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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


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, D


  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


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    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 t


  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


  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 n


  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 ha


  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 Broth


  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


  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 Christia


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    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 worl


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