BY UNBOUND DIGITAL ON 7th FEBRUARY 2019
Mark Stay co-wrote Robot Overlords with director Jon Wright for Piers Tempest’s Tempo Productions. This was selected for the 58th BFI London Film Festival. Mark also wrote the film’s novelisation to critical acclaim.
Mark is also co-presenter of The Bestseller Experiment, which was shortlisted for the Futurebook Podcast of the Year award. The podcast began when he and Mark Desvaux challenged themselves to write, edit, publish and market a bestselling eBook in just a year… and then actually did it with their novel Back To Reality, which was a number one Kindle bestseller in ten categories worldwide.
Now in its third year, the podcast works to inspire their listeners to finish their novels and get them published, and their alumni includes Pernille Hughes, Lorna Cook, Sally Harris and fantasy author Mike Shackle.
Mark has worked in bookselling and publishing for over 25 years and is a regular on the conventions circuit. The End of Magic is his debut fantasy novel.
What will you do when the magic is gone?
Sander Bree is a royal mage. Steeped in privilege, he lives a cushy life advising the king on matters of court and politics, yet still complains that he’s stuck in a rut.
Rosheen Katell is a freelance mage and, with Anzu her griffin, she’s worked hard to build a reputation as a trustworthy truth seer. She never lies, never kills.
The source of their power is the Lapis Moon in orbit above. Very soon, that magic will be gone, changing their lives and their world forever. Sander must keep a promise that would have been difficult enough with magic, but is a suicide mission without it. Rosheen is forced to side with a murderous warlord, and her once-solid principles are tested and found wanting. Both will be set against one another in a war unlike anything the world has seen before, in this sweeping fantasy of magic’s ending.
WHAT DID I THINK: I was out of my comfort zone here as I normally choose not to read fantasy as things like Harry Potter did not appeal to me at all. But…..there’s always a but!
I was pleasantly surprised, I am not going to say I loved it or want to read more but from a reviewers point of view this was well written with good strong characters that keep it all moving along at a good pace..
This has made me understand why people enjoy Fantasy so much and why the likes of Harry Potter are so popular. I am sure Mark will be writing the next one as this has the content to become a great series, who doesn’t like a bit of magic?
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Happy reading, hope you find some magic