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Blood and Feathers (Blood & Feathers 1) [Paperback]

Lou Morgan
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2 Aug 2012 Blood & Feathers 1
''What's the first thing you think of when I say 'angel'?'' asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. ''I don t know... guns?'' Alice isn't having the best of days: she got rained on, missed her bus, was late for work. When two angels arrive, claiming her life so far is a lie, it turns epic, grand-scale worse. The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating; an age-old balance is tipping, and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. the angels must act to restore the balance - or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever. Hunted by the Fallen and guided by Mallory - a disgraced angel with a drinking problem - alice will learn the truth about her own history... and why the angels want to send her to hell. What do the Fallen want from her? How does Mallory know so much about her past? What is it the angels are hiding and can she trust either side? Caught between the power plays of the angels and Lucifer himself, it isn t just hell's demons that Alice will have to defeat...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080184
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lou Morgan grew up in Wales, became a Londoner and now lives in the historic city of Bath - where she spends her days herding cats, writing and drinking tea. Not necessarily in that order of importance.

Her first short story was published by the British Fantasy Society in 2008, and since then her work has appeared in anthologies from Jurassic Press, Solaris Books and PS Publishing.

Her first novel, "Blood and Feathers" - an urban fantasy described as 'Alice in Wonderland goes to Hell' - was published in the UK & the US by Solaris Books in August 2012, with a sequel, "Blood and Feathers: Rebellion" released in the summer of 2013.

She has a weakness for pizza, cathedrals and Christopher Nolan films (although possibly not all at the same time), and gets very excited about medieval history & literature.

She can mostly be found on Twitter or at her blog: http://loummorgan.wordpress.com.

She is represented by Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group.


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A hell of a ride, but heaven to read: eerie, compelling and very funny. Michael Marshall Smith Dark, surreal and wickedly funny, Lou Morgan's reimagining of the war between Heaven and Hell mixes angels, alcohol and ammunition to serve up a joy of a read. Tom Pollock It's a challenge to take concepts older than the calendar and make them seem new. Louise Morgan has done just that. How to describe this, her debut novel? Bloody Heavenly!" Guy Adams Dark, enticing and so sharp the pages could cut you, Blood and Feathers is a must-read for any fan of the genre. Sarah Pinborough A storming debut! Lou Morgan writes with confidence, style and verve. Who would have thought that going to Hell could be so much fun? A must-read. Mike Shevdon

About the Author

Born in Wales in the UK, Lou Morgan grew up in a house with an attic full of spiders and now lives on the south coast of England with her husband, son and the obligatory cat. Her short fiction has been published by the British Fantasy Society, Hub Fiction and Morpheus Tales, and most recently her story At the Sign of the Black Dove appeared in the Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse anthology. She drinks a lot of tea, is very mouthy about archery and likes cathedrals, comics and Christopher Nolan movies. And probably things beginning with other letters of the alphabet, too. She can be found online at loumorgan.co.uk, or - far too often - wasting time on Twitter as @LouMorgan. Blood and Feathers is her first novel.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels vs Demons 5 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
Alice isn't having the best of days - late for work, missed the bus, and now she's getting rained on - but it's about to get worse.

The war between the angels and the Fallen is escalating and innocent civilians are getting caught in the cross-fire. If the balance is to be restored, the angels must act - or risk the Fallen taking control. Forever. That's where Alice comes in. Hunted by the Fallen and guided by Mallory - a disgraced angel with a drinking problem he doesn't want to fix - Alice will learn the truth about her own history... and why the angels want to send her to hell.

What do the Fallen want from her? How does Mallory know so much about her past? What is it the angels are hiding - and can she trust either side?

There is something terribly enticing about the idea of the ultimate battle between good versus evil. Now, I'll freely admit that I'm a confirmed atheist, but I still can't help but be intrigued by the concepts of heaven and hell and their eternal struggle against one another.

Like a modern day Dante, Alice travels into the underworld (or through the looking glass?), to discover the truth of her own origins. Why is she so important to both sides in this conflict? Alice's journey of self-discovery acts as the perfect introduction to Morgan's universe. The reader gets to tag along and learn the rules of engagement at the same time as Alice does. There are various types of angel, and each caste has their own rules and abilities.

Alice is an engaging lead. Her sardonic attitude is infectious and I found myself enjoying the fact that she doesn't suffer fools gladly.

