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The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Dougherty
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Book Description

Deborah has a secret
But she doesn’t know what it is.
The Protector does
And so does Abaddon.
Both of them want her destroyed.

A wild boy and a pack of wolfdog pups are all that stand between Deborah and destruction.
But Jonah and Deborah have forged a weapon that even the demon fears.

Between them, the pariah girl and the dog boy will change the world. Or die in the attempt.

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About the Author

Jane Dougherty is a product of the Irish diaspora. She was brought up in Yorkshire, educated at Manchester and London, then moved to Paris to work in the wine trade. She now lives in Bordeaux with her family, a Spanish greyhound, and a posse of cats. She writes fantasy with a touch of history and mythology and enjoys retelling Celtic legends. She is a sucker for anything Viking. Following a family tradition, she also writes poetry and has been published in Poetry Nook Magazine and The Bamboo Hut.

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Jane Dougherty is a product of the Irish diaspora. She was brought up in Yorkshire and educated in Manchester and London then moved to France to work in the wine trade. She spent fourteen years in Paris where she married and had four children, sold a lot of wine, studied Irish for a year at Paris's Irish College, and taught herself Italian. Next move was to Laon in Picardy, a medieval gem of a town set in beautiful countryside, where her fifth child was born. She now lives in Bordeaux with her family, a Spanish greyhound and a posse of cats.

Jane can often be found on her blog

at her Face Book author page

or tweeting @MJDougherty33

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of Something Epic 4 July 2014
By clahain
Format:Kindle Edition
I am always hesitant about "post-apocalyptic" fantasy novels. The pervasive darkness. The unending parade of grotesque mutants. The elitist, merciless "new regime," concrete evidence that all the death and destruction was truly for nothing. In my experience, there's never enough hope at the end of such books to justify slogging through them.

THE DARK CITADEL, book one of Jane Dougherty's THE GREEN WOMAN trilogy, manages to elevate this bitter recipe of joylessness and desolation and create something fresh. The Last War has been fought. Demons have been unleashed and rage across the barren earth. What remains of humanity--most of it anyway--exists within a domed city called Providence. Society is organized as a fanatical theocracy. The focus of worship are so-called "wise Gods," but there's an undeniable darkness at the heart of the city. Men rule over women, but even men are subject to the harsh, strictly stratified social classes. There's a preoccupation with a figure known as the Green woman, a blasphemous, pagan-type figure determined to take the city and hand all the goodwomen and goodmen over to evil. In actuality, the Green Woman is the last keeper of Memory and has the ability to awaken this memory and rebuild the world. But to succeed she needs her daughter, who has been held hostage by the leaders of Providence for ten years. THE DARK CITADEL focus on young Deborah's discovery of her past, her escape from Providence, and the start of her quest to find her mother.

Jane Dougherty gives us a richly layered, character-driven story. Part I, which takes place exclusively in Providence, reminds me of a Dickens novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great post apocalyptic tale 13 Oct. 2013
By Suchea
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This is a complex young adult book combining a grim dystopian future city with many elements of mythology in the world beyond the city. This novel is the first part of the saga. The novel's heroine Deborah is a particularly interesting character to me and I found her problems convincing and exciting. The novel is bursting with ideas on the twisting of religion into a instrument of control. The totalitarian system is accepted in all it's brutality by most of its citizens and the only people who actually still have some understanding of the past and what is happening are labelled as 'ignorants' and are a persecuted underclass of workers. Beyond the city monsters and demons dwell!
An exciting and thought provoking young adult read.
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Jane Dougherty's The Dark Citadel is an uncompromising dystopian fantasy novel that undermines your expectations of young adult fiction. In the old days we read C. S. Lewis and Arthur Ransome until we hit 13 and then we started on Stephen King and Clive Barker. There was no `YA' category to buffer young readers with safe tales about adolescent revenge fantasies or vampires snogging werewolves. You were dropped right into the deep end. Jane Dougherty's wonderful first book returns us to those perilous times with a fast paced and highly imaginative story that frequently sticks the knife in, and then gives it a couple of twists for good measure. The heroine, Deborah, lives in Providence, a fascist/religious totalitarian state with a strict caste system sheltering under an immense dome. Outside, the post-apocalyptic wasteland is inhabited by demons, supernatural evil and creatures from Earth's ancient mythologies. As the novel unfolds Deborah discovers that she may hold the key to the future survival of the forces of good. To save the world she must escape from Providence to journey through the wasteland in search of her mother, the mysterious Green Woman. The author has created a massive tapestry for the backdrop to The Dark Citadel - imagine a painting by Hieronymous Bosch designed by George Orwell and set in North Korea. The novel throws a stream of fascinating ideas at the reader at a breathless pace and in many places I found myself wishing the book was longer, and spent more time delving into both the brutal regime of Providence, and the fantastical landscapes beyond. Hopefully in the sequels we'll learn more about the complexity and mystery of this desolate world. As I mentioned before, Jane Dougherty tells a brutal tale, and clearly enjoys whipping the carpet from under her reader's feet. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant dark fantasy 4 Oct. 2013
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It's been a long time since a book captivated me the way this book did. I thought about the book constantly when I wasn't reading it and finally stayed up all night to finish it. I absolutely loved it.

