Books of Magic: Life During Wartime

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9781845760052: Books of Magic: Life During Wartime

This horrific, disturbing graphic novel is a new direction for the acclaimed Books of Magic, conceived by the writing genius behind Sandman, Neil Gaiman. Like a Hell-born Harry Potter, mage-in-the-making Timothy Hunter finds himself as the nexus for overlapping alternate universes, where a forthcoming war has spilled out over the Earth and its shade reality, Faerie. This mystic apocalypse will span the cosmos and wrench Tim into a reality that brings with it all the psychological horrors and blood-red savagery of a universe gone mad! Like Death and the Sandman himself, Tim Hunter is another of Neil Gaiman's unforgettable creations, but this time he's taken it and twisted - really hard!

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About the Author:

Si Spencer has written for such UK anthology titles as 2000 AD, Revolver and Crisis. For the past five years he has written regularly for Eastenders. Neil Gaiman is a NY Times bestselling writer, whose fiction includes American Gods and Coraline, and whose best-known comics work is The Sandman. Dean Ormston has drawn Judge Dredd, Judge Death and Missionary Man for 2000 AD. His other work includes Lucifer, Sandman and The Crow: City of Angels.

From Publishers Weekly:

This work's psychedelic cover by Frank Quitely promises weirdness within, and Spencer and Ormston don't disappoint, aided by a plot assist from series creator Neil Gaiman. A continuation of the adventures of Tim Hunter from the previous Books of Magick series, this volume doesn't require a grounding in the backstory. Yet it isn't too straightforward. There are two very distinct worlds here. The first is suffused with magic, where humanity (also known as the "Bred" and led by magician John Constantine) is fighting a losing war against the "Born," magic beings led by the Faerie Queen. The "Coalition," an alliance of humans and magic creatures, has joined the Bred in placing their hopes in the "Hunter," a missing messiah for mankind. That savior is Tim Hunter, the man fated to be the world's greatest magician. He's hiding out in the second world, a universe he has created where there is no magic, no war, no dreams and where he has no knowledge of his past or his destiny. Ormston's expressionistic art and Fiona Stephenson's acidic colors set an appropriate visual tone. This book's situations are left unresolved at the end, and readers who manage to find a way through the story's convolutions will likely want more. (Mar.)
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