My Reviews in this series: Blood and Feathers
Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers & Blood and Feathers: Rebellion (out this month!) joins us today to tell us about her lead angel Mallory. He’s an angel, that sure as hell ain’t no angel. You can read my review of Blood and Feathers here.
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No Angel: who is Mallory?
Few angels in the world of “Blood and Feathers” have it easy. Mallory, however, has it harder than most.
Loved by the exiled, Earthbound angels who regard him as a leader, he’s feared by the Fallen and mistrusted by his Archangel and Descended angel superiors alike. It’s hard to tell whether trouble follows him around or whether he just has a knack for turning up right in the middle of it…
Mallory knows a lot about fighting. He’s an angel. It’s what he does; what he is. He’s fought the Fallen on every field imaginable, and he’s still doing it. The problem is that it’s an uphill struggle and a fight the angels can’t ever really win. Mallory isn’t fighting for victory – he’s fighting not to lose.
A fight like that does something to you, if it goes on long enough – and Mallory’s fight has been going on forever.
He’s made mistakes – although he’s not fond of admitting it. Along the way, there have been losses: people, things. Things he cared about – his wings were one, his heart was another. His home, above all. So, disgraced and Earthbound, he does what he can and he keeps on fighting and he drinks to forget what he can’t let go of.
Mallory’s secret, you see, is that he cares. Not only is he a soldier, he’s a healer – but a healer who must take on whatever it is he’s healing. A cut to a hand? To fix it, he must feel it first. A broken nose? His has been broken a hundred times – maybe more. Mallory is made of breaks held together by booze – and the belief that some day he’ll be able to go home.
That’s what keeps him going: faith. Not so much faith in the grand, angelic sense, but faith in the world, in people, in doing the right thing. It’s what keeps him going, and helps him navigate both the world of the angels and the world of humans – both of which are so many shades of moral grey. Sometimes he does the wrong thing because ultimately, it’s the right thing… even if being the one to do it breaks him all over again.
He’s Mallory. He’s a fighter. He’ll heal.
“This is a war. THE war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You’re in this – just like the rest of us – to the end.”
Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets. And they’re winning.
As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice – barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over – once again finds herself in the eye of the storm. But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high? And what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it?
The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell breaks loose…
Lou Morgan lives in the south west of England with her family. She studied medieval literature at university and loves cathedrals and pizza (but probably not together). Her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris Books, PS Publishing and Jurassic. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers has been shortlisted for the 2013 British Fantasy Awards in both the best newcomer and best fantasy novel categories. She spends far too much time on Twitter, where you will find her at @LouMorgan. WEBSITE