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Not Flesh Nor Feathers (Eden Moore) Paperback – October 2, 2007
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“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
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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.
I highly recommend this, as well as her other 4 novels!
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.
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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(Bk 3/Eden Moore series) Modern southern gothic. Set in Chattanooga, we meet up with Eden Moore again. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Easily my favorite of the Eden Moore trilogy, I found this one to be the scariest of the three, but also much more "fun" and all-around entertaining.Published on March 14, 2009 by Britta K. Dennison
I think Cherie Priest has really set the bar high, both for the horror genre, and for her own works. Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by Lupa
I've loved each of the preceding Eden Moore books, but Not Flesh Nor Feathers is by far the best of the trilogy. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by S. Grauschopf