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Review: The End of Magic by Mark Stay

The End of Magic

Mark Stay

‘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….more

My Rating:

The mage wars have been relegated to the history books, and magic has kept a long peace. But one rebel warmonger has seen signs in the heavens that the time of peace and great kings is about to shift in his favor in The End of Magic by Mark Stay.

Magic is a born gift pulled from the power of the lapis moon. The story follows two mages, “one being a witch who thinks she’s a warlock”; Sander Bree, a kings mage and Rosheen Katell, a solitary mage who flies around on her griffin and helps those in need. The difference between these two is illustrated incredibly well from the beginning, even though they’re both people of magic, their personalities and morals are clearly defined. The point of this if for Stay to establish that in truth, they are exactly the same and both end up at the wrong end of the sword when the lapis moon is destroyed.

The characters are all believable and admirable, even the mercenary turned wannabe king, Haldor Frang, has an amazing personality that makes him memorable. This fantasy novel is action packed. As things heat up and pieces start falling together, it is almost impossible to put this book aside. What was truly unique is that Mark Stay has given us a novel in the fantasy genre, but taken away the magic a quarter of the way through. What transpires is gut wrenching, heart breaking and grisly.

The kind of epic, embattled fantasy the likes of Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson, Mark Stay has produced a story with such a precise, deft hand that The End of Magic is a book worth binging!

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