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The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D'Lacey

The Book of the Crowman

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The Book of the Crowman' the second and last volume of ‘The Black Dawn’, is stirring, provocative and compelling. You most definitely need to start this journey with ‘Black Feathers’, this story needs to be told, to be heard from beginning to end. As the broken land fights back, Gordon and Megan are growing in their skills, gifts and abilities. Megan is the light to Gordon’s darkness, yet both are inextricably linked and both are fascinating. I felt as though I was bearing witness, as though I needed to remember this tale as a terrifying and terrible reckoning was thundering towards me. There is a subtle weave to the writing, paths link, join, and connect, yet this isn't neat and tidy, in fact, you may still have some questions whipping around your mind as you finish, however that feels right. Joseph D’Lacey doesn't hold back, I felt pain, I felt anger, I felt sorrow, but most importantly, when I thought I was emotionally exhausted, I also felt hope. ~ Liz Robinson

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The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D'Lacey

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. The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward. The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it. File Under: Fantasy


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

About the Author

Joseph D'Lacey

Joseph D’Lacey writes Horror, SF & Fantasy, often with environmental themes, and is best known for his unsettling novel, Meat. Other books to-date include Garbage Man, Snake Eyes, The Kill Crew, The Failing Flesh, Blood Fugue, Black Feathers, The Book of the Crowman and Splinters – a collection of short stories. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009. He also writes children’s stories with his daughter.

Click here to read Joseph D'Lacey on how he came to write The Veil.

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20th February 2014


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Angry Robot an imprint of Watkins Media


432 pages


Thriller / Suspense




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