Blood and Feathers (Blood & Feathers 1) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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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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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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This book could have easily become another drab angel story that drew me in by its beautiful cover, where the heroes valiantly save the day (at the last minute) and you never really fear for any of the characters. But it wasn’t. Constantly, there was the threat of characters dying and constantly you were reminded that perhaps the angels wouldn’t win…
Even then, with the line between angels and the Fallen, heaven and hell blurred – loyalties are hard to place. Something Alice who has been dumped right in the centre of it has to determine, along with a thousand other things pushed away inside her head. The half-breed thing and consequent powers might just be the first thing on her growing list. She is an amazing character to follow because she’s not only funny but tough like its no-one’s business. Even faced with hell – you heard me – hell and Lucifer she kept going, making her own decisions. That’s real strength.
Lou Morgan wrote her character so beautifully, but it was her world building that stole the show. Phe-no-me-nal! (And that was me trying to emphasise the word, not because I can’t spell…) She has done her research and worked it into her own vision, where there are hierarchies of angels; a lot of whom don’t exactly fit the textbook definition. As well as layers of hell that seriously creep me out! The collision of these two was breath-taking. In particular, these scenes had an interesting cinematic feel to it and I can just imagine a film adaptation working extraordinarily well (someone needs to get on that. Now.)
One thing this book was missing is the romance aspect.Read more ›
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Earlier this year I read Sleepless by Lou Morgan and really enjoyed her writing. So when I received this book for my birthday earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get stuck... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maia Moore @ MaiaAndALittleMoore
A very enjoyable read. To call it fast paced would be an understatement. Keeps you gripped from beginning to end. Must read the next one now!!Published 22 months ago by .
I've always been interested in the subject of angels in fiction, so after reading a few reviews I purchased Blood & Feathers on impulse. I'm very glad I did. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Derek
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 morePublished on 28 May 2014 by Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
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 on 13 April 2014 by emily husain
The eons-old war between Heaven and Hell is given fresh blood in Lou Morgan's explosive debut novel. Read morePublished on 24 July 2013 by Ms. J. Hall
The aeons-long war between Heaven and Hell, between the angels and the Fallen, is hotting up. Innocents are being carted off. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by Darren Goldsmith
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 morePublished on 25 Dec. 2012 by I Read, Therefore I Blog