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Always Forever (Age of Misrule, Book 3) Paperback – July 28, 2009
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"The third book in the Age of Misrule sage is an excellent finish to a fabulous saga as readers will mark this author for future tales. The story line is action-packed as the follow-up to the stunning defeat in the aptly titled Darkest Hour which is filled with escapades and adventures, but also allows the audience to see into hearts and minds of the fearsome five who have no hope for the future as all seems lost. Fans will admire them for their courage to carry on in spite of their anguish, accentuated by the belief that some of their allies died. The quintet brings the souls to Mark Chadbourn's great trilogy." --Harriet Klausner review published in 27 magazines: --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mark Chadbourn is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Underground, Nocturne, and Scissorman, as well as the nonfiction work Testimony. He has worked as a journalist for a number of British national newspapers, magazines, and television.
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Read all three, you won't be disappointed.
This is the last in the Age of Misrule trilogy, in which five champions, known as the "Brothers & Sisters of Dragons" and their companion Thomas the Rhymer travel the length and breadth of Britain to save humanity from the horrors of the Fomorii and the apathy of the Tuatha de Danaan.
Fantastical creatures and otherworldly beings who have shaped our myths, legends and nightmares from humanities earliest days have been slipping into the "real" world with devastating consequences. Dreams or imaginings made real can be truely scary.
The writing is powerful, the characters are solid and very human, inhabiting a world of unimaginable chaos.
All three books are complete and whole but I would advise reading them in order, there are so many back stories and small details that build up to complete the trilogy.
Anyone who enjoys well written fantasy, Celtic mythology or urban paranormal novels will be engrossed in this trilogy.
It is such a joy to find an author who can take the unbelievable and make it so tangible and real.
There is another trilogy from Chadbourn, "The Dark Age" which I'm planning to dive into next.
Also, the cover designs & artwork on all three books are stunning.
The only thing missing was a reckoning for those called gods in the book. Deep down inside I wanted Ruth to strike down the Queen of the Court of Yearning and members of the Court of the Final Word with a bolts of coruscating blue fire. Sigh ... perhaps soon enough.
Overall the series was a good read!
The only thing that really annoyed me was how long it took me to read. The font is smaller than normal and the margins are smaller. I ended up timing myself and I was averaging about 18 minutes per 10 pages. I normally read between 50 and 120 pages per hour depending on the same formatting and general interest in the book. So to only being able to read little more than 30 pages an hour but still really liking what I was reading really chapped my ass. That's on me but it rubbed me the wrong way about the book. And they are all like this, despite how much I liked this one and book 1. They're just slow, dense reads. But when I like them, damn I like them.
Because everyone's finally come to terms with their places in the greater game of humanity everyone's finally come into their characters and I got to see who they really were. Church effectively became a broken messiah, becoming the spearhead of the fight. He did it because it was his destiny. There was a little bucking and fighting but he finally came to trust it all and it always played out in the end. Ruth finally embraced her powers and became the powerful nature warrior she was tasked with being. It wasn't without its consequences but she grabbed that power by the balls and made it her bitch. Shavi showed the least change, only because he accepted his path long before the others. Veitch teetered on acceptance and completely breaking down. His emotions swung wildly in ALWAYS FOREVER and he was the character that became the most unstable as the story went on. He seemed to fight back against what was happening while at the same time being accepting of it. Tom . . . Tom finally let the human in him show and it was heartbreaking. As for Laura, she finally got over her crap. And oh my god what a wonderful character she became. Seriously. She really is an awesome, snarky, strong character when she isn't being an abhorrent bitch. That piece of herself she left behind in book 2 and good riddance I say to that.
If you actually thought any character was lost at the end of book 2 then you weren't paying attention and therefore I don't care if I just spoiled things for you. Wake up. It has to be the five Brothers and Sisters of Dragons for them to have any chance of saving the world. Get on board the Duh train here, okay?
I wish a little more time was spent with the fairies once the greater scheme was revealed (and I won't spoil this one, I'm not ALL black heart). There was a lot of fairy interaction up until that point and then it just became little more than passing mentions so when the conflict came to being resolved it was rather anticlimactic in regard to that subplot. It just felt rather `meh, done, move on' to me. I hope there's more of them in the companion novels (at least they look like companion novels and not technical sequels). There's a war going on there between the two fairy factions and I want more of it. I'm greedy. What can I say?
The darkness was actually kept to a minimum in this book, and rightly so. Time to end it all, right? Enough of the torture and pain and suffering and time to send the bastards back to hell, as Veitch would say. There was a real sense of accomplishment and hope in this book that the other two didn't have, for obvious reasons. It had its moments but the overwhelming feeling was positive. Even though the ending wasn't entirely upbeat, there was near-total resolution and a sense of calm over the land at last. And it wasn't just the ending; it was the entire story. A now or never feeling. Shit or get off the pot, if you will. It had a very different feel from the other books but one that I could appreciate. The foreboding was gone. Most of the apprehension was gone. It's just do or die and now lets get this over with.
ALWAYS FOREVER was a great, if not sad, ending to this trilogy. Everyone finally settled into being themselves and the world stopped being so dark. Finally the lights started coming back on. Despite my slowness in reading these books, I do look forward to the companion stories because Chadbourn left this book off in a rather interesting place. It plays with time travel which I have an inherent issue with because, really, no matter how it's described it'll always be nonsensical. But I liked the peek it gave me and I hope to have a full look at it eventually.