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The Dark Citadel

(The Green Woman #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Evil is slouching into Providence, crawling into the rotting core of the Elders’ regime, and only a pariah girl seems to care.

Even in Providence, city of eternal night, there are rebels. Deborah refuses an arranged marriage and runs. But more is at stake than her unhappy future. Her destiny is to become the catalyst that brings down the whole corrupt edifice and its creat
ebook, 227 pages
Published October 4th 2013 by Musa Publishing (first published October 3rd 2013)
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Kate Wrath
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Kate by: Tammy's review at Rabidreading
Amazing. Stupendous. Beautiful. Moving. LOVED this book. Will write a more thorough review soon, but just had to say, for now, GO READ IT.

And here's the proper review:

Jane Dougherty has simply created something amazing. The feel of The Dark Citadel is Anne McCaffrey meets Clive Barker-- incredible language, immersive world-building, and truly complex characters, all rooted in a landscape that combines the best aspects of a dark, twisted dystopia and a rich, magical fantasy realm. I could draw co
Tricia Drammeh
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since a book captivated me the way this book did. I thought about the book constantly when I wasn't reading it and finally stayed up all night to finish it. I absolutely loved it.

Ms. Dougherty is a very gifted author. The writing is descriptive, but not so much that it interferes with the pacing. From the desolation in the city of Providence to the dark underground. From the unforgiving desert to the deep forest, the author gives the reader a full sensory experience. This
Margaret Lesh
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dystopian society Jane Dougherty created in the “holy city” of Providence rivals that of Orwell’s 1984. It’s a bleak and gray authoritarian world, where goodness is met with force, children are separated from their parents, and a caste system exists. The group known as Ignorants are anything but. Love and emotional attachments of any type are not allowed. It is, simply, a world without hope. Outside of the domed city lies desert that is said to have poisonous air, filled with demons and othe ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Dark Citadel
Author: Jane Dougherty
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Publication date: October 4 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61937-528-4
Length: 227 pgs
Book Series and number: The Green Woman Book 1
Rating: 5
Heat Rating: 0

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.

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5, No heat

Evil is slouching into Providence. Will the awakening memories of a rebellious runaway be enou
Julie Ramsey
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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“The Dark Citadel”, by Jane Dougherty

5 stars

Ah, Providence. What a lovely word. The dictionary defines it as “The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power”. Sounds like a lovely place, doesn’t it?
It may have been at one time, but after the bombs were dropped and the demons unleashed from Hell, it becomes the only city still inhabited, still in existence, thanks to the crystalline dome that covers it. And it’s a real question as to which is safer—the demons swirling with
Susan Lodge
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Citadel has a really hard hitting first chapter that sets the heart strings tugging. From then on I was glued to the book, eager to learn how this outrageous, post-apocalyptic community works.
The mere mention of the House of Correction and The Ignorants, reeled me further – I had to find out more.
Action packed, with plenty of poignant and humorous moments the Dark Citadel is totally absorbing as it takes you through Deborah’s desperate quest to find her mother.The heroine grabs your sy

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In Jane Dougherty’s first installment of the Green Woman trilogy, The Dark Citadel, she introduces the reader to an Orwellian city state, Providence. The last remaining city after a nuclear holocaust, it sits rotting beneath a dome while outside, toxic fallout and barren sands storm against the protective barrier. Deborah, the child of a convicted father and a sinful mother, rebels agai
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this tale of Deborah and Zachariah who live in Providence, a city in the middle of a vast wasteland where demons and evil roam over its crystal dome trying to get in whilst the people inside live like zoo animals under the law of the Elders who are just as bad as the demons. It is the very worst of humanity in a petri dish as most of them accept their lot and a few enjoy their power over others. The lowest caste, the Ignorants (Or the Dananns as they prefer to be called) are the worst tr ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenage and older
Jonathan Swift May Have Met His Match