Ms. Dougherty is a very gifted author. The writing is descriptive, but not so much that it interferes with the pacing. From the desolation in the city of Providence to the dark underground. From the unforgiving desert to the deep forest, the author gives the reader a full sensory experience. This book really moves! There wasn't a single scene where my attention wandered. It wasn't a non-stop barrage of action scenes, but a very thought-provoking novel with twists and turns and danger. Always danger!

The story follows two main characters--Deborah and Zachariah--but also branches out to include Abaddon, the evil lord hellbent on destroying the Green Woman. We also meet Jonah, the dog boy (and probably my favorite character besides Deborah). The key to survival in the desolate, authoritarian city of Providence is to keep your mouth shut and do as you're told. Deborah is not well-suited to survive Providence. She's rebellious, questioning everything and everyone around her. Her sense of fairness and justice lands her in the House of Corrections where she meets Zachariah. I didn't like Zachariah nearly as much. His rebellion isn't triggered by an innate sense of fairness and equality, but more from a personal disappointment.

In Providence, evil is at work and it's only going to get worse. For those who are considered the Ignorants, there doesn't seem to be much to live for. But, we find out through Zachariah's storyline that the Ignorants--or Danaans--are very poorly named. They know the legends from the old times, the songs, the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Dystopian
I congratulate the author on her wonderful world-building skills and the sophistication of her prose. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars A richly layered, thought provoking dark fantasy
In the Dark Citadel, Jane Dougherty has created a vividly layered, cruel fantasy world where the city of Providence acts as the last refuge of humanity against the demonic armies... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Dylan S Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, dark themes with a touch of humanity
The Green Woman series starts with The Dark Citadel, and introduces us to its heroine, Deborah. She is a Givenchild, adopted when her birth mother escaped the oppressive city of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ali Isaac
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Good Read!
A nuclear war destroyed all humanity except for those living in a domed city called Province, at least, that is according to the leaders of the city! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chris Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I loved this tale of Deborah and Zachariah who live in Providence, a city in the middle of a vast wasteland where demons and evil roam over its crystal dome trying to get in whilst... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bodicia
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous read
This amazing story really grips you from the moment you open it!
It is about a gifted young girl trying to find her place in a world of perils and evil. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Author, reader, editor
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark fantasy with a bite.
A gritty and dark YA novel that is both exciting and dramatic. It is in general, a fast paced adventure with moments of stark realism mixed in with high fantasy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kimbie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Citadel
A YA dystopian fantasy is not something I would normally pick up, but with that marvellous line "Evil is slouching into Providence" I couldn't resist. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark & wonderful tale.
I've just this minute finished reading Jane Dougherty's The Dark Citadel, and what a read it was! Filled with characters for the reader to love, hate and admire, this story carries... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lady Midnight
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