[PDF / Epub] ☉ Against a Darkening Sky By Lauren B. Davis – Peakpopa.info

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 fl



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 ahistoricity of the book Davis is not attempting to create a wholly accurate depic


  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 beliefs in spite of hostile opposition from her lord, other villagers, and mo


  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 frame It was a mention that Hild appears in Davis book, that encourag


  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 author of Canadian fiction to be tackling this genre So for all the thi


  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 lives by love and who will encounter Christians who live by brutality.The


  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 feet firmly grounded in the old ways or paganism of the past, something


  7. 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 Christianity is moving into Britain So we have venal, hypocritical


  8. 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, wonderfully written study personal principles and beliefs, where the spiritual


  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 introducing us to the politics of religion in this era and any other by extension


  10. says:

    This was a stretch for me but I enjoyed it nonetheless A story set in primitive Northumbria where people live in caves and trust in a seithkona with her runes and herbal potions before the monk of the white Christ came preaching a message of faith and hope of a different kind The breadth of this author is impressive as I have read two other novels that she has written and they are extremely different from each other This story tackles matters regarding the human condition, relationships, conflicts, convictions and spirituality The characters Wilona and Egan draw


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