The apocalypse has happened. The Earth is a wasteland. The survivors, the known survivors, live inside a crystal dome where life is controlled.
There are other survivors, though. Demons, angels, old gods, or the radiation mutated. Their names depend on who tells the story. They all want what's inside the dome.
They want Her.
Problem is, no one inside the dome wants her. Father is in prison. Mother is gone. Deborah is unruly and outspoken, something
Alisha Howard
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s been a long time since I've had to research while I read a book. The Dark Citadel definitely challenged my immediate mythology and creationist knowledge, but it was a fun ride. The story is told from the viewpoint of the two main characters, Deborah and Zachariah (both names with religious meaning behind them). The two are young teens who decide to break away from the dystopian Providence city, where the majority of humanity lives under strict regime with little free will. Deborah realizes ...more
Evelinn Enoksen
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m not sure I’d call it a YA, the story has a cruelness to it that sometimes sent shivers down my spine—but the good kind of shivers! When I started reading I couldn’t put it down.

In the aftermath of a war between Gods and Demons the world is shattered and desolate, because this time evil was the victor. Evil turned the ground infertile and the forests barren and sent humanity fleeing. The remaining humans live in the domed city of Providence ruled by the Elders who keep the people in a kind of
Chris The Story Reading Ape
A nuclear war destroyed all humanity except for those living in a domed city called Province, at least, that is according to the leaders of the city! But what REALLY lies outside the 'protective dome?
Mix elements of 1984 and Blade Runner together, add Celtic folklore and peoples, sprinkle through with almost every type of ancient classical and gothic mythical creature you can think of, good and evil.
This is the recipe (with a few more ingredients I won't name) for a cracking good read!

See my rev
Aderyn Wood
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Dark Citadel' is a post-apocalyptic fantasy set in the last remaining city, Providence. Deborah, seventeen years old, is the heroine. She rebels against the strict rule of the authoritarian city elders who decide every aspect of civilian life from social ranking to when and who they marry. She is a 'given child' which means she was forcibly removed from her parents as a child and given over to other parents to bring her up. One of the main (and more interesting) threads of this story is the ...more
Kitty Muse Book Reviews
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Providence. What a lovely word. The dictionary defines it as “The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power”. Sounds like a lovely place, doesn’t it?
It may have been at one time, but after the bombs were dropped and the demons unleashed from Hell, it becomes the only city still inhabited, still in existence, thanks to the crystalline dome that covers it. And it’s a real question as to which is safer—the demons swirling with the desert sand Outside, or the life of the citizenry
Rabid Readers Reviews
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Deborah has been poorly treated since being torn from her family and placed with “givenparents.” Each family is permitted a boy and a girl and if they have two boys one will be taken and replaced with a girl. The working class in “The Dark Citadel” is know as “Ignorants.” They are considered the lowest of the low. They are less moral, less clean, less human than their counterparts. Zacariah’s givenmother works in the House of Births and tells a neighbor of the horrible deformities of the babies ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jane Dougherty’s The Dark Citadel is an uncompromising dystopian fantasy novel that undermines your expectations of young adult fiction. In the old days we read C. S. Lewis and Arthur Ransome until we hit 13 and then we started on Stephen King and Clive Barker. There was no ‘YA’ category to buffer young readers with safe tales about adolescent revenge fantasies or vampires snogging werewolves. You were dropped right into the deep end. Jane Dougherty’s wonderful first book returns us to those per ...more
B.A. Morton
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A YA dystopian fantasy is not something I would normally pick up, but with that marvellous line “Evil is slouching into Providence” I couldn’t resist.

This is a tale of good versus evil with the most sumptuous world building and scene setting I’ve come across. By the end I felt I knew Providence’s streets and culture like the back of my hand. Delightful prose brings the characters to life and it does feel that every word has been chosen with care. There are some lines that are so cleverly strung
Nicola McDonagh
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A gritty and dark YA novel that is both exciting and dramatic. It is in general, a fast paced adventure with moments of stark realism mixed in with high fantasy. I love Jane Dougherty's descriptions; they are rich and evocative and really draw the reader into the story. 'The air was heavy and cloying, like tepid water with a little sugar in it.'

