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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Spectacular scenes of chaos and horror in a flood-drenched Chattanooga invigorate Priest's third Eden Moore fantasy (after 2006's Wings to the Kingdom). A devastating storm swells the Tennessee River to dam-breaking levels on the eve of Eden's planned move into a new riverside apartment complex. With the gushing waters comes a tide of corpses sunk in the river for more than a century, now animated and organized by a malignant force with an inscrutable purpose. When psychic investigator Eden realizes that the zombie army is converging on historic Read House, she draws a connection to the ghost of Caroline Read, who haunts the building trying to resolve a hushed-up 19th-century atrocity. Although talky and too dependent on convenient last-minute information, Priest's tale crackles with action and occult thrills, especially in the scenes of the inundated city reeling under the double assault of Mother Nature and the supernatural. Fans will find this her most assured outing yet. (Oct.)
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Review

"A remarkably assured debut, a creepy modern-day Southern gothic that doesn't rely on cliché but delivers an emotionally powerful tale of self-discovery and the supernatural." --San Francisco Chronicle on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"Wings to the Kingdom is not precisely a sequel, but a second chapter set in Eden's overlapping worlds--Priest's beautifully detailed culture of the South, and the world of the dead: immediately adjacent, and always visible to Eden. Wings is more firmly based in the physical world than Blackbirds was, but it's every bit as fascinating. Once again, Priest succeeds in making her story both straightforward and exquisitely strange." --Green Man Review
 
"Priest kills as a stylist. Debut novel? You could have fooled me. Four and Twenty Blackbirds feels like it was written by an author with the assurance and experience of already having many books under her belt . . . . the book has everything going for it and you should definitely pick up a copy to see for yourself."  --Charles De Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"There's mystical, sultry appeal in the thick Chattanooga atmosphere and strong characterizations (Eden's tongue is as sharp as the heels of her signature black boots), and a mixed-race heroine lends welcome diversity to a genre well populated with porcelain-complected heroines.... Girl-goths will devour this whole, but also suggest it as a larky follow-up to forced readings of Harper Lee, William Faulkner, and the like." -Booklist on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"The classic Southern gothic gets an edgy modern makeover in Priest's debut novel about a young woman's investigation into the truth of her origins.... Eden is a heroine for the aging Buffy crowd." --Publishers Weekly on Four and Twenty Blackbirds
 
"Wonderful. Enchanting. Amazing and original fiction that will satisfy that buttery Southern taste, as well as that biting aftertaste of the dark side. I loved it." --Joe R. Lansdale, Bram Stoker and Edgar Award-winning author of The Bottoms, on Four and Twenty Blackbirds

More About the Author

Cherie Priest is the author of more than a dozen books, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought, Clementine, Ganymede, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor (Macmillan), Bloodshot and Hellbent for Bantam, and three novellas published by Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, she is a newly minted member of the Wild Cards Consortium - and her first foray into George R. R. Martin's superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the frame story), debuted in 2011. Cherie's short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Subterranean Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The Living Dead 2, and the Thackeray T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. She presently lives in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband, a fluffy young dog, and a fat black cat.

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If you enjoyed her first two outings, you'll definitely want to read this one.
LizzieBelle
Interesting B characters or sub-A, if you will, help lend the story depth and once again, Priest's atmopshere building talents are great.
J. Parent
Definitely Priest's best book yet, and I'm looking forward to future books as I suspect she's going nowhere but up from here.
A. Chandler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Chandler on October 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Cherie Priest has hit this one solidly over the fence. The pacing is impeccable and intense, keeping you sucked solidly into Eden Moore's world. While it isn't absolutely necessary to have read Four and Twenty Blackbirds and Wings to the Kingdom to get into Not Flesh Nor Feathers, it will certainly make some passing references easier to understand.

As with the other two Eden Moore books, NFNF opens with a ghost. Lest readers of the other two books think they know where things are going, however, the story rapidly builds and takes a hard left turn into rising waters and the problems (not all of them mundane) that come with the river's encroachment into town. The novel is so realistically done that the supernatural elements slot naturally and easily into place, making suspension of disbelief and complete immersion in the story easy.

