My Review of Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

My Review of Dark Tidings by Ken Magee

Book description

What happens when ancient magic meets the internet? One thing is certain, modern life will never be the same again.

A thousand years ago, a young thief, Tung, and a disgraced wizard, Madrick, are thrust together in an executioner’s dungeon. In the darkness, Madrick reveals an incredible secret about a legendary spell. The great spell helps them escape their prison cell... and eventually their century.

Catapulted into the present day, their lives collide with Michael, a computer hacker who plans to destroy the world’s largest bank. But sinister people are tracking their every move and they will stop at nothing to steal their spell.

Dark Tidings is the first book in the Ancient Magic Meets the Internet trilogy.


It's a fascinating fantasy / contemporary thriller crossover. An ancient wizard from a long forgotten time and his unlikely sidekick travel through time and meet up with Michael, an Internet security teccie who has big plans for improving the world.

The main characters from both parts of the story are introduced and developed before their unexpected first encounter which ends up in the mother of all hangovers. The plot evolves rapidly and at times unexpectedly until it reaches a gripping crisis when all appears to be lost. However, all is ending happily when the plot changes direction and introduces what will no doubt become the narrative for the second volume.

Author Ken Magee told me about the book almost a year ago and it's been on my waiting to be read list since then. I wish I hadn't waited so long because I really enjoyed reading Dark Tidings.
Dark Tidings is an easy to read, light hearted novel which has a wonderful tongue-in-cheek sense of the author's presence with wry, humorous asides. From the start this novel moves along with a good pace and the pages almost turn themselves. The dialogue is snappy even when it's between the characters from ancient times which contributes to the energy of the narrative.

The two fantasy characters are very endearing particularly as they struggle to cope with the modern world they've joined. Michael heads up the contemporary cast and is a beacon of morality in a corrupted world of high finance. There are hints throughout of the author's take on global financial institutions not unrelated to recent events. Some of the scenes in the ancient world are heavy with threats of torture and overladen with gore and putrid smells; how this is then continued into the contemporary world is imaginative and colourful.

Dark Tidings is a very enjoyable fantasy novel and its transition into reality makes it unusual and highly entertaining.


You can find details of this and the other books in the trilogy on Ken Magee's Amazon Author page if you follow this link.

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Forget your specs!

Reading glasses?

No thanks. Just make the font larger on my Kindle.


Only problem - now I haven't any reading specs for recipe books, package labels, bills and "The New Confessions" by William Boyd (published in paperback 1987) and borrowed recently from my sister.

There must be a pair somewhere in the house, surely.


Which reminds me of an article in The Daily Mail On-Line I stumbled across about The Algha Works in East London. The factory has made specs on this site since the 1930s with very little change in the process. It makes for fascinating reading ....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2397428/See-inside-The-Algha-Works-Britains-bespoke-spectacle-frame-factory.html

.... and there are some examples of the dreaded NHS frames for kids which haunted my childhood. And then John Lennon made them a fashion item!

And, unbelievably, you can buy reading glasses in geeky styles and be right on trend.

http://www.roopevintage.com/reading-glasses

On balance, I think reading is much easier with an ereader.


Whether or not you need reading specs I hope you'll have time to check out some of the great books I've reviewed here.

My most recent review was The House of York by the acclaimed Terry Tyler. You can read my review here or go straight to the bookpage and try a free sample of the book. Five stars from me and fifteen other reviewers; and very highly recommended.

A few headlines from other readers:



Oh, I just adore Terry Tyler!

Best book I've read this year

Fabulous doesn't come close to describe it

Paradigm Lost: 5 stars and a round of applause for Terry Tyler’s The House of York.

Never in a month of Sundays did I expect the ending!

Incredibly good read

You'll Stay Up to Read This One

"You'll Stay Up to Read This One": well I certainly did. Excellent!

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Congratulations Jeff Perren and Clio Story

Just a short post to-day to say Congratulations to Jeffrey Perren and Clio Story for being voted a semi-finalist in the AuthorsDB cover contest. 


More details here: http://authorsdb.com/2015-cover-contest-results/19524-the-lighthouse-pylon


Book description


Approaching middle-age and desperately lonely, Lighthouse Keeper Curl Hoyer is pining to find a wife, the unique partner just right for him.

When alluring photo-journalist Henne arrives to do a story on him and the coastal facility, his prayer seems answered at last. Seductive and intriguing, she quickly makes him fall in love with her — all according to plan.

What is that plan?

At first blush, it appears nothing more than a desire to corral a man of unusual character. Soon, it’s uncovered to be a devilish scheme for revenge, payback for wounds nursed since adolescence. Henne intends both Curl and the tower the ultimate harm.

Why? What’s the mysterious connection between the pair that reaches back 20 years? How can a haunting seaside tower bring them together for one final showdown? And can Curl uncover the plan in time to save himself and the vital ship’s guide, standing guard for three generations?

My Review of The Lighthouse Pylon by Jeffrey Perren

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Get more details of The Lighthouse Pylon and all Jeffrey Perren's novels on his Amazon Author Page in USA and Amazon Author Page UK.