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A darkly rich and foreboding fantasy which hovers on the frightening edge of a believable future. Set in an alternate England, so very similar to our own, volume one of ‘The Black Dawn’ focuses on two teenagers in two different time frames. Gordon is born at the beginning of an environmental apocalypse and Megan in the future, into a technology free world; both are destined to search for the Crowman. As with all new worlds, it takes a short while to connect to the time and story line. Joseph D’Lacey begins by setting alternate chapters to introduce the pair, however as they walk their dreams and their lives start to intertwine, their tales merge and flow together, into and around you. There are moments of real menace and dread as the Earth hits back against humans, the descriptive writing scorches your imagination. The sequel, ’The Book of the Crowman’ promises answers, although I must admit to being a little worried about what the future holds for Gordon and Megan. So, allow yourself to sink into the deeply unnerving depths of ‘Black Feathers’, to walk into dark places and through past places in this stimulating and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
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Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey
It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse. It is the Bright Day, a time generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. In each era, a child undertakes a perilous journey to find a dark messiah known as the Crowman. But is he our saviour - or the final incarnation of evil?
Praise for Joseph D'Lacey:
“Joseph D'Lacey has written a contemporary fairy-tale; here, in Black Feathers, you'll get everything you want to find in a work of dark, apocalyptic fiction: menace and magic aplenty, and characters otherworldly, scary and fantastic. A very special story, one to savour.” Paul Meloy, author of Islington Crocodiles
“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
“Black Feathers is poetic and compelling. It's a gripping story crafted around a deep core of eloquent anger. And it's scary - it's the scariest kind of fiction - the kind of fiction that rings true. D'Lacey has written a great book of and for our troubled times.” Tom Fletcher, author of The Leaping, The Thing on the Shore and The Ravenglass Eye
"Dreadfully visionary. Appallingly inspired. One could wear out a thesaurus trying to articulate the singular fusion of qualities that has come to define Joseph D'Lacey's work. Alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) horrifying, mesmerizing, shocking, unsettling, and beautiful, and always deeply intelligent, it's utterly unlike anything else I'm aware of. It's also utterly wonderful." Matt Cardin, author of To Rouse Leviathan and Dark Awakenings
“Black Feathers is an enthralling novel written with gnarly, knotty elegance, every page gravid with menace. Further proof, were it needed, that Joseph D'Lacey is one of our great, dark hopes for the future of UK horror.” Conrad Williams, author of One, London Revenant,The Unblemished and Loss of Separation
“A deeply personal story full of invention: as compassionate as it is genuinely terrifying. Joseph D’Lacey’s talent lies in creating realities too close to our own for comfort, but his greatest gift is in his ability to always make us care about both.” Carole Johnstone, author of Frenzy
“Joseph D'Lacey is one of our best new horror writers, delivering surprises, intensity, and scares aplenty with each new book. And with every book, he's upping his game.” Tim Lebbon. “Ambitious, passionate, vast yet intimate and utterly thrilling. I was already a fan of D’Lacey’s writing: with Black Feathers he’s pushed it to a whole new level…a new classic story of apocalypse and rebirth to rank with Stephen King’s The Stand…” Sam Enthoven
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Publication date20th March 2013
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