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Dark Tidings (Ancient magic Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ken Magee
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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.

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"What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is sure, modern life will never be the same again." Now that's certainly an eye catching tag-line. It caught my eye again and again, so then I just had to read it. And, boy, is it a damn fine read. ... Try it - you may very well like it. - Kindle Users Forum

Ken Magee has written a cracker of a tale. Humorous and as sharp as flint, timely in its content and outcome? I enjoyed this book and you will too. Perceptive of the workings of our modern world and blessed with great story telling. Dark Tidings begs to be made into a film. Harvey Weinstein on fast dial please! - Extract from euVue.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3606 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Ragged Cover Publishing; 1 edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064TN0KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tidings February 22, 2012
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
"What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is sure, modern life will never be the same again." Now that's certainly an eye catching tag-line. It caught my eye again and again, so then I just had to read it. And, boy, is it a damn fine read.

The two stories run seperately for the early portion of the book. You know their paths will meet at some point, but it's not like you are waiting for this to happen before the story can get going. The separate stories are enjoyable in themselves.

I thought this story was quite original, it had that fresh feel to it. Try it - you may very well like it.

* I bought this from Amazon's UK site which is why it doesn't say "Amazon Verified Purchase"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and funny book! February 15, 2012
I read Dark Tidings based on a friend's recommendation and I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's an exciting fantasy adventure with plenty of laugh out loud moments. The main plot is about an ancient spell which has time travelled to the present day. There are lots of sub plots including one which exposes a banking conspiracy - it explains why the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. Definitely worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Internet, incantations and insanity! November 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dark Tidings is an entertaining blend of genres, guaranteed to appeal to readers who enjoy 'mash-up' fiction.

For the first half, it flips between what almost feel like two different books: the sword-and-sorcery medieval fantasy that wizard Madrick and thief Tung are having misadventures in, and the modern cyber-thriller where super-hacker Michael plans to bring down the most powerful secret organisation in history.

It's when the two worlds combine that the story really kicks off. There's plenty of humour in the surreal scenes of spell-casting in the 21st Century, and also some chillingly believable observations on just how the rich and powerful manipulate everything from behind the scenes.

The book covers a lot of ground, but concludes with more than one 'open door' through which events could continue. Ken Magee has created a warm, amusing but also unsettling world, and I'm keen to find out what happens next in The Black Conspiracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic. Out of place and time. June 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Title: Dark Tidings
Author: Ken Magee
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Ragged Cover Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-908090-2-25
In paperback and e-book

"Dark Tidings" is a unique look at the haves and the have-nots throughout time. This book is also the first of two, in a trilogy, that the author entitles "Ancient Magic Meets the Internet."
Ken's sense of humor puts his medieval characters in some bizarre and hilarious situations. Their bumbling is slapstick at times. However, this story brings light to the ongoing struggle of the average Joe to get a fair shake from the super wealthy that run the world. The author gives us a look at the dark and powerful few behind a millennium of evil.
Enter the travel through time where our medieval duo, Tung and Maddrick, are catapulted into the twenty-first century. There they meet our uber-hacker, Michael. The result of this strange friendship and collaboration will leave readers in stitches.

This book is a fun read for young adults, their parents, and grandparents. It is good clean fun. I highly recommend this book and give it five stars. Well done, Ken Magee. This review was done from the kindle version.

Reviewed by Jackie of the Award Winning "Backyard Horse Tales" series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original story: more than honorable debut story November 26, 2012
By miki
Format:Kindle Edition
To be honest at first I wasn't sure what to think of it. I really liked the summary and the global idea but the beginning of the book wasn't to my liking. I felt it was a bit rushed and the fact we got a chapter from the past and one from the present was a bit disturbing when I wasn't sure where the author wanted to go and in the same time it was too predictable. Tung and Madrick are funny however it really started to appreciate them when they got better together; I needed them to trust each other before I could trust them. The book is getting a lot better once they arrive in the present time.

The concept of the story is quite original and well thought but the final result could have been better in my opinion still when I finished the book I could tell I wanted to know what would happen and I enjoyed the lesson. We often forget that balance is important.. "l'enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions" is an adequate saying. The characters are growing, maturing during the story. At first they don't trust each other and every one has a special egoistical project, like they are using each others then they are learning as we are. The big villains are numerous and powerful, but also too imbued with themselves. I don't approve of all of the heroes' actions either but they are human beings so it's understandable. These heroes have flaws, they are far from perfect and it's why the reader can laugh as well as be afraid for them.
I loved the sense of justice of Michael and the fact that he could reflect on his own life so well. He is intelligent but not arrogant, manipulative but still attentive...quite a mix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The premise is both original and ridiculous and personally I loved it!
The premise is both original and ridiculous and personally I loved it!

The opening is great, creating a sense of despair which acts as an effective hook. Read more
Published 29 days ago by R.D. Hale (author)
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Both Worlds
Note, this review includes some Act 1 highlights.

I just finished reading this book, and what a treat it was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dean C. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Enticing Read
Must read! As the story progresses, one finds themselves engrossed in a story that captures the imagination, and tantalize the mind. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chimera Transport
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tidings of Joy!
Tung is in the king's dungeon waiting for his punishment, but then Madrick, the King's disgraced wizard, is thrown into his cell. Thus begins Dark Tidings. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Simie
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty funny read
The premise of this book made it look like the kind of story I could enjoy--magic and technology mixed with a hefty dose of humour--and enjoy it I did. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Yzabel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable light-hearted comic fantasy
A friend of mine knows the author and recommended that I read this book, knowing that I was a fan of sci-fi and fantasy/comic fantasy books in general and I must say, I wasn't... Read more
Published 22 months ago by tanGee
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read for Fant/Scifi Fans
If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll enjoy this new author and the first book in what is sure to shape up as a delightful series. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly plotted, whimsical time travel tale that sports a bizarrely...
The book's first quarter of chapters is a curious alternating mix of two very different narratives. One is a quirky fantasy tale about a wizard and a thief set a thousand years... Read more
Published 23 months ago by TheyCallMe MrGlass
5.0 out of 5 stars Story-twisting
What an unusual cross-genre book this is, and how heartily I have laughed at and enjoyed it! There are two parallel story lines for the first part of the book, one being set a... Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Ignite
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More About the Author

I have always been intriqued by words and writing... so writing a novel has been a lifelong dream. However, I needed a career which would pay the bills, so for many years, I worked in the computer industry in a wide variety of roles including programming, systems analysis and sales. In the middle of it all, I served in the Naval Reserve... which was hard work, but a lot of fun.

In 2010, I decided it was time to finish Dark Tidings, the book that I had started many years earlier (writing not reading). As I said, I would have finished it sooner, but life got in the way. It's completed and published now, but I don't think any of the original book survived the process!

There are now three books... Dark Tidings, The Black Conspiracy and A Darker Shade of Black. They are all contemporary fantasies which have lots of humor and adventure. My big hope is that people enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Over time, I hope my books will help bring the written word to the computer game playing generation(s). Games are great, but so are books!


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