(The stunning covers for the Age of Misrule series, art by John Picacio, design by Nicole Sommer-Lecht)
Mark Chadbourn is just coming to the attention of a U.S. audience through his Age of Misrule series, which Pyr Books has released in three volumes spaced over the months of May, June, and July. Epic, substantial, and massively entertaining, World's End, Darkest Hour, and Always Forever are excellent examples of those blessed hybrids that make for excellent beach reading even as they manage to make you think. Chadbourn's premise? That the gods of Celtic mythology have returned, along with creatures like dragons, to our modern reality. The resulting clash takes place on a broad canvas while focusing on five flawed characters guided by a legendary champion to seek a resolution to the conflict. For once, too, a book's press release is correct, describing the Age of Misrule series as "one part Lord of the Rings, one part Illuminatus!, one part Arthurian romance, one part Harry Potter--100% original!"
Here's the final installment of three guest posts from Chadbourn (see also The Invisible Hand of the God of Writing and Mysterious Britain). Many thanks to Mark for taking time from his busy schedule to give us some insight into the underpinnings of his series.