Against A Darkening Sky

Against A Darkening Sky

by Lauren B. Davis

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Overview

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158611575
Publisher: Library Window Press
Publication date: 02/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 916 KB

About the Author

Lauren B. Davis is the author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, as well as THE EMPTY ROOM, named one of the "Best Books of the Year" by The National Post, and the Winnipeg Free Press, Amazon.ca and The Coast; and OUR DAILY BREAD, long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe. Her other books include the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, THE RADIANT CITY, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and THE STUBBORN SEASON, a named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by Amazon.ca and Books in Canada, as well as two short story collections: AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES. Her new novel, THE GRIMOIRE, will be published in the fall of 2018.

Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, the ReLit Award and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Lauren was born in Montreal and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, please visit her website at: www.laurenbdavis.com

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