Dark earth : a novel

by Stott, Rebecca,

Format: Print Book 2022
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A "superb" ( The Guardian ) novel about two sisters fighting for survival in Dark Ages Britain that weaves "a dazzling blend of history and fantasy" ( BuzzFeed )

"Rich in history and folklore . . . Stott is astute on the use of stories to control others and maintain power. . . . Female defiance blazes through as her women reclaim this brutal period from the men."-- The Telegraph

The year is 500 AD. Sisters Isla and Blue live in the shadows of the Ghost City, the abandoned ruins of the once-glorious mile-wide Roman settlement Londinium on the bank of the River Thames. But the small island they call home is also a place of exile for Isla, Blue, and their father, a legendary blacksmith accused of using dark magic to make his firetongue swords--formidable blades that cannot be broken--and cast out from the community. When he dies suddenly, the sisters find themselves facing enslavement by the local warlord and his cruel, power-hungry son. Their only option is to escape to the Ghost City, where they discover an underworld of rebel women living secretly amid the ruins. But if Isla and Blue are to survive the men who hunt them, and protect their new community, they will need to use all their skill and ingenuity--as well as the magic of their foremothers--to fight back.

With an intimate yet cinematic scope, Dark Earth re-creates an ancient world steeped in myth and folklore, and introduces us to unforgettable women who come to vibrant life on the page. A heart-in-mouth adventure full of moments of tenderness, this is a beautiful, profound novel about oppression and power that puts a female perspective on a historical period dominated by men's stories.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It is around 500 CE, and two Saxon sisters, 20-year-old Isla and her 17-year-old sister, Blue, live with their father, The Great Smith, on an island in the Thames across from the abandoned Roman city of Londinium. Isla has a deathly secret: she works in the forge with her father making forbidden magical swords for the Overlord Osric. When the sisters' father dies unexpectedly, Isla determines they should ask Osric for kin protection, but when they manage to reach his palace, they run afoul of his vile son, Vort, and must flee, encountering a young woman named Senna along the way. They soon find themselves in the Rookery, a sequestered community consisting almost exclusively of women. Though they are welcomed warmly, and Isla falls in love with Senna, they still wonder if they should travel farther north to escape Vort. Isla favors flight, but Blue demurs, and her sister will not leave without her. Can this impasse be resolved? Stott has done a remarkable job of re-creating post-Roman England, perfect in its verisimilitude. She is a wonderful writer, too, creating memorable characters and scenes of heart-pounding suspense. The richly imagined Rookery is a small peaceable kingdom that will be threatened by Vort who, bent on revenge, is searching for Isla and Blue. Will he find them? Read on, reader; read on..."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Stott follows up the memoir In the Days of Rain with an impressive narrative set in the aftermath of the Roman Empire. By 500 CE, the Romans have abandoned Britain, their city of Londinium lies abandoned, and Seax leader Osric is consolidating his power among the diverse peoples south of the Thames. Sisters Isla and Blue live with their father, "The Great Smith," who forges Osric's ceremonial swords. The Great Smith's seemingly magical metalworking skills, Isla's differently colored eyes, and Blue's psychic gifts signal an occult power to Osric, who fears this will bring his people bad luck. As such, the family remains under Osric's protection, but he exiles them to a tiny island on the Thames. When The Great Smith dies unexpectedly, Blue and Isla travel to Osric's camp hoping to find safety. Instead, they encounter Osric's violent son Vort, who is enraged to discover Isla has defied the sacred law against women entering a forge, possibly cursing the swords she has helped make. While fleeing retribution, the sisters discover a hidden community and new possibilities for the future. Stott concretely captures the brutality of the women's world, their deep resourcefulness, and the power of the stories that sustain and endanger them. This is a memorable achievement. Agent: PJ Mark, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sisters -- Fiction.
Women -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House,2022
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 313 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780812989113
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