Definitely Priest's best book yet, and I'm looking forward to future books as I suspect she's going nowhere but up from here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dawn on December 4, 2007
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I was so sad to see the Eden Moore trilogy come to a close, but Not Flesh Nor Feathers was a wonderful way to end. The book had just the right amount of creepy and just the right amount of adventure. It was a delight to get lost in the pages and follow Eden on her adventure. I have thrust this series on all of my book loving friends. If you like tales of things that go bump in the night, pick up a Cherie Priest book. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janlynn on October 15, 2007
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The other reviewers tell the basic outline of the book. I love Cherie Priest's Eden Moore novels, each one gets better and better. Personally, I find them fascinating, and not at all creepy: Stephen King is the master at that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LizzieBelle on November 6, 2007
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Cherie Priest delivers another solid story in this latest outing of her character Eden Moore. This time, it's zombies that she battles during a flood of historic proportions. There's an uncommunicative ghost, a flirty newsman, a half-brother who's on the lam but wants to meet her family, and rising waters that bring shambling death to Chattanooga to deal with, and Eden does it with style. If you enjoyed her first two outings, you'll definitely want to read this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Thompson on December 20, 2007
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Prepare to be up all night! Three times in a row, Priest has written a book I couldn't put down. Once again she has woven a fantastic storyline for our heroine. The story flows beautifully, is easy to read but not 'dumbed down', is realistic(as realistic as river zombies can be, at least!), and keeps you guessing from page to page.

I highly recommend this, as well as her other 4 novels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Brown VINE VOICE on April 4, 2010
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Eden Moore can see and speak with the dead, which is a good thing, because Chattanooga is not only being flooded, but is also under attack by zombies. But the zombies have nothing to tell her, so she must seek information from ghosts, both a well known, fancy-historic-hotel residing ghost and the new ghosts of skater kids and homeless people who the zombies have killed. At the same time, Eden is seeking information about the curse her many greats-grandfather put on her and is about to have a visit by the half-brother who tried to kill her not long ago. Confused yet? Don't be- it actually all makes perfect sense.

I didn't discover until I finished this book that it's the third in a trilogy, but not only does it stand alone nicely, it doesn't have any of those long "and this is what happened before" passages that can slow down other series books. I'm happy that there are two other books with this character I can look for; I'm unhappy that it's a trilogy and not an open ended series. Cherie Priest has given Southern gothic a modern twist, putting it in a big city and giving it a heroine who is anything but languid.

Tightly plotted with pretty much non-stop action, I stayed up until the wee hours to finish this book. I was actually grateful to be ill, so that I could read the book without interruption! One of the best horror novels I've read in quite some time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bhr on August 31, 2008
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I picked this up in the library, because it looked captivating. And it was! But... I had to go grab the first two books and read them before this made ANY sense. You cannot read this alone. As others have gone into the plot, I will do more of a description of the series, from a newcomer's perspective.

I did go back and grab the first two. Finding Eden's past and all about her Ghost Whisperer abilities was, in a way, more captivating than this third book. This book had more of a sense of physical danger than the other two, but the other two were spookier. Especially the second.

The ambiance created by the author is lush and vivid. I have never been to Tennesee, and will probably never go. But I feel the life of the city from the author's eyes - and the bittersweet taste of a disappointed 20-something is reminiscent of my own days in my own city at that age. Her love affair with Greyfriars, an independent coffee house, and her friendship with sk8ter boyz who won't grow up are examples of this mindset. The entire series does skew young, but we oldsters can read it.

The author is very verbose, and in a different hand, these books would be much shorter. For the amount of wordage, there is actually surprisingly little covered. But the atmosphere is worth it.

I do like the way this book closes out - we are no longer in the same rut that we have been in the first 3 books. There are changes in the characters which have been building but have now exploded. I cannot tell anymore without giving away key pieces of the plot.

I would recommend the first in this series first, and if you like it, continue on, for they are all of the same flavor.
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