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Down by the river, the first to go missing were not much lamented. Disappearances of homeless men foraging through trash or nuisance skater kids who rolled their boards along the planked piers at night were not noteworthy enough to delay the city's development projects.But deep beneath the riverbank, the evidence of a terrible crime has been covered up twice. When a TVA daDown by the river, the first to go missing were not much lamented. Disappearances of homeless men foraging through trash or nuisance skater kids who rolled their boards along the planked piers at night were not noteworthy enough to delay the city's development projects.But deep beneath the riverbank, the evidence of a terrible crime has been covered up twice. When a TVA dam falters and the river swells, panic rises downtown. As the Tennessee creeps over its banks, it dredges up death from its own polluted bed. Twenty-nine victims of a long-ago slaughter walk when the water rises, patrolling the banks and dragging the living down to a muddy grave. No one remembers how they died and no one knows what they want.Some secrets are never washed away. Instead they are patient, biding their time. They wait for the water to lift them so they can prowl for the justice that was denied them ninety years ago. But in ninety years a city's shape changes, and where justice can no longer be found, vengeance may have to suffice.The city of Chattanooga is about to learn a terrible truth about the things a river can and cannot hide ... and reluctant medium Eden Moore may be the only one who can keep this lesson from turning into a massacre.Not Flesh Nor Feathers is a stand-alone sequel to Four and Twenty Blackbirds and Wings to the Kingdom....

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Not Flesh Nor Feathers Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-01-31 16:48

    This third installment moves away from the I-hear-dead-people theme into a grislier but less convincing aquatic zombies direction (you don't know what direction aquatic zombies are? Just head toward the water). Eden's ghost-whispering abilities don't come into the story too much, and there isn't the nod to traditional superstition to make suspension of disbelief easier for the reader. I can accept the possibility of ghosts and magic that I am unable to see; however, if everyone who was wrongfully killed and their bodies never recovered came back with a VENGEFUL ZOMBIE HORDE BENT ON DESTRUCTION I'm pretty sure people would be aware of this danger by now. Heck, we would have had to stop murdering each other out of self interest in order to avoid the aforementioned zombie vengeance. Why does this particular case merit special zombie privileges? Also, the contrivance of the main character being there for the action hinged on her being ridiculously stupid, which kind of ruined the second half of the book for me.

  • YouKneeK
    2019-02-10 16:52

    In this book, people are starting to disappear if they get too close to the Tennessee River, and the river is starting to flood so it’s reaching closer and closer to where all the people are. Unlike the first two books in the trilogy, which were primarily ghost stories, this book turns into a full-fledged zombie story with zombies sloshing through flooded downtown Chattanooga. I think this is the first zombie book I’ve ever read, so I couldn’t begin to say whether it’s derivative or original, but I enjoyed it.Actually, as far as the meat of this story went, I thought it was the best of the three stories in the series. It kept me guessing and anxious to keep reading and see what would happen next. It had some very mild creepiness at about the same level as the first book, but nothing major. Eden’s life is about as unstructured and aimless as ever, especially considering she seems to be at least 25, has no job, and is still living with her adoptive parents, but she does seem to have a few nebulous plans for the future this time around and even has plans to move out on her own.My main complaint about this book was the ending. The main story was wrapped up and explained reasonably well, but the ending seemed abrupt. There’s no discussion of how the general population is handling recent events, no follow up with the other supporting characters in the story to see how they’re doing, and no real sense of closure for Eden. There’s a plot thread regarding Eden that has run through all three of the books, and is brought up many times and seems to be a major source of consternation for Eden, but it too is left without any closure at the end. Since I felt like the previous two books were wrapped up pretty well and with more detail, I had higher hopes that the final book in the series would be wrapped up more nicely. There’s a Q&A on the author’s Goodreads page indicating that she “didn’t have any more adventures planned – and the last two books sold very poorly”, so there probably won’t be any more books in this series.But, as with the other two books, I enjoyed reading this and I had trouble putting it down. I don’t have any more books by Cherie Priest on my To-Be-Read list, but I would definitely be willing to give some of her other stuff a try sometime in the distant future.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-21 14:52

