The Scourge : Brilliant Darkness

  • by A. G. Henley
  • Narrated by Emily Zeller
  • Series: Brilliant Darkness
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she's always known this day would come--the day she faces the Scourge alone. The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything--and anyone--living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's. Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn't hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him. As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people's survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she's forced to decide who and what to protect--her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest. A tale of star-crossed lovers, strange creatures, and secretive, feuding factions, The Scourge introduces readers to a rich and exciting new world where nothing is as it seems.

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Absolutely amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Scourge to be better than the print version?

Never read the written version.... but the narator made it amazing, especially Perris corrector.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Perri - I loved his thoughtfulness, kindness, humor and I guess I just liked him!

Fenn - I really relate to fenn, with here 'sightlessness' I understand some of the struggles she goes through on a much deeper level.


What about Emily Zeller’s performance did you like?

Her tones of voice, she really bought the characters to life


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I cried a lot!
there was one point in the middle of the night when I was reading that I burst into tear because I thought Perri was going to die.

the Fleshies are pretty scary too..... espeshally in a dark room, alone.... i did have to turn around quite a few times and slow my breathing quite a few times too....


Any additional comments?

I loved this book deffo read it! :-)

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- Claire Wood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios