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A Feral Darkness

A Feral Darkness, Backlist eBook A Feral Darkness


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First Edition Baen 2001

Suspense, subtle romance, and a Celtic dog all bundled into a contemporary fantasy setting.

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, 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.

Backlist cover art by Doranna Durgin
Baen cover art by Larry Elmore

Hair of the Dog Hair of the Dog:
A Feral Darkness Story

Original release:
Sirius: the Dog Star, DAW
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One woman, one dog, one god...finding the line between justice and revenge.

Brenna Lynn Fallon grooms dogs, owns a Cardigan Welsh Corgi with a little something extra, and has a lifetime acquaintance with the ancient power once known as the Celtic god Nuadha.  But there are responsibilities that come with being favored by a god, and the threats Brenna faces don't always come from things supernatural...or even from outside herself.

"Doranna Durgin's writing grabs you from the start. The characters (both human and canine) were an engaging mix of heroes, villains, and the in-between sort, each with plausible motives driving their actions. Absolutely loved the Corgi, and the meticulous detail of the dog grooming business added a layer of realism to a complex story.

"Well-paced and cleverly developed, the plot is a fascinating mix of fantasy and mystery. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, you’ll cheer, and you won’t want to put this book down. A compelling read from a writer of immense talent. More, please!
--Susan Holmes, author of the Waterside Kennel Mysteries

"The mystery and fantasy slowly draw together, bonded by supreme characterization, to make for a story which is almost impossible to put down."
--Reviewers Bookwatch

"If you are looking for a book that has paranormal elements and some romance, is expertly written with wonderful characters and has a smooth pace that leads up to a climatic finish, A FERAL DARKNESS is the book for you and it is not to be missed."
--The Romance Reader's Connection

"This is a very smart, well-woven book, with an initially cranky but ultimately endearing hero and a thoroughly satisfying ending."
--Mary Jo Putney, bestselling author of the The Rake