Against a Darkening Sky by Lauren B. Davis

Against a Darkening Sky

byLauren B. Davis

Kobo ebook | April 14, 2015

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From the author of the acclaimed Our Daily Bread and The Empty Room comes a rich and fascinating new novel of mysterious, magic-riddled 7th-century England: Against A Darkening Sky transports the reader to a rich yet violent past where a young woman is torn between her deepest beliefs and her desire to belong in a changing world.

Wilona, the lone survivor of a plague that has wiped out her people, makes her way across the moors to a new life in the village of Ad Gefrin, where she is apprenticed to Touilt, a revered healer and seeress. She blossoms under Touilt’s tutelage and will one day take her place, but as an outsider, she is viewed with suspicion by all except Margawn, a warrior in the lord’s hall. When the king proclaims a conversion to the new Christian religion, Ad Gefrin becomes a dangerous place for Wilona and Touilt. Their very lives are at risk as the villagers embrace the new faith and turn against the old ways, even as Wilona’s relationship with Margawn grows. Wilona’s fate becomes intertwined with that of Egan, a monk sent to Ad Gefrin as part of the Christian mission; both will see their faith and their loyalties tested.

Torn between her deepest beliefs and a desire to belong in a confusing, changing world, Wilona must battle for survival, dignity and love against overwhelming odds. Seamlessly combining timeless choices and struggles and rich, nuanced historical detail that brings pagan Britain to life, Against a Darkening Sky is an exquisitely rendered work of fiction from one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated novelists.

Praise for Against a Darkening Sky

“Set against an otherworldly, intimate backdrop, Davis’s tale vividly brings to life a near-mythic period of British history while speaking to universal human experience.”—Publishers Weekly

“Richly layered.... Not just a compelling story, but a treatise on the idea of fighting back when one’s beliefs are challenged. The way one’s ideals survive in an ever-changing world, as imperative now as it was thousands of years ago, is at the crux of this expertly rendered parable.”—The Globe and Mail

“Brilliantly achieves the ideal for a historical novel: period and milieu seem utterly inextricable from character and theme, and together they illuminate timeless and universal truths of the human condition. Seventh-century England is fascinating. Wilona is achingly real. Her quest for an identity and a place in the world are richly resonant. Davis is a remarkable writer.”—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.

Title:Against a Darkening SkyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:HarperCollins CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443432113

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful read This book, by far, has been one of the BEST books I have ever read. It's full of magical prose that just sucks you right in. Honestly, you need to read this
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating and well written novel My book club recently had the pleasure of diving into Lauren B. Davis' latest work, Against A Darkening Sky. We loved it! We found the 7th century time period fascinating, the writing was clear and strong, and the characters were well developed. I particularly liked the relationship between Wilona, Touilt, and Egan. It was certainly an unusual experience to be taken back so many years ago, we felt completely immersed in that time period. All of our book club members rated the book highly.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indigo Staff Pick What a great story. Captivating characters, rich in detail, and set in a very interesting time. As Christianity spreads through Northumbria, two practicing Wise Women, Wilona and Touilt, struggle to find their place in the new order of things. The story explores humanity and faith, morality and justice, and where we may fit in a world rapidly shifting away from all we hold dear. Fast paced and wrought with danger, this novel should be on your reading list!
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great characters - a truly superb novel Loved the setting in 7th century England, really felt transported there. The relationship development between Wilona and Egan was well done, I really cared about them both, as well as Touilt who was fascinating. Between the political intrigue, the love story, and the clash of faiths, it kept my interest right from the beginning to the wonderful ending. One of the best books I've read in years.
Date published: 2015-06-02