Spotlight: The Last Days of Magic – Mark Tompkins
About The Book
An epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and faeries, mad kings and druids, and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the Earth
What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.
Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and—with her twin, Anya—unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden.
As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world—and in particular for a young graduate student named Sara Hill.
The Last Days of Magic introduces us to unforgettable characters who grapple with quests for power, human frailty, and the longing for knowledge that has been made taboo. Mark Tompkins has crafted a remarkable tale—a feat of world-building that poses astonishing and resonant answers to epic questions.
About The Author
When Mark Tompkins wrote his debut novel, The Last Days of Magic, it was natural for him to combine his passions for religious history and mythology. Years ago, while lost on the back roads of County Clare, Ireland, he found the genesis of a storyline – the legend of Red Mary – framed on the wall of a small castle. Following this early inspiration, he embarked on the rigorous historical, biblical, and geographic research necessary to construct a fictional world that would meld myth with historical events and characters.
A lifelong writer and patron of the literary arts, Mark founded the Aspen Writers’ Network and serves on the board of the Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. His poetry has appeared in publications worldwide including: Grain Magazine, Parabola, Photovision, and Leading Edge Review. He has appeared numerous times on National Public Radio (NPR) discussing the creative process and been a guest lecturer on creativity at Texas A&M University.
Mark’s black and white photography is in the permanent collection of the Chinese National Photography Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He received a Certificate of Merit from Prix de la Photographie, Paris in 2008, and was a featured photographer at the Lishui Photo Festival at the invitation of the Chinese Government in 2010. Also in 2010, Mark photographed the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake on assignment for the Wall Street Journal.
Of Irish ancestry, Mark Tompkins was born in Texas, and raised in Canada, England, and New Zealand before returning to America for University. His success as an entrepreneur now allows him to write fulltime. He and his family split their time between Aspen, Boston, and Houston. His wife is a research physician whose work focuses on Haiti.