    Eden Moore can see and speak with the dead, which is a good thing, because Chattanooga is not only being flooded, but is also under attack by zombies. But the zombies have nothing to tell her, so she must seek information from ghosts, both a well known, fancy-historic-hotel residing ghost and the new ghosts of skater kids and homeless people who the zombies have killed. At the same time, Eden is seeking information about the curse her many greats-grandfather put on her and is about to have a visit by the half-brother who tried to kill her not long ago. Confused yet? Don’t be- it actually all makes perfect sense. I didn’t discover until I finished this book that it’s the third in a trilogy, but not only does it stand alone nicely, it doesn’t have any of those long “and this is what happened before” passages that can slow down other series books. I’m happy that there are two other books with this character I can look for; I’m unhappy that it’s a trilogy and not an open ended series. Cherie Priest has given Southern gothic a modern twist, putting it in a big city and giving it a heroine who is anything but languid. Tightly plotted with pretty much non-stop action, I stayed up until the wee hours to finish this book. I was actually grateful to be ill, so that I could read the book without interruption! One of the best horror novels I’ve read in quite some time.

  • Chris
    2019-02-17 16:30

    Disclaimer: I really like Priest. I think Dreadful Skinis a really great werewolf novel. I fully intend on reading more Priest. I, however, am a reader of and not a fan of. If you don't know the difference, think about it.I'll admit,part of my reaction to this book is the zombies. I really, really don't like zombies. I'm sorry, the walking dead doesn't do it for me. There's zombies in this book.Cherie Priest is a good writer. Everyone who likes fantasy, steampunk, vampires, or werewolves should read her. This isn't her best work though, at least of the ones I've read.Outside of the zombie issue, there is a point where Eden acts really stupid and really cliched at the same time. It's like every disater cliche you can think of it, the cute dog that needs rescuing and so on. It just doesn't quite fit the Eden from the other novels, and while it might have been amusing if played correctly, it wasn't played that way.That said, I really liked how the story ended, especially with Eden going off to do what she is going to do. I like that.

  • Shannon Ross-albers
    2019-02-10 09:57

    This book started off with a promising hook, but it didn't hold my interest beyond the first quarter. I kept at it though. There were so many meandering conversations that didn't help the plot at all. In one conversation, the characters complained that when ghosts spoke, their messages were unclear and not to the point. The living characters were not much better. About three-quarters of the way, I just started skimming to the end.

  • Nadine Jones
    2019-02-09 10:40

    Another great book from Ms Priest; her stories defy categorization, the best I can do is call them paranormal mysteries. This one kept me up until 1am reading, and it freaked me out sufficiently that I kept thinking I saw "things" in the living room when I walked out for a drink. Some sort of zombie ghosts rise from the Tennessee River when it floods during a rainstorm; much much better than that sounds. Thankfully, it was not raining outside while I was reading.

  • Marilyn
    2019-02-07 12:37

    This has been a wonderful series, with characters that feel like old friends. This was my favorite, and I will miss my old friends now that I have finished the series.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-02-05 08:42

    Oh my. Zombies?!! Stick with the ghosts. I'm not interested in adding zombies to this trilogy mix. Should have stayed true to the ghost story line.

  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    2019-02-12 16:55

    Narrated by Eden Moore, Priest puts a paranormal twist on a natural disaster.Set in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when the river floods, it brings with ita supernatural terror.After the conclusion of the story, Priest explains about the terrible coincidenceof Hurricane Katrina, and the differences between her fictional story andthe actual tragedy.

  • Rachelle
    2019-01-18 11:54

    A great novel, but as a finish to a trilogy, it leave you hanging.

  • jillian
    2019-02-03 16:29

    I re-read the entire Eden Moore trilogy recently. And I remembered how much I like these books. They remind me of my own late 1990s existence: hanging out in coffeehouses, the vaguely bohemian existence of early twentysomethings in Victoria. Cherie Priest says she's been accused of writing in a Chattanooga that only exists in her memory, around 1996 or so. That explains the association I have with my own life as it was in 1997. I can only imagine though, how much better this book would be if I had an understanding of Chattanooga. It's so specifically written and enmeshed with the details of the setting that it's like someone not from Vancouver trying to read or watch anything written by Douglas Coupland.In this particular book, Priest brings us her own brand of zombies. They're not Max Brooks' zombies, but corpses animated by hatred and unquiet spirits. And she brings them to a flooded Chattanooga, underwater due to TVA incompetence. She began the book before Katrina, and tried to keep it from influencing her perspective, and I think she did a good job. Chattanooga is a different town, with a different layout, and a flood that comes on with enough warning to keep away the horrors and desperation that plagued CNN that weekend in 2