Cherie Priest

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A good review day

7 years, 11 months ago, in the late afternoon

Some people have good hair days, I get good review days! I just got the most awesome email from Paul G. Allen at Barnes & Noble – telling me that Wings to the Kingdom is going to be a feature title for November! Holy crap! This makes four exclamation points in a row! Every single one of them is warranted, though – because here’s the review he attached with the email:

    In Cherie Priest’s sequel to her stellar debut novel Four and Twenty Blackbirds, the South rises again: or more specifically, the ghosts of the South. Chickamauga, Georgia, is the site of the oldest military park in the country – a place where a reported 35,000 soldiers died bloody deaths. The park has long been rumored to be haunted by a ghostly entity nicknamed Old Green Eyes, a hulking spirit with a glowing gaze that guards the souls of the dead from harm. But when visitors to the much-historied battlefield (scene of the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War), begin seeing ghostly apparitions in tattered uniforms desperately pointing off into the distance, the supernatural uproar attracts a team of well-known ghost hunters, Dana and Tripp Marshall, who vow to get to the bottom of the otherworldly mystery. Eden Moore, a “biracial Southern girl” who can see the spirits of the dead, is also drawn into the unearthly drama when she encounters the horrifying green-eyed wraith while lost in the woods near a mental institution for the criminally insane. Why isn’t Old Green Eyes watching over the souls of the dead at Chickamauga? And what are the old ghosts of the Civil War battlefield so frantically pointing to?

    Darkly poetic, powerfully atmospheric and hypnotically readable, Cherie Priest is to dark fantasy what fresh roasted coffee is to mornings – simply essential.

In other news, I’m going to go collapse into a little pile of squee now …

Good news

7 years, 11 months ago, around lunchtime

Booklist liked Wings to the Kingdom!

    The Civil War battlefield at Chickamauga, Georgia, where thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers died, is the country’s oldest national military park. There have long been tales of sighting Old Green Eyes, said to be the guardian of the battle’s dead, and now there’s a new wrinkle. To wit, sightings of ghosts trying to communicate vocally but ultimately resorting to pointing frustratedly across the battlefield. What do they want? Enter Eden Moore, first introduced in Priest’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds (2005), who enlists the aid of a couple of college classmates to try to photograph and record the ghosts. All hell breaks loose as a pair of celebrity ghost hunters shows up, and also a crazed killer shooting at anything that moves on the field. The plot, which begins slowly by setting the stage, builds a roiling crescendo and climaxes in an explosive scene at the top of the tower at the battlefield’s edge. The flamboyant mix of ghosts, the preternatural Old Green Eyes, and murder keeps one on edge.