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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


About the Author: Lauren B. Davis

Lauren B Davis s most recent work is THE GRIMOIRE OF KENSINGTON MARKET named one of the best books of 2018 by the Globe Mail, and a finalist for the Fred Lerner, Canadian Authors Association Best Book of the Year , a story about a bookstore that is the repository of all the stories in the world, and that no one finds unless intended to do so It is also about addiction, love, guilt, and flying caribous Davis is also the author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, a novel set in 7th c Northumbria, as well as THE EMPTY ROOM, published in 2013 A searing, raw and powerful a portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The National Post, and the Winnipeg Free Press, Editors Pick byand a Critics Pick by The Coast Nova Scotia Told with compassion, insight and an irresistible gallows humor, THE EMPTY ROOM takes us to the depths of addiction, only to find a revelation at its heart the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.OUR DAILY BREAD 2011 , was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as one of the Best Books of the Year by The Globe Mail and The Boston Globe.She is also the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, THE RADIANT CITY 2006 , a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and THE STUBBORN SEASON 2002 , a named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by .ca and Books in Canada She has published two short story collections, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE 2008 and RAT MEDICINE OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES 2000 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 A well respected creative writing teacher who has taught in Geneva, Paris and Ireland, as well as in the USA and Canada, she is also a past Mentor with the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence Program, and past Writer in Residence at Trinity Church, Princeton She now leads monthly SHARPENING THE QUILL writing workshops in Princeton, New Jersey.



10 thoughts on “Against a Darkening Sky

  1. says:

    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 ahistori


  2. says:

    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 beli


  3. says:

    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 fram


  4. says:

    Okay, so I saw this book at a thrift store, read Lauren B Davis, and my heart stuttered The Stubborn Season had a big impact on me since reading it over a decade ago, and I have mad respect for her ability in writing characters I quite liked this book I first thought it was a fantasy novel, simply because she did such a good job conveying mysticism and spiritual creatures of the pagan faith I actually thought it wonderfully insane for such a respected


  5. says:

    The dramatic sweep of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY takes your breath away in its story of the coming of Christianity the White Christ to the pagan world of seventh century Northumbria The novel is narrated in alternating chapters by the pagan mystic wise woman midwife Wilona and her intense and gorgeous communication with nature, animals and the old gods that seem to ride in the air she breathes , and the idealistic, utterly gentle Christian monk Egan who truly liv


  6. says:

    I enjoyed it for the fanciful mind of the writer The time period was interesting, and having lived in England I love reading about it s past I particularly enjoyed the different beliefs, with Christianity on the rise it made me think of all the old religions and means of worship how one belief can obliterate others I have always enjoyed stories with a shaman, in this one a medicine woman be it modern day natural healers with a mystical touch , characters with their fe


  7. says:

    I loved the strength of the writing in this book, and the characters experiencing diverse and satisfying story and development in primitive Northumbria and the inevitable clash between traditional forms of god and goddess worship and healing through the seithkona Wilona and the advent of Christianity represented by Brother Egan This story is a gripping adventure propelled by the characters without obvious plot points at least as I recognize them It is also a wonderfully, wond


  8. says:

    Only just scraped to three stars, because the writing kept me going And the conflict of cultures was an interesting device which allowed for a few unexpected twists.But, it isn t until the acknowledgements that the author mentions the book wasn t a search for historical accuracy but, instead, her fancies and perception of the period Fine Would have been nice to know that up front before the history rage kicked in.And beyond the history rage, it s the generally stock characters Christ


  9. says:

    I discovered Lauren B Davis at the Harbourfront reading festival and have read everything by her since An extraordinary writer who is able to inhabit the voices and experiences of peoples from incredibly diverse backgrounds, not only of place and circumstance but also of time This book looks at the introduction of Christianity into 7th century England by focusing on a young Christian priest and a female pagan spell woman It is truly riveting, nuanced and compelling Aside from introducin I di


  10. says:

    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


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