Destroyer of Worlds (Kingdom of the Serpent, Book 3)
by Mark Chadbourn
Cover Artist: John Picacio
Review by Mel Jacob
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616146177
Date: 22 May 2012 List Price $17.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
In Destroyer of Worlds, Chadbourn brings to an end the saga of the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons. Jack Churchill and his friends and others must ban together to defeat the forces of the Void led by his alter ego the Libertarian. The Void seeks to extinguish Existence and all humans (fragile creatures) as well as the Tuatha De Dannan and all the gods and goddesses from all time.
As usual, mayhem and sacrifice lead the way as the forces of light battle those of darkness to destroy the Burning Man and the Void. Friends may be hidden enemies and knowing whom to trust and what to believe creates momentous problems for Jack and his friends. Too, his friends are uncertain of Jack because of the Libertarian and their fear he is acting a part. Body counts mount and the loyal die.
Characters from all the previous books plus Brothers and Sisters of Dragons from all history surface here and join with Jack. Old friends, now enemies, also work against the forces of light. The dead provide guidance or aid the Libertarian.
Chadbourn creates fascinating characters and settings, but some of the energy flags. Philosophy and soul searching take front and center. The natures of some characters change in unexpected ways. All learn life lessons and take on new responsibilities. He incorporates beliefs from many cultures and geographic regions and the variety of myths and legends in this extended saga may bewilder some readers.
As always, the writing provides a smooth read with an exciting climax. Those who have never read any of the three trilogies may find portions confusing although Chadbourn provides a brief overview. Reviews of all the titles of the Dark Age series appeared earlier. The ending of the saga leaves opportunity for further adventures, but that is not certain.