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Against a Darkening Sky A new novel from one of Canada s most acclaimed and celebrated writers, Against a Darkening Sky is set in th century Northumbria and follows Wilona, a seeress and healer whose life and way of being in the world are threatened by the coming of Christianity and Egan, a young monk from Eire whose visions may have brought him to Christ, but whose experience of the sacred puts him at odds with the Roman church Full of magic and mystery, Lauren B Davis s new work explores what happens when one s experience and beliefs clash with those of the people in power ➮ [Read] ➪ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) By Ellen A. Easton ➺ – Lavons.co.uk Against a Darkening Sky is set in th century Northumbria and follows Wilona [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly – Lavons.co.uk a seeress and healer whose life and way of being in the world are threatened by the coming of Christianity and Egan ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ Cell By Robin Cook ✎ – Lavons.co.uk a young monk from Eire whose visions may have brought him to Christ [Download] ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author BrenĂ© Brown – Lavons.co.uk but whose experience of the sacred puts him at odds with the Roman church Full of magic and mystery [BOOKS] ✪ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place ✴ Dean Koontz – Lavons.co.uk Lauren B Davis s new work explores what happens when one s experience and beliefs clash with those of the people in power Wilona is a survivor She survived the loss of her whole village while a child and made a place as a healer, midwife and devotee of the old gods in Northumbria during the reign of King Edwin Then enters Egan, an otherworldly monk who has a hard time coping with the world the two manage to keep each other sane when their world falls apart with the defeat of King Edwin at the hands of Cadwallon and Penda After listening to Jamie Jeffers on the British History Podcast for the past several years, Wilona is a survivor She survived the loss of her whole village while a child and made a place as a healer, midwife and devotee of the old gods in Northumbria during the reign of King Edwin Then enters Egan, an otherworldly monk who has a hard time coping with the world the two manage to keep each other sane when their world falls apart with the defeat of King Edwin at the hands of Cadwallon and Penda After listening to Jamie Jeffers on the British History Podcast for the past several years, I knew what was coming, but was pleased and surprised at the detail that Lauren Davis worked into the story to provide the details that make a tale live Will keep my eyes peeled forby her Egan is a devout young Christian monk perhaps a bit too devout Wilona is apprentice to the seithkona a priestess medicine woman of her village, and utterly committed to her people s indigenous religion In this vision of 7th century Northumbria, events will lead these two lives to intersect Through this collision, Davis explores questions of belief humanity.Historical fiction purists will likely be annoyed by some of the ahistoricity of the book Davis is not attempting to create a wholl Egan is a devout young Christian monk perhaps a bit too devout Wilona is apprentice to the seithkona a priestess medicine woman of her village, and utterly committed to her people s indigenous religion In this vision of 7th century Northumbria, events will lead these two lives to intersect Through this collision, Davis explores questions of belief humanity.Historical fiction purists will likely be annoyed by some of the ahistoricity of the book Davis is not attempting to create a wholly accurate depiction of 7th century life on the British Isles Rather, she uses our current popular concepts of what the time of religious transition was like to explore her fictional characters lives and emotions Although it s not explicitly fantastic I d say, it s about as fantastic as some of Guy Gavriel Kay s books , I d recommend this for fans of thoughtful, character driven fantasy It s somewhere between Kay and The Mists of Avalon Pagans will likely enjoy the story as well, with its vivid, sympathetic depictions of pre Christian religion although Christianity is portrayed in a way which could be interpreted as a compatible spirituality As a non religious person, I still enjoyed the exploration of why how people cling to things, and how two seemingly mortal opponents could actually havein common with each other than not.This is not a fast paced, action oriented book, although it s not gentle either Dire events are treated with realism and sensitivity The writing is lovely Many thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy for this very worthwhile book As always, my opinions are solely my own Historical fantasy set against the background of 7th century Northumbria, with the coming of Christianity, replacing the old pagan religion Egan, a devout monk, maybe even TOO devout, comes to that area, ostensibly as a translator, and his path and that of Wilona, a young priestess prophetess healer entwine He s an example of a Christian really living Christ s message and she is the last in the village of Ad Gefrin, clinging to her beliefs in spite of hostile opposition from her lord, other vi Historical fantasy set against the background of 7th century Northumbria, with the coming of Christianity, replacing the old pagan religion Egan, a devout monk, maybe even TOO devout, comes to that area, ostensibly as a translator, and his path and that of Wilona, a young priestess prophetess healer entwine He s an example of a Christian really living Christ s message and she is the last in the village of Ad Gefrin, clinging to her beliefs in spite of hostile opposition from her lord, other villagers, and most of the Christian clergy As the author states, beyond the research, this is a work of imagination She feels this is what life may have been like at that time The writing was gorgeous, especially almost poetic descriptions of nature, and deep character studies I felt immersed in that era Most highly recommended For me, this was about a 3.5 star reading experience, but I ve rounded up to 4 stars because it has so many things that I really enjoy First, its setting at the point where country religions are being replaced by Christianity in Britain Second, I loved that Wilona was a healer, as I enjoy that kind of character And thirdly, Lauren B Davis is an excellent writer.Back in 2013, I read Nicola Griffith s fabulous book Hild, set in the same time frame It was a mention that Hild appears in Davis For me, this was about a 3.5 star reading experience, but I ve rounded up to 4 stars because it has so many things that I really enjoy First, its setting at the point where country religions are being replaced by Christianity in Britain Second, I loved that Wilona was a healer, as I enjoy that kind of character And thirdly, Lauren B Davis is an excellent writer.Back in 2013, I read Nicola Griffith s fabulous book Hild, set in the same time frame It was a mention that Hild appears in Davis book, that encouraged me to pick it up Unfortunately, Hild makes only one cameo in this book as a child and we don t see her again.The ending is inevitable, but I still found it disappointing I guess I am a pagan at heart and I m always disappointed when Christianity triumphs If you like this book, I would definitely recommend Hild, as well as Marion Zimmer Bradley s The Mists of Avalon and Mary Stewart s Arthurian Saga, beginning with The Crystal Cave

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