- Paperback: 415 pages
- Publisher: Pyr; No. 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159102739X
- ISBN-13: 978-1591027393
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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World's End (Age of Misrule, Book 1) Paperback – May 26, 2009
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What I found didn't quite hit the mark. The under-pinning research and scholarship was certainly there and the writing was well structured... but the story just plodded along. No big surprises, no uplifting plot, no characters that gripped you, just a long, slow plod to the end - another Arthur/Avalon modern trudge. My gut reaction was that this was a book one finishes between reading other books - as I say, a solid piece of writing but nothing to make you sit up in your chair - very put-down-able.
So would I recommend this to another reader? No. Just too slow.
I'm unsure when World's End was written, but at a guess I'd say before Swords of Albion, and probably at a time when the author was experimenting with pacing and hadn't rounded out his talent fully. Chadbourn is very much a five star writer in general, but just not this time - this feels like early work before he hit his stride. So three stars - all of which are for the solidity of the text as writing, but not for story.
Enjoyed this novel, found the characters believable and the story gripping at times.
I liked how the myths were represented as awe inspiring and terrible. Not the cute, "Disney-esque" treatment of some romantic writers.
These were the stories as they've always been, warnings and characters you should be afraid of - be very afraid.
The group who form this fellowship have nothing in common, some are not sympathetic personalities and all are flawed.
In true epic fashion they embark on a journey and face all sorts of dangers along the way.
The author does an excellent job, showing how authorities in this day & age would handle a supernatural event that is too visible to cover up - for example the spin that is given to carnage as a "mass pile up" on a motor way, when infact a dragon let loose with firey breath among heavy traffic.
I look forward to the next installment in the Age of Misrule.