Dark and Deep

So what kind of book is Dark and Deep? Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Anna Woods has left the modern world behind to forge a homestead in the wilderness with twenty-three strangers. They have animals, tools, and enough food and dry goods to last a year, maybe two before they must produce everything they need for themselves, find neighbors to help them, or learn to do without.

While the material hardship of their new lives is real, the social and emotional ramifications of their situation are the hardest to bear. Anna soon falls in love with Alexander Smith, the settlement’s metalworker, and together they find solace from the disconnection of the old world and the loneliness of the new. Alex’s twin Arthur, however, has come to the settlement with his own ideas of how he will function without laws, police, or a known past to stop him. When he nearly kills Alex he tears the three of them, and the settlement as a whole, away from the comfortable illusion of civilized order and into the deepest and darkest dangers–those that come from within.

The book also deals with things like trephination, human branding, headhunting, human sacrifice, Celts, kilts, woad, Suebian knots, the iron age, roundhouses, clans, feudal lords, chiefdoms, trade, homesteading, survival, cabins, longhouses, stockades, earthworks, Scottish Gaelic, cultural reconstructionism, dialectic, bagpipes, evil twins, blacksmithing, bloomeries, forges, pottery, geology, ecology, biological psychology, brain damage, lowered inhibitions, fistfights, and a smattering of explicit sex.

You might like it.


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