What's the first thing you think of when I say `angel'?" asked Mallory. Alice shrugged. "I don't know...guns?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful debut for me 16 Aug 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As usual with a debut, I always get a mixed feeling of what I'm going to get. Firstly nerves as I'm worried that I could have spent the time better with a more known name and secondly elation as I realise that all bets are off alongside the gloves as the new author comes out punching.

What Lou brings to the reader is a story that has emotional context, a wonderfully rich context and of course a story that has redemption in many forms hidden within. It brings new light to the two sects within (angels and demons) and allows the reader to immerse themselves as emotion turmoil mixes with battle sequences as our heroine seeks to find her place alongside the truth about herself.

Its definitely something novel and a book that I devoured quite quickly as the pace alongside wonderful characterisation carried me away from the real world for a good few hours. All in a cracking read and a world that I'll look forward to visiting again in Lou's next outing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut! 28 Sep 2012
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Blood and Feathers is one of those books I simply don't know how to write a review of. Why, you ask? Because there is one word that to me feels like it sums up the entirety of the book: perfect. But `perfect' isn't much of a review, so I am going to have to put away my fanboy grin for a bit, and attempt to explain why I feel this way about this book.

Set in the modern world, Blood and Feathers aims--and manages--to offer a difference in a genre where detectives, wizards, vampires, and werewolves are usually centre stage. It tells an old story: that of the war in between Heaven and Hell. Apart from the fact that this isn't really like any story of the war in between the two that you have ever read about.

Alice is a normal girl, at least as far as she knows, with a normal job and, as far as possible when images she can't explain haunt her from her childhood, a normal life. But her world is about to be turned upside down when two angels turn up at her house, and she witnesses her father being murdered. She is dragged into a war that, as far as she knows, she has nothing to do with.

But Alice is a half-angel--daughter of an angel and a priest--and she has an important job to do, whether she is ready for it or not. With Hellmouths opening up everywhere, Hell is tipping the balance in its favour, and the angels, Earthbound, Descended, or otherwise, aren't about to let that happen.

With Mallory--an Earthbound with a troubled past and a drinking problem--as her guide and mentor, Alice must come to terms with her power if she is to accomplish the task that is set in front of her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heavenly, hellish urban fantasy debút 17 Aug 2012
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Hailed as "dark, enticing" and "wickedly funny", Blood and Feathers is an urban fantasy hit that offers a classic war between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, described as "Alice in Wonderland goes to Hell". Hardly standard fare for a genre that's usually all about the darker underbelly of the world's sprawling metropolises and the magic within. But that's what's so unbearably good about it; it offers something that feels new and exciting in a genre where the detectives, investigators, wizards and vampires have become a little old and tired.

Alice is a normal girl, with a normal life and a normal job--except that she isn't, only she doesn't know it until two angels turn up at her house and her father is killed. Alice loses everything and gains a whole new life; at least, that's the theory of it. In practise, blending in with and adjusting to a new life as a half-angel (which isn't really new, of course, since she's always been a half-angel) isn't nearly as easy as it sounds.

Alice has a job to do, but the angels around her are being sketchy about the details; all she's told is--in great detail--about the war between Heaven and Hell, and how the ranks of the angels work. That's all well and good, thinks Alice, but what about the fact that her entire life has been turned upside down, and now she's being asked to waltz right into Hell and complete a task only she can. Surrounded by angels who are altogether less than angelic, Alice has to deal with her newly realised bloodline, whilst trying to fathom what's going on behind the scenes and--most importantly--who she can trust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a read
Review: Alice is not having a good day. And it all gets worse when her dad is killed in front ofher and two angels, Gwyn and Mallory, drag her into the war between Angels and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nina (Death Books and Tea)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series
If you like Laini Taylor, you'll like this. It's well-written and compelling - I will definitely buy the second book. The jacket design is also great.
Published 2 months ago by emily husain
4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Heaven
The eons-old war between Heaven and Hell is given fresh blood in Lou Morgan's explosive debut novel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. J. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
The aeons-long war between Heaven and Hell, between the angels and the Fallen, is hotting up. Innocents are being carted off. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darren Goldsmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid modern update of the war between hell and heaven
When Alice comes home after a bad day at work, she's not particularly interested in the two strange men sitting with her dad in the front room. Read more
Published 18 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Feathers is a confident debut.
Working on the premise that the War between Heaven and Hell is starting to gather momentum, the main character Alice finds herself stuck smack dab in the middle of it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mygoditsraining
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice and the Angels equals Awesome
As we've recently established I'm a sucker for a great cover, it'll come as no surprise that I love the cover for Blood and Feathers. Pye Parr did a stunning job on this one. Read more
Published 23 months ago by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
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