The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman) by Jane Dougherty

07 Oct

Dark CitadelHow was the Earth created and how will it be destroyed are questions that not only plaque scientists but also those of a religious belief.  Many in the world argue that the world was created by a higher being and this belief is that of those who believe in creationism.   This story tells of how God created the world in seven days driving out the darkness and bring light to the world.

The book The Dark Citadel takes a version of this story and completely turns things around. Instead of a creation born of light, darkness has taken over.  This darkness shows how the reckless abandon of war can change the world and how a rebirth of the planet will cause the light to be pushed aside in favor of this abandonment.

The book opens with a bleak look at the Earth and how the world appears to be barren of life except for the city of Providence. The world becomes the playground of the thing called Abbadon who rebuilds it in his version brings all the foul things up from hell.  The demons and creatures are set upon the world and allowed to multiply to bring the darkness to the land, water and the air.

There is one lone outpost to this disaster and that is the domed city of Providence, but nothing can escape Abbadon’s touch. Even in this city the leaders are corrupted into creating a merciless city controlled through ignorance and brutality.  It’s a city in which its leadership struck a deal to with Abbadon to stay safe and controlling.

There is still hope in this dark world and it lays in a special family. In truth it lays in the memories of a family.  These memories have a possibility to correct what has happened to the world, but it will not be easy.

The book will take the reader into the life of the “Serpentspawn”, Deborah, who must live within the walls of Providence. A world that sees women as second class citizens who’s true plight is to raise the children who will go on to work within the city.  Each family is only allowed to have one boy and one girl and if an imbalance happens it is arranged to keep balance in the city by taking a child and giving it to another family.

There is a reason Deborah has that unique moniker of “Serpentspawn” and it has to do with her mother and the importance of memories.

The Dark Citadel is the first book in, The Green Woman trilogy of books. The author Jane Dougherty introduces the reader into a well described world of destruction and hopelessness. The book can be related to creationism but should not be seen as a book that pushes religion. The book instead pushes that beyond all loss of hope there is still hope.

The book is a great opening for the trilogy and will help set the reader up in the world that Dougherty paints so well with her words. Deborah may seem alone at the beginning but as the reader finds out others will come into her life. They will assist her with her journey and others will find themselves on a duplicate path. The story is more than just a setup for the upcoming books as you will find yourself engrossed with the characters and wants to find out what happens to them. The book is published by Musa Publishing and for those overseas you can find the book Amazon UK.

For those who prefer to shop on Smashwords find the book here.


Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Reviews


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6 responses to “The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman) by Jane Dougherty

  1. Jane Dougherty

    October 8, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    A thoughtful review of The Dark Citadel on Shawn Micallef’s blog. Thank you Shawn!

  2. Tricia Drammeh

    October 8, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Excellent, thought-provoking review. I read this book prior to publication and was enthralled. It has all the makings of a classic series.

  3. countingducks

    October 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I know Jane Dougherty’s Blog, and I just want to wish her every success with this. She has put her heart and soul into it, and who can ask for more

  4. Rhea

    October 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I’m about seven chapters in. Beautifully written, dark in tone. Hard to put down!


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