The Dying Days

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The Dying Days

The Dying Days
Author:
SHANNON PATRICK SULLIVAN
Imprint:
Killick Press
Format:
5.5" x 8.5" paper
ISBN:
1-897174-04-7
# of pages:
250 pages
Published:
©2006
Our Price
$ 5.00

Item Detail

  1. Overview
  2. Book Review
  • Overview

    When his heart is broken, Christopher Prescott feels as if his world is falling apart. But his world is far larger, darker, and more mysterious than he ever believed. An act of kindness plunges Christopher amongst those who secretly dwell in the margins of everyday society. They are the Five Clans, and still embrace the old ways of arcane deeds, strange creatures, and sinister pacts.

    Soon Christopher finds himself the reluctant companion of a young woman with a dark past, and an enigmatic detective who may not be what he seems.  Together they journey along forgotten avenues, to investigate a grisly massacre and a warning from beyond the grave.

    Shadows deepen. Traditions shatter. Past and present collide. And the oncoming storm threatens to engulf not just the Five Clans, but the mundane world to which Christopher can never return.

  • Book Review

    Sullivan knows St. John's like the back of his hand, and his depiction of the Clan's Parliament in Bowring Park, his vivid interior shots of a George Street tavern, or his description of a pivotal encounter on Signal Hill will undoubtedly evoke keen memories and a few chuckles from those who know those places well. There may be a little too much blood and gore for some people, but the novel is a pure delight for lovers of fantasy and a great deal of fun for those who just love that old city.

    -R. Gordon Moyles, CBRA

    Although I was intrigued by the plot, two things really sold The Dying Days for me. One was the engaging warmth of the main character, a young man who is very easy to identify with. The reader feels pulled right along on Christopher's journey, and he's an enjoyable travelling companion. In many ways the story is a person quest for Christopher, and we see how he learns and changes over the novel's short span of time.
    -Trudy Morgan-Cole

    At the beginning of The Dying Days, Sullivan offers a quote from Shakespeare's Cymbeline, about how all "Golden lads and girls ... come to dust." This echoes later images in the book, such as this:
    "If you happened to be strolling through Bowring Pask late on this night, and if you were quick-witted and keen-eyed and lucky, you might spy a small child skipping gaily down one of the dirt paths which follow the course of the Waterford River...She enjoys a pretend game of tennis with herself on the deserted courts, and stares wondrously up at Peter Pan playing his pipe."
    The magic of images such as this stayed with me long after I closed this book, making me glad I discovered
    The Dying Days.
    -Sharon Hunt, The Current

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