A Feral Darkness by Doranna Durgin

“…as darkness thundered up the hill for her, ripping through the creek, shredding what brush remained on the island, churning a wide path up the hill, she dropped the rifle and yanked Druid’s leash, jerking him right off his feet and into the area she’d always considered part of the spring.”

Telling it from the end, I sobbed out loud and hoped no-one in the room heard, so that I didn’t have to explain why!
The story was a good one, engaging and intriguing.
Brenna links the spring on her parents farm to an old God when she is a girl of 9. Later a group of lads bring a darker force to the area, which wants to take up its own residence at the spring. Brenna must work out who is ‘with her’ and who is ‘against her’, including her mother, brother and the new dog obedience trainer at the pet store, where she is a groomer.
I found Durgin’s description of the dog ‘speak’ very realistic. My own dog also ‘speaks’ to me and some of her words are just like Druid’s or Sunny’s such as “Whoouh” 😀.
I have read other reviews where the references to Brenna’s hair are criticised as over the top. Myself, I didn’t notice these! Every author gives personal details to their characters to make them real, if you have long hair, you behave differently to someone with short hair. I’ve had both, so didn’t find Brenna’s behaviour odd, as regards her hair, or anything else.
This book was one of the most enjoyable ones I have read. It isn’t the type of book I usually go out of my way to read, I am glad I did and I recommend it to anyone who has a slight interest in ‘old gods’ and human/animal relationships.

5/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
As a child, dog-loving Brenna Fallon naívely invokes an ancient Celtic deity to save her beloved hound–and inadvertently anchors the new-found power at a spring on her family’s farm.

She doesn’t know she’s also left an opening for a far more malevolent force.

Years later, thanks to the actions of several angry young men, Brenna discovers the terrible potential of that gateway. With a devastating plague unfolding abruptly around her, she must depend on her wits, a stranger she doesn’t trust, and a mysterious stray dog who becomes more than just a faithful companion as she struggles to drive back the threat of a modern Black Death.

Welded by a desperate sacrifice, woman, man, and dog face the feral darkness together.


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