First of all I would like to thank the author Mark Stay himself for being so kind and gifting me a copy of his book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The End of Magic by Mark Stay centres on (official blurb): “’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.”
The End of Magic is a non-traditional coming of age epic fantasy. The story revolves around what happens when magic disappears from the world and those who were once all powerful and magical lose their power. The magical beings and creatures within this world originally got there power and magic from the Lapis Moon however, there are a group of children who are known as ‘moon children’ and the Lapis Moon and its power actually blocks these children leaving them unable to communicate, think clearly and leaving them with blank eyes. To the rest of the world and the normal nomad human beings these ‘moon children’ are seen as low and only capable of very silly menial tasks. However, that opinion of ‘moon children’ as well as them being blocked by the power of the Lapis Moon is all about to change. What will happen when the magic and the Lapis Moon are no more and the ‘moon children’ are now the powerful ones?
At times The End of Magic does take on a rather sinister side. However, I feel that made the story and plot even more enjoyable. Human condition played such an important role within The End of Magic. I loved the fact that this story examined human emotions and actions as well as human motivations behind decisions and actions that many of the characters within this book decided to take or do!
A very big theme within this story is the fact that strong and good characters do bad things in order to survive. Along with this it seems righting your wrongs seems to also play a major part as well. There are so many raw emotions throughout this story and for each individual character.
The End of Magic is a well-written, fast-paced and funny book that has grimdark fantasy elements to it. I honesty can say I did not see the ending coming and I have so many questions.
I loved the fact that The End of Magic is a standalone epic fantasy however, I love that there is potential for future tales with this book too. I am hoping one day Mark does write some more tales based in this world or around it.
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