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"When he’s on form, there is no one writing today that can do urban, gritty magic as well as Mark Chadbourn, and this book is very much on form, in terms of its action, exciting storytelling, and sheer force."
-SF Site

"Chadbourn brings imagination to a rich tapestry he has already woven. . . . A very dynamic and visceral read with elements of nonlinearity and bendy timeline. Very enjoyable. . . . One of the best books in the series yet."
-SF Crowsnest

About the Author

A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn is the critically-acclaimed author of nineteen novels and one non-fiction book. A former journalist, he is now a screenwriter for BBC television drama. His other jobs have included running an independent record company, managing rock bands, working on a production line, and as an engineer’s assistant. He lives in a forest in the English Midlands. Visit him online at or on Twitter @Chadbourn.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A two-time winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, Mark has published his epic, imaginative novels in many countries around the world. He grew up in the mining community of the English Midlands, and was the first person in his family to go to university. After studying Economic History at Leeds, he became a successful journalist, writing for several of the UK's renowned national newspapers as well as contributing to magazines and TV.

When his first short story won Fear magazine's Best New Author award, he was snapped up by an agent and subsequently published his first novel, Underground, a supernatural thriller set in the coalfields of his youth. Quitting journalism to become a full-time author, he has written stories which have transcended genre boundaries, but is perhaps best known in the fantasy field.

Mark has also forged a parallel career as a screenwriter with many hours of produced work for British television. He is a senior writer for BBC Drama, and is also developing new shows for the UK and US.

An expert on British folklore and mythology, he has held several varied and colourful jobs, including independent record company boss, band manager, production line worker, engineer's 'mate', and media consultant.

Having travelled extensively around the world, he has now settled in a rambling house in the middle of a forest not far from where he was born.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.M Donovan on April 22, 2012
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If you have traveled with the whole crew, you have the character you most identify with already in mind. Their strengths and weakness', loves and hates are pretty clearly defined for you already. If that is the case, you believe you can skip the prologue. I would recommend not skipping it. Even if you have read all the previous books there might be some connections you have missed. After all this is an epic that starts around 2500 BC and goes up to our present day and goes from our world to the lands of Summer and the world of the dead. Just a lot to try to keep up with. Luckily for us, Mark Chadbourn does an excellent job as guide for the entire trip. Like with life, even with all the challenges (both every day and heroic) that our adventurers face it turns out that even the small decisions have consequences, many of which are unforeseen (even if done with the best of intentions). In the end, it is a normal bloke to borrow a phrase) that makes the difference. This book is an excellent end to the series and continues to play with the timeless themes and philosophical questions. I came away feeling a little sad, as though I had been through a catharsis and also feeling very philosophical. © Night Owl Reviews
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Pietersen VINE VOICE on May 31, 2012
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There is really no way this 9th book in the series can stand alone, you really need to have read at least the last three to understand the whole picture. There are so many threads, plots, betrayals and characters it's a complex but solid fantasy series.
It's come to the last battle, the last stand and with nothing to lose Jack Churchill and the other Brothers and Sisters of Dragons go all out. It's the culmination of a huge body of work, covering episodes from Celtic Britain to the present day and the otherworld of the Tuatha De Danann otherwise known as Faerie.
The exsistance of all life is threatened by the Void and the threat includes all worlds, in all planes of exsistance, even the land of the dead.
Right up to the last chapter I wasn't sure how this was going to play out. The characters are flawed and having doubts but you find yourself swept along and praying for someone to find some clever way for it all to work out.
It's clear Chadbourn has done a lot of research and the series was obviously a labour of love. It's huge and contains so many layers, so many cultures, so much history it's a feast for the fantasy fan. Gods, myths, magical swords, weak humans and cruel deigities, fears, tears, dry humour and sacrifice, it's all included.
I'm not usually a reader of series but the characters, research and pace of this Epic kept me reading and Epic is an appropriate label for this trilogy of trilogies, I envy anyone who is just discovering it.
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The universe is at a crossroad in which life on earth, the Land of the Dead and other realms will survive barely but changed or more likely die in a big crunch extinction event. Even the recently awakened ancient Gods in all probability will find their existence Void.

Champion of Existence Jack Churchill is the last hope. He and his horde, the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, understand they must attack the Fortress of the Enemy in what is a suicide mission to get to the enemy The Burning Man. Though these brave souls would prefer to run for their lives instead of confronting the seemingly invincible Destroyer of Worlds in a hopeless cause as several fear that Jack is not the Champion of Existence but as the prophecies imply soon will metamorphose into a malevolent Champion of Nonexistence. Betrayal from within from those who fear Jack could change into the evil ender of life and pray for a miracle that they did the right thing (though the deities will unlikely not answer the plea as they are in trouble too). This complicates the perilous mission as Jack and his supporters must destroy the Burning Man (or as some think Jack) before this essence turns the universe into the Void.

This is a super finish to the multi-mythological Kingdom of Serpent fantasy trilogy. Starting with the Caretaker's brief synapsis of what happened in the precious tales (see The Burning Man and Jack of Ravens) fans will feel they are inside an incredible realm created by Mark Chadbourn. Readers will enjoy his escapades leading e Brothers and Sisters of Dragons on a suicide mission in which doing nothing is death anyway.

Harriet Klausner
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