A Blackbird in Darkness

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Ashurek, Medrian and Estarinel reach the legendary Blue Plane in search of help in their Quest against the terrifying Serpent M’gulfn, but their greatest struggle is yet to come. The Serpent lies in wait for them in the far frozen limits of the North – but it also threatens to destroy them from their very midst.

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Epic fantasy.

Don’t you love it? The brooding anti-hero, the gentle race forced to fight for survival, the woman of mystery. Warriors, sorcerers, demons, weird dimensions. Horses and swords! The perfect, ultimate, impossible Quest.

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost exactly thirty years since, as a schoolgirl, I sat down and wrote the first lines of A Blackbird in Silver. It wasn’t the first novel I’d started by any means, but it was the first one I actually managed to finish. That was because the image that first inspired me was the climax of the story. I kept going because I was always working towards that goal.

A Blackbird in Silver and A Blackbird in Darkness form a ‘duet’ that tells one story. The novel became a two-parter due to my publisher. They suggested making it a trilogy but I didn’t want to write a middle volume of ‘padding’ so it became a duo, and both books should be read as one. The idea sprang from asking myself, ‘What is the hardest thing you could possibly be required to do?’ Clue: it’s not killing the Serpent. (You’ll just have to read it!) And the Serpent M’gulfn? Growing up against the background of the Cold War, with the imminent threat of nuclear annihilation from bombs or unstable reactors, the image of lands laid waste and the soulessness of it and the impossibility of stopping it... all that fermenting in the murky depths of my young subconscious... that’s where my Serpent came from.

When I first began, my Blackbird world had a peculiar, intensely weird and brooding atmosphere that is felt when I return to it. When I came to re-edit this Immanion press edition, I did so with a light touch. My style has changed so much that I could have ended up completely rewriting it and then it wouldn’t have been the same book. Little has been altered – except that Arlenmia’s poor put-upon maid now has a name! So, with some considered pruning, it keeps its original flavour and a certain naïve charm. Enjoy!

About the Author:

Freda Warrington is the author of seventeen novels of fantasy, vampires and alternative history, including A Taste of Blood Wine, The Amber Citadel, and her latest, The Court of the Midnight King – a mystical exploration of King Richard III. She was born in Leicestershire where she still lives, close to the beautiful Charnwood Forest that has always inspired her writing.

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