Antimagic (The Magic Crystals #7)
‘Antimagic’ is the seventh and final instalment in the ‘Magic Crystals’ series. It begins only minutes after the concluding stages of ‘On the String’, when John and his allies are preparing for what they believe will be the ultimate confrontation between themselves and the forces determined to magically enslave the world. Little do they realise just what it will take to bring the war to an end, the losses which must be incurred, and the sacrifices they must make.
Work began on MC7 in December 2016 and concluded in May 2020. While most of the story was written in 2017, Stephen Hayes had to overcome a number of writer’s blocks while tackling the series climax, only succeeding in making the push to the finish line during the COVID-19 lockdown. The end came seventeen years and six months after he began writing the first book in the series, and almost ten years after the series was set. This permitted Hayes to set the final chapter of the series in the year 2020, ten years after the war, to serve as an epilogue to the series.
Work on the audio book edition of MC7, read by Nick Flint, began immediately after the MC6 audio book was finished. It took about twelve months and was completed in January 2022. It was published at the same time as the Ebook edition in August 2022 and can be purchased here, while the Ebook edition can be purchased here.
The 2022 Paperback Edition, also published in August 2022, took a bit longer to prepare due to confusion around the printing process, ultimately pushing the publication of the other editions back by three months. It is available in many online retailers and can be viewed here.