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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Louise Morgan’s first short story was published by the British Fantasy Society in 2008, and her work has since appeared in venues including Hub Magazine and Morpheus Tales. Born in Wales, she now lives with her husband and son in Brighton, England, placing her firmly on the front line in the event of a mutant-squid attack. This is not something she likes to think about. “Blood and Feathers” is her first novel.

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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 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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas X. P. Sharps VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Thank you, oh thank you Literary Gods! I was terrified that BLOOD AND FEATHERS by Lou Morgan would turn out to Twilight with angels standing in for vampires. Why read on with the threat of a sparkly-vampire guillotine hanging over my head? Well in case you hadn't noticed I have become a big fan of Solaris Books. So far this is a publisher that has done little to steer me wrong. Oh and there is a quote by EBR favorite, Sarah Pinborough that goes a little like this...

"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JlWelch on August 30, 2012
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I'll say first that this was an alright read, somewhere between a 3 and 3.5 rating, and mostly because the beginning of this story was so convoluted and confusing I felt lost. I have a few issues with this book, mostly they are all in the first 1/3 of the book so I guess I'll just go down the line..

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.
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There are so many paranormal books out there these days but I found Blood and Feathers to be a very original, refreshing read! The story dives right in with Alice arriving home from work to find her father and two strange men Mallory and Gwyn in her living room. Her father is murdered in front of her eyes and the men turn out to be angels come to rescue her from the Fallen. Unknown to her she is a half breed angel with extraordinary fire powers. Both sides want her as a weapon in the never ending war between the Archangel Michael and Lucifer. Okay so stories about Michael and Lucifer are not new but the author introduces some very original and likable characters such as the booze swigging earthbound angel (they've had their wings clipped for punishment and must served their allotted time on earth) Mallory who has a likeness for guns and Vin another earthbound with a great sense of humor who likes to hang out in Hong Kong. Alice, Mallory and Vin become fast friends and there is a lot of amusing banter between them.

We learn that not all angels or indeed archangels are nice and they are just as greedy and power crazed as anyone else is capable of being. Ms. Morgan gives a great description of hell and there are some surprises along the way. The book concludes with the angels breaching the gates of hell and a huge battle, which is very well written. This is not a romance story but there is plenty of action, humor and soul to this book. I could not put it down. Now I'm off to read the next one in the series Blood and Feathers Rebellion.
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