The heroine Deborah, is a feisty and foul-mouthed fifteen year old fleeing from an arranged marriage. She becomes an outcast from the sinister world she
Sue Moorhouse
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a complex young adult book combining a grim dystopian future city with many elements of mythology in the world beyond the city. This novel is the first part of the saga. The novel's heroine Deborah is a particularly interesting character to me and I found her problems convincing and exciting. The novel is bursting with ideas on the twisting of religion into a instrument of control. The totalitarian system is accepted in all it's brutality by most of its citizens and the only people who a ...more
Cheap and Lazy
Dystopian with YA Characters - Good Read for Adult Lovers of Fantasy. Beautifully-written, deeply descriptive prose didn't slow the plot. Dystopian is out of my comfort zone, especially when it's as dark as this one, and there was an edge to the graphic cruelty that made me wince. But the story's so good, the young adult characters so sympathetic, I was torn between rushing and savoring the book. Being a trilogy, it ended without resolving much. It was a good place to stop, though, and I hope th ...more
Carrie Lahain
I am always hesitant about "post-apocalyptic" fantasy novels. The pervasive darkness. The unending parade of grotesque mutants. The elitist, merciless "new regime," concrete evidence that all the death and destruction was truly for nothing. In my experience, there's never enough hope at the end of such books to justify slogging through them.

THE DARK CITADEL, book one of Jane Dougherty's THE GREEN WOMAN trilogy, manages to elevate this bitter recipe of joylessness and desolation and create someth
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Novels like this one are always hard to review, mostly because I’m not quite sure how I stand on it. On one hand I can see the potential of the novel and how other readers would really enjoy it but on the other hand the novel just didn’t work out for me. I ended up feeling confused by the middle of the novel and I had a really hard time keeping all the characters straight, which really took away from my enjoyment of the novel. T
Rosie Amber
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Citadel is a fantasy and book 1 of a series, it touches on a Dystopia style society left living in a dome surrounded by an inhospitable land full of demons. Inside the Eternal City a harsh system of High Class and Ignorants live where men are superior and women treated like a lesser class. Rules exist about families, only two children are allowed, one boy one girl and the authorities intervene and enforce this by taking children away and "giving" them to others. Food is scarce and there ...more
Dylan Hearn
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Dark Citadel, Jane Dougherty has created a vividly layered, cruel fantasy world where the city of Providence acts as the last refuge of humanity against the demonic armies of evil. Yet even Providence has succumbed to the all pervasive corruption, where the heavily structured society where love and affection are suppressed by the rigid laws and a twisted, oppressive religion.

Out of this gloom we follow Deborah, a young orphan shunned by others because of her parents, who rebels against th
Paul Trembling
There's a lot of positives about this book. It has a detailed and well-developed background, a good flow of words, and some vivid descriptions. Yet it really didn't work well for me. Partly that was the pace, which seemed a little too slow, especially in the early parts. I was also put off by the way that significant background information is communicated by characters without any explanation as to how they know it. The wild orphan boy, Jonah, might be expected to know the tricks of survival, bu ...more
Janice Spina
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Epic series that is destined for greatness!

The Dark Citadel is a series that would make a phenomenal movie in the fantasy genre. The characters are varied from good beings to evil creatures of all shapes and sizes who are constantly at war with each other.

Evil is vying to take over the world from The Green Woman and her followers and prevent her from planting the tree of life. The tree of life will bring back the Garden and transform the world from the cold, dark shadows of evil to the warm,
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When the f-bomb lands in the first chapter, I'm through. There are too many books out there to waste my time with foul language.
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Jane Dougherty is a product of the Irish diaspora. She was brought up in Yorkshire and educated in Manchester and London before moving to France to work in the wine trade. She spent fourteen years in Paris where she married and had four children, studied Irish for a year and taught herself Italian. Next move was to Laon in Picardy, a medieval gem of a town set in beautiful countryside, where her f ...more

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