Black Feathers

Black Feathers

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It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.

It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.

In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour – or the final incarnation of evil?

File Under: Fantasy [ The Crowman | Joined Through Time | The Last Keeper | The Journey Begins ]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857663450
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 384,324
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

D'Lacey is the award-winning author best known for his shocking eco-horror novel Meat, which won him the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009 and prompted no less a literary luminary than Stephen King to declare "Joseph D'Lacey rocks!" The author lives in Great Britain.

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“A bold beginning to a new duology from the brilliant D’Lacey – where two children embark on a search for meaning that is riddled with ambiguity about the nature of the saviour they seek and which, ultimately, provides a siren call to live in harmony with the land.”
- Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season

I highly recommend this to any fans of horror, post-apocalyptic type books. Loved it, loved it - I want the next one already.
-Thoughts of a Scot

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Black Feathers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
For a book in which very little actually happens in terms of plot development, Black Feathers was a fantastic read. It's the story of twin journeys, separated by untold years, and intersecting at the moment of the apocalypse which lies between them. What Joseph D'Lacey has crafted here is a story that's equal parts Stephen King and Robert McCammon, but with an environmental message at its heart, as opposed to a spiritual one. It's dark and it's grim, but it's also magical . . . wondrous, even. The plot, as I mentioned, is deceptively simple. On the one hand you have a young boy by the name of Gordon Black, feeling from the martial law brutality of The Ward, and searching for a mysterious, messianic figure known only as The Crowman. On the other hand you have a young woman by the name of Megan Maurice, apprenticing herself to the village Keeper, and searching for the young boy from her dreams . . . who may just be The Crowman. Gordon's is a tale of apocalyptic horror, a struggle for survival in a world that is rapidly approaching its end. Megan's is a tale of almost epic fantasy, a coming of age story marked by dreams, prophecies, and magic. Similarly, the world-building is just as simple, enough to set the stage and ground our expectations, but not to overwhelm the characters at its heart. We see a world dying around Gordon, marked by food shortages, civil wars, and environmental catastrophes - all of which takes place off the page. We see a world reborn around Megan, marked by medieval like struggles for survival, with only the barest glimpses of the world left behind. It's a smart move, with the subtlety of the landscape making the ruined city of the story's final set-piece work so well. This is primarily a character study, which is fine because both Gordon and Megan are such strong, well-developed characters. They're authentic in terms of their age portrayal, making their accelerated maturity that much more convincing. Neither is convinced they are anything special, and neither feels the need to step up and achieve any sort of heroic deeds. They are young and vulnerable, but with a core of strength that is only revealed through conflict and challenge. Both are likeable characters as well, children you desperately want to protect, even though you know you have to let go . . . to let them find their shared destiny. As for the men of The Ward, they are appropriately sinister, single-minded, and religiously dedicated to their cause. They do seem as if they may actually be intent upon saving the world, but only so that they can control everything in it and about it. These are men for whom torture begins with pain and disfigurement, merely for the sake of making their subjects uncomfortable, long before any sort of questioning begins. They're also a bit comic, in a morbid, black-humour sort of way, and in the most unexpected moments. It's a great read, well-told, with a narrative style that flows quickly and easily. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter, and kept finding it harder and harder to put the book down. There's a great sense of mystery to the story, one that is guaranteed to keep readers coming back for the second volume. I suspect it will be a very different story, with the world-building established and coming-of-age element already covered, but I'm anxious to see how it all gets resolved.
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Lou_DeVille More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal! Destined to become a classic GREAT! The story is very human, moving, disturbing at times, the writing is excellent. I couldn't put the book down. The main character "Gordon Black" is mythical. This is a story very well told.
