Against a Darkening Sky

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A new novel from one of Canada’s most acclaimed and celebrated writers, AGAINST A DARKENING SKY is set in 7th century Northumbria and is the story of 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, Davis’s new work explores what happens when one’s experience and beliefs clash with those of the people in power.
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About the author

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels THE STUBBORN SEASON, THE RADIANT CITY, OUR DAILY BREAD, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by both the Globe and Mail and the Boston Globe; and THE EMPTY ROOM, named a best book of the year by the NATIONAL POST and the WINNIPEG FREE PRES, as well as two story collections, RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES and AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Princeton, NJ.

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Publisher
ChiZine
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Published on
Apr 21, 2015
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781771483193
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Religious
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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.
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