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Blood and Feathers Paperback – July 31, 2012
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More About the Author
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 and 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.
(Photos © Rhian Bowley, Michael Molcher)
Top Customer Reviews
"Dark, enticing and so sharp the pages could cut you, Blood and Feathers is a must-read for any fan of the genre."
High praise indeed, and the more cynical I become with my reading, the more I have come to rely on author blurbs. So what is BLOOD AND FEATHERS about?
Alice is a pawn in a conflict that has been waging since the Lucifer broke faith with the heavenly host. Under the tutelage of a hard drinking, hard fighting Earthbound angel by the name of Mallory, Alice must gain control over her blossoming powers and choose a side before the balance is forever tipped in the wrong direction.
So Lou Morgan actually manages to pull a sort of Anti-Twilight. Instead of making vampires seem really lame, Morgan takes angels and makes them dangerous and more than a little frightening. I'll stop with the Twilight comparisons there though, the two books have nothing important in common. What you need to know is that BLOOD AND FEATHERS is not paranormal romance. This is urban fantasy, colored in plenty of shades of blood-spattered moral gray. Morgan's angels are vengeful, ferocious, and downright psychotic. It's not their job to save the souls of humans. They are soldiers in an unending war against the brothers who have betrayed them.
This is a portrayal of angels that appeals to me.Read more ›
First, Alice was not a very strong lead character and seemed very wishy washy. Alice never questioned or reacted to any of the events that were u folding all around her. She never questioned, never had any intense reaction. Most normal people who are faced with angels, devils and death would either freak out in some way. She never seemed like a believable character to me which made things difficult from the start. Even towards the end where she's supposed to be some super weapon, she seemed more like a whiny little girl, lost and confused. You can't force your characters to accept things just to move on with the story..
The beginning was very vague for me. Where is this taking place? When is this taking place? I didn't understand what had happened to Alice's Mom/Family (yes you find out in the end, but it's like stumbling in the dark). I didn't, still kinda don't understand, where the mother and children fit into anything in the first chapter. I honestly thought that that was Alice's family because there is no transition or explanation between the first chapter and the next when we meet Alice. Is this the future? Same time? What the hell is going on?
This might be a small gripe but I found that most of the characters had little to no description. The author did very little to tell you what this characters looked like, so I mostly made it up myself, which is find, I have a healthy imagination, I just found it strange.Read more ›
Blood and Feathers has an interesting version of the whole angels and demons shtick. Normally I stay away from fiction that contains any biblical themes because I usually find them preachy. But Blood and Feathers appealed to me what with it’s description containing an angel with a drinking problem. So I thought, *shrug* it might not thump at me too much.
I was thankfully correct, even though it was about angels and demons and their eternal war, I didn’t feel like it was about religion at all. So kudos and score one for Lou. Mallory was the saving grace of Blood and Feathers for me. He and another angel Vin gave me enough chuckles.
“He doesn’t mean to be such a wanker – he just doesn’t understand.” – pg 23
The heroine, Alice is a woman in her twenties who has just recently found out she is half angel. I have to say, based on her behavior and attitude though that she read more like a prepubescent teen. I had heard from others who had read this that this read a lot like young adult because of her behavior. Note, I consider this an an adult, YA crossover book as there are no sexy times or any romantic elements.
Alice, lets just say I had issue with her. She was so blasted whiny. These were Mallory’s words not mine – directed right at Alice!
“Stop whining.” – pg 69
Thankfully as in most books when the character is whiny they tend to improve upon that as their character grows. With Alice that just took quite a long while for me. It was extremely difficult to like her, and when I’m not fond of a character, I find it hard for me to care what happens to them. My feeling regarding Alice can be summed up thus: So yeah, Go to Hell, what the flip do I care?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are so many paranormal books out there these days but I found Blood and Feathers to be a very original, refreshing read! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Reiki Wonders
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 for Citybook Review
Alice is unaware that she is half Angel and is being hunted by the Fallen angels while the Angels want to send her to hell, but... Read more
This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. Sharp, fast-paced, intricate, and just a little heartbreaking while still incredibly funny. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by readlikebreathing
I want to read this book because of the cover and blurb. It was creepy in good way and I love angels. I have this gut feeling that the book would be kick-ass, which it is. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Book Whales