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A well written novel and a great story as well.
CSNelson More than 1 year ago
Joseph D’Lacey’s BLACK FEATHERS parallel story line places it in a league of its own and if not for minor pacing and characterization issues, would have easily qualified for a 5-star rating. It is written in separate third-person POV styles for each of the two protagonists, Gordon Black’s past tense to reflect his story happening well before the second, Megan Maurice’s present tense. The plot moves slowly but with finely crafted detail, and the variants of Green Earth stewardship are strong throughout. Mr. D’Lacey does a wonderful job of setting a solid spiritual foundation for his post apocalyptic Isle by borrowing various religious elements and motifs from the Celtic mythos of the Green Man. Overall, I found it to be an intriguing read and do recommend it for the mature dark spec/ horror reader. At first I thought that it felt akin to a modern Tolkien-esque milieu, with the details of setting and action so carefully rendered, almost to a fault. But it was soon obvious that what D’Lacey has done is captured a hybrid essence of two famous series: the raw expanse of Stephen King’s Dark Tower combined with Tolkien’s hand-carved Middle Earth. The wordcraft is remarkable to say the least, D’Lacey prose flowing to the point of near-Shakespearian at times. His vocabulary is not something normally found in this genre and adds flair of dark sophistication that serves to slow the read down so that you are forced to take in the scenery as intended. On the flip side, it is done so well that momentum is sometimes sacrificed. For horror fans, I can tell you that you will not be disappointed. While the dark arts are not as prevalent in corpus, the ambience of the Crowman’s presence hangs heavy over every page. And on that same note, there are a handful of scenes that I can say have topped even Stephen King’s description of splatter. It is in the wording. Joseph D’Laney describes the most disturbing of body horror with a lover’s quill. Yes, some of his scenes made me cross my legs and squirm in my seat. BLACK FEATHERS does lack some in characterization, at least in the cases of the two protagonists. There is an unbalance between narrative and dialogue that causes a certain degree of reader distancing and I felt this hurt the story a bit, making it difficult to get through at times. On the positive, this distancing also serves to ADD character to the personification of the Earth. It is personal preference only, but I sink into a character-driven story more readily. Not to say this isn't an amzing story! Overall, I do feel it is one of the better written books of the genre, definitely a breath of fresh cemetery air, but I do not recommend it to someone that does not have the ability to appreciate fine literature. This is not a typical zombie-mosh or vampy-romp. It is an adult novel with mature pacing and texture. And yes, I shall be reading the sequel because I did enjoy it and it has stayed with me.
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Main Location: <br> CrowClan is located at the base of a towering mountain. The terriory surrounding the camp is mosty made up of sparse evergreens and large stony outcrops. <p> Camp: <br> -Camp Clearing- <br> &nbsp --The camp clearing is barren, loose pebbles and leaf litter barely covering its dusty floor. Clumps of nettles grow beside the entrance, which is a short tunnel made by boulders. Jasmine covers the camp entrance. <br> -Highstone- <br> &nbsp --Where ceremonies ar preformed and announcements are made. It is a lichen-covered boulder, jutting almost straight up out of the earth, a slight diagonal tilt allowing th leader to prowl the rough surface. <br> -Leader's Den- <br> &nbsp --Nestled beneath Highstone, it is a small cave worn away by a creek, the bed now long dried up. The walls of the cave are blackened, showing hat a fire once swept through it. The floor is sandy, a moss nest crumpled in the corner of the den. <br> -Medicine Cat Den- <br> &nbsp --The medicine cat den is a hazel bush, the stiff branches woven with straw and brambles, leaves blocking out the elements. Multiple nests are set in indentions in the soft ground. The herbs are buried around the roots of the hazel bush. <br> -Warriors' Den- <br> &nbsp --A tall clump of goosegrass, the clingy stalks making a tunnel and small cave for the warriors' moss nests. The grass heads are woven together at the top to create an efficient canopy. <br> -Nursery- <br> &nbsp --Beside the leader's den, it, too, is a small cave, screened by a wild honeysuckle vine. The interior is walled with lichens, the floor sandy, nests made of feathers and the softest moss. <br> -Apprentices' Den- <br> &nbsp --A hollow, fallen cedar log, the root ball making a eating and training area for the young cats. The inside has been smoothed down by countless paws, numerous nests snuggled nezt to each other. <br> -Elders' Den- <br> &nbsp --A hollowed-out bramble thicket. Sunning rocks frame the entrance-way, oviding heat for the elderly cats. Their nests are lined with feathers and the softest of mosses.