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The Book of the Crowman

(Black Dawn #2)

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The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it.The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward.It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Angry Robot (first published February 24th 2014)
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Joseph D'Lacey After several conversations with my publisher, which at first seemed very positive, it now seems that there is no plan to produce an audio version.

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After several conversations with my publisher, which at first seemed very positive, it now seems that there is no plan to produce an audio version.

It's a real shame; especially as Simon Vance's narration of Black Feathers brought the story alive. We had him ready and willing to read for the second book, however, for the moment at least, there's no audio version in sight.

I'll certainly make some noise about it here, on my blog, Twitter and Facebook should the situation change. Many thanks for your interest, Slick.

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Dan Schwent
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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Bob Milne
It's taken me a little while to decide how I feel about The Book of the Crowman. I'll be honest. I am somebody who reads for story, for plot, for characters, and for the strength of the narrative. I read to be entertained. I am not somebody who looks for messages, for themes, for morals, or for hidden meanings. I don't read to be preached at.

While there is no doubt that Joseph D'Lacey is a preacher, he at least couches his message in an entertaining framework. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed Black
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Judah
Feb 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
Well written, fun premise.... so why only one star?

Quite simply, I'm tired of the villainous lisping homosexual trope. (tripe) In the first book, most of the major events centered around gay rape or something similar, and it was revealed that the two main antagonists are gay. I stuck it out anyways, as I enjoyed the story. I couldn't do so with the second book.

We get it. Homosexuals are the representation/embodiment of the culture of corruption that is humanities downfall.

One star. Simple as th
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Monica
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book of the Crowman is the sequel to Black Feathers. Together these two books make up The Black Dawn, a story that D'Lacey originally intended to take up one volume. As these two books are a part of the same story, neither are stand alone novels, so this review will rate the Black Dawn as a whole with the emphasis on Volume II in particular.
D'Lacey has created a beautifully written book that is in part an apocalyptic tale, and also a story with fantasy elements. Whether you love Sci-Fi or Fa
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Ctgt
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When there was no law, when nothing beyond survival seemed to matter any more, there was a savage logic in violence and ruination. He half understood their feelings:
If this is the end, then bring it on....
But what if , as Gordon still believed, it wasn't the end? Wasn't it worth trying to keep the world alive, to maintain the simple trust that one person would neither harm another nor take from them just because there was no one to punish their actions. Surely, such trust was a Natural law, part
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Lisa
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 3.5 stars, couldn't decide which way to round.

Full review is here: http://tenaciousreader.wordpress.com/...

The Book of the Crowman is the grim and haunting unfolding of folklore with an honest and powerful conclusion. Fans of the first book should definitely give it a shot, if they find the first half slow, hang in there, because the story as a whole is certainly worth reading.

I enjoyed the evolution of Gordan's Black character as well as the pieces of Megan's story falling in with Gord
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Tammy
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy.

The nitty-gritty: Violent but compelling, heartbreaking yet hopeful, the harrowing journey of two characters finally comes to an end.

There had once been industrial parks and truck stops on both sides of the road. Over the years people had dumped rubbish alongside the verges and the black refuse sacks were caught forever in the barbed grip of the hedgerows. Shredded by thorns, the ribbons of black plastic fluttered and shivered in the co
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Becky
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A coming of age tale the likes of which I've never read and am unlikely to encounter again. D'Laceys duo is a complex and interesting weaving of horror, fantasy, and apocalyptic demise with underlying feeling that really makes you think. It's like peeling back never ending layers, with questions that never get answered, and that's okay. Because sometimes questions don't get answered. And that is life.
Paul
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black Feathers was a bit of a revelatory moment for me. I’ve read most of Joseph D’Lacey’s existing back catalogue but wasn’t sure how I was going to get on with a novel that didn’t fit neatly into the horror genre. I needn’t have worried, I was utterly engrossed by his first foray into fantasy. Since then, I’ve been waiting patiently for book two and now that it’s finally here I can confirm it’s a corker.

