Enter into Neth Space and you will find thoughts and reviews of books and other media that fit the general definition of speculative fiction. This includes the various genres and sub-genres of fantasy, science fiction, epic fantasy, high fantasy, hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, new weird, magical realism, cyberpunk, urban fantasy, slipstream, horror, alternative history, SF noir, etc. Thoughts are my own, I'm certainly not a professional, just an avid reader avoiding his day job.
follows 5 people who are destined to have the power to save humanity from both
the Tuatha de Danaan and undeniable evil of the Fomorii and their gods. Their
reluctant leader is Church (Jack Churchill) as they struggle to overcome death
and despair with the lost of their world as they knew it and the events of Darkest Hour.
this series primarily because it’s both a different sort of apocalypse and the
infusion of Celtic myth into the modern world. The way Chadbourn writes the
series makes it read sort of like a travel guide of ancient sites of power
throughout Britain. I must admit that this really appealed to me as it almost
became a sort of bucket list for my next trip to the British Isles (I’ve
visited some of these sites, but certainly not all). As such, I often would
have my British atlas open as I read. Seeing this fantasized version of how
history, myth and legend combine at these historic/pre-historic sites is
fascinating, and probably the thing I enjoyed most about the series.
struggles of the 5 ‘Brothers and Sisters of Dragons’ bring an authenticity to
events as each person has strengths, weaknesses, and flaws in their character. The
contrast of humanity and all its flaws presented against the evil of the
Fomorii and lack of humanity of the Tuatha de Danaan brings an interesting
depth to much of what happens through the series. The result is a different way
to look at the Celtic fantasy that comes in and out of fashion – it’s not romanticized
though sticks to typical fantasy format. This balance works quite well and
always keeps things interesting.
retrospect, the end of the series seems obvious and appropriate. It was one
that I think I would have figured out had I tried. But the truth is that I
would simply dive in and enjoy the writing so much that I never bothered to –
and I suppose that little bit says more about the series than just about
anything else I can say.