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- DescriptionCorvus Rising is a modern American fantasy tale told in part from the point of view of crows, about an extraordinary yet nearly extinct group of humans who speak their language. Together, humans, crows, ravens, and a multitude of other birds, unite and take a stand against the destruction of an enchanted island. The story opens as Jade Matthews, a gifted painter with a vivid imagination, awakens from a nightmare in which a band of crows has broken into her bedroom through a large window. She fears that the crows are looking for her most treasured possession: a strange medallion given to her by the mother she never knew. The medallion seems ancient, carved from stone or a very hard wood, depicting a human hand and a bird wing clasped in friendship. Jade's husband Russ is a biology professor at the local university, as is the Jesuit priest and ted ornithologist, Alfredo Manzi. The priest serendipitously discovers the enchanted Wilder Island, home to an unusual population of blue-eyed crows and ravens. He meets Charlie, patriarch of the great Hozey clan-one of the many old families of crows on the island, kwn to the crows as Cadena-l'jadia-land of misty marshes and green forests. Charlie informs Manzi that he is t a freak, that there are others like him, others who speak Patua'-the language of the crows. Charlie tells Manzi about his old friend Charlotte, trapped in an insane asylum for years because she cant speak human languages, though she is fluent in Patua'. But there is more to the island than blue-eyed crows. Manzi discovers a rustic chapel built by the man for whom the island was named; an old hermit, coincidentally a Jesuit brother of the 1800's named Maxmillian Wilder. The chapel completely charms Manzi, built from living trees and vines, with a roof that resembles an upside-down bird's nest. He finds the old hermit's bones in the chapel, and a strange medallion carved from a very hard wood or stone, with the image of an intertwined wing and a human hand. Coincidentally, with Manzi's discovery of Wilder Island, his superior, the Father Provincial of the North American Society of Jesus in Washington DC, learns that the Order owns the tiny uninhabited Wilder Island, located in the middle of one of America's biggest rivers. And that a wealthy developer in the city on either side of the river would like to purchase it for development. With the Father Superior's blessing, Manzi makes the island his home, just in time to stave off the advances of the developer who plans to build a gambling resort. Turned down by the Jesuits to purchase the property, he turns to a condemnation lawsuit under US eminent domain laws, recently expanded to allow for public use to include commercial development. The threat to the island is dire. With the financial backing of the Father Superior, a tree-hugging attorney named Kate designs a land trust-the Friends of Wilder Island, to defend it and deflect the developer's condemnation suit. Manzi invites his colleague Russ Matthews and his artist wife Jade, and his helper Sam Howard to join the land trust and name it Friends of Wilder Island. Although he risks exposing his strange ability to speak with crows to other humans-a secret he has kept hidden his entire life- the Friends of Wilder Island Land Trust puts Manzi right in front of the entire population of the city, as he tries to unite them against the destruction of a unique wilderness. While the humans argue over the merits of wilderness preservation and ecomic development, Charlie the blue-eyed crow and the Great Corvid Council take matters into their own wings. Fanning out in all directions, the crows and ravens gather a multitude of birds of all feathers to take a stand and defend Cadena-l'jadia, ancestral homeland to the great Hozey clan, and the beloved Bruthamax, the old Jesuit hermit who came to the island centuries ago.
- Author BiographyCorvus Rising is Mary C Simmons's first fictional work-a novel in the Ecofantasy genre-where crows and humans talk to one another and pursue like-minded goals concerning the habitat Earth that we all share. Such is her interest in writing and creating art; to give voice to the non-human, whose wiser lives point the way to understanding ourselves and our place on this glorious planet Earth. Mary currently resides in the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Land of peaches and apples, grapes and hops, horses, cows, and a few people, Mary's interests include art in various media, e.g. clay, metal, fabric, drawing and painting. And she loves to bake bread.
- Author(s)Mary C Simmons
- PublisherMary C Simmons
- Date of Publication30/01/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectScience Fiction & Fantasy
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMary C Simmons
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight508 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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