Whenever I read a novel, I’m always on the look of for evolution in a character. I want to
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Rachel
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Black Feathers was a favorite of mine amongst the 2013 new releases and so I jumped at the opportunity to read the second half of the Black Dawn series, The Book of the Crowman, when I received the ARC courtesy of Netgalley.

What grabbed me in the first book was the combination of D’Lacey’s character development and the balance he found in the vision of a future shaped by environmental apocalypse and the prose which was simultaneously visual and visceral.

The Book of the Crowman picks up exactly w
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Koeur
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher: Angry Robot
Publishing Date: February 2014
ISBN: 9780857663498
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.6/5.0

Publisher Description: The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it. The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. It is the Black D
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Colin Leslie
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book Of The Crowman is Joseph D'Laceys follow up to Black Feathers but this is no mere sequel, these books were always intended to be read as a whole, a single piece, The Black Dawn. While splitting the book in two was largely a decision based on publishing practicalities it has in no way harmed the impact of the story, both books are excellent but together they become something very special indeed.

The Book Of The Crowman picks up seamlessly from the action in Black Feathers and we are reuni
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Josh
The Black Dawn duology closes with THE BOOK OF THE CROWMAN; the fantastical eco war mixed with a religious like mythology and spiced with the otherworldly spun around young man, Gordon Black and his quest along the black feathered path. Accompanying Gordon, on a parallel path, is Megan, a Keeper in training who evolves into something much more powerful than a designated scribe of the Crowman’s legend, as initially introduced.

Author Joseph D’Lacey fortifies his characters giving them unique power
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Zaz
4.5 stars. A satisfying sequel with a good atmosphere and plenty of love for Earth, but which dragged a little and was crowded with hormones and blood.

Gordon is now several years older, bloody handed and still searching for the Crowman. While the Ward continues to hunt him, without much success, the young man meets for the first time several important persons. On her side, Megan continues to follow the black path, learning more about the Crowman, defending her land, and using words to describe t
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Daniel Ruffolo
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Book of the Crowman is the continuation of the post-apocalyptic series The Black Dawn by British author Joseph D’Lacey, which was begun in Black Feathers. The Book of the Crowman is a fascinating and engaging story that continues the seamless integration of multiple genres and styles that so interested me in the first volume. I was really looking forward to the release of this book, and was not at all disappointed.

Read the full review at Strange Currencies
https://strangecurrencies.org/2016/0
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Mieneke
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
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Lynn Williams
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Book of the Crowman is the concluding part of the Black Dawn story told by Joseph D'Lacey. The story started with Black Feathers (my review here). BotC picks up immediately where Black Dawn ended and we continue Gordon's journey to find the Crowman and Megan's story to become a keeper. Just a quick recap. This story is set in two timeframes with two different voices. Gordon is pre apocalypse. In his story the world is starting to rebel against the cons
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Grace Troxel
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:
http://bookswithoutanypictures.com/20...

The Book of the Crowman is the second book in Joseph D’Lacey’s Black Dawn series, an ecological post-apocalyptic horror story about what happens when mankind stops respecting the Earth and the land itself begins to fight back.

The story is told from the perspectives of two different characters, representing both the future and the past. Megan is a young girl (around the age of puberty) w
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The Speculative Post
I’m a much bigger fan of a multiple book series when it is split up after the fact for length, and not designed that way from the outset. That way you never feel like there’s any stretching of content, any filler there just to justify the trilogy, etc. The Black Dawn was conceived and mostly executed as one single volume, and it was only split when it was clear just how much story there was here. If you have yet to read Black Feathers, I’d absolutely suggest that the benefit of reading them back ...more
Captain Doomsday
Please note that this review is a modified version from my blog After The Last Day.

It’s three years after the events of Black Feathers and Gordon Black is older and a lot more ferocious. Roving between Green Men patrols as they take on the Ward, he is still searching for the Crowman. Stopping for shelter in the city, he meets Denise and Flora, the latter of whom gives him the first lead on the Crowman that Gordon has had in a long time. What follows is Gordon’s desperate attempt to find the Crow
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Sarah
Review originally posted at: http://andthenireadabook.blogspot.co....

The Book of the Crowman concludes The Black Dawn story begun in Black Feathers. If you haven't yet read Black Feathers I urge you to stop reading this and get your hands on a copy right away. It's a beautiful, disturbing dystopian paean to the earth and one of my favourite books of 2013 (my review can be found here). The Book of the Crowman picks up the story and follows Gordon and Megan as they move relentlessly towards their
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Ralph
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ebook copy from the author/publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for a review.

This is the second and final (I think) book of THE BLACK DAWN. The first novel, BLACK FEATHERS I reviewed in a previous post. Since I was given the chance to read this one for free, I had to start from the beginning, so I would know what is going on. I may repeat some details from my review of the first novel, then again, I may just add stuff.

This is the continuation of the early years of Gordon Bl
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Searska GreyRaven
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Darlene Cruz
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Excellent read. "Without the teller there's no tale" Telling and retelling, The Crowman existence. The keepers in charge of documenting the tales. Gordon Black fiercely moving through the story believing The Crowman does exist and will stand with him and the people of the land to fight for their future. Megan walks the black feathered path, she has the skills to retell the story of The Crowman right, and it's up to her how the future turns out, is it up to her? You won't know until you read ...more
Julie-anne
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gordon Black is still seeking the Crowman so he can help the Green Men overthrow the Ward. Megan progresses with her training to being the Keeper, although she knows her journey is coming to an end. The Black Dawn still rages on and the Ward are even worse than they were at the beginning.

This is the sequel to Black Feathers, which I really enjoyed and this book is no different. I absolutely love the story behind Gordon Black and how the earth herself has turned against everyone for mistreating h
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Rob
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are only a handful of books that I would say had a profound effect on me once I had completed it - books like The Good Medicine Book by Adolph Hungry Wolf, The General's President by John Dalmas, and David's Sling by Marc Stiegler. Having just completed the second volume of D'Lacey's "Black Dawn" duology, I can easily say that this series just joined that list. I stayed up an extra hour last night just so I could finish it; ended up wide awake afterwards because I was just awestruck from i ...more
J
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"this is where she came from; out of the very meat of this woman, out of her bliss and agony from chaos into form, from the perfect nothingness of the beyond into the imperfect beauty of this world "

loved this book so much, it's just as good, if not slightly better than the first! it's rare for a second volume to finish with the same strength and conviction of the first, but this book surely does it. a true epic that deserves a place right next to the stand, in my opinion. there was a point whe
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PopcornReads
We’re participating in a book tour for The Book of the Crowman, Book #2 in the Black Dawn dystopian duology by award-winning author Joseph D’Lacey. The Black Dawn duology is a post-apocalyptic environmental morality tale with strong roots in folklore and mythology, with the Crowman as the central mythological figure. Joseph D’Lacey is known for his horror novels, so don’t expect light and fluffy from this duology. The Black Dawn’s premise is based on Earth’s history of healing itself of destruct ...more
Brandy
Just finished this book last night. It is the sequel to "Black Feathers" & continues the story of a young boy, on a quest to find his destiny in a time of war. Then there is a girl, who must write the boys story through visions she has of him, while she lives in a more idyllic time, in a peaceful village. The contrast between the stories works quite well & it was one of those books where you promise yourself that's you'll put it down after, "just one more chapter".

I want more! Yes, the
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Chris Berko
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was easily one of the best books I've read in years. The second part of the Black Dawn story which began with the equally superb Black Feathers concludes the tale with a fascinating and completely satisfying ending. I know it sounds cheesy and clichéd but I was constantly rereading sections and paragraphs for their beauty and power. I highly recommend this for any fiction lover.
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