A Blackbird in Darkness

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Three warriors. An epic Quest. They are the world's last hope....

All-powerful and terrifying, the Serpent M'gulfn is poised to lay waste to the Earth and its mysterious Planes. Only three have the courage to challenge it: Ashurek, the fell prince of Gorethria, Estarinel from the gentle island of Forluin, and the silent, sinister Medrian.

Aided by the denizens of the fabulous Blue Plane, they are sent aboard the mystical ship The Star of Filmoriel back to Earth to seek the Silver Staff—a strange weapon that may prove more dangerous than the Serpent itself. Caught between the machinations of the heartless Grey Ones and the sorcerer-priestess Arlenmia, they cross fantastical landscapes and battle demons. As they forge into the frozen desolate wastes of the Arctic, their Quest to defeat the Serpent becomes ever more perilous and desperate. But the greatest danger of all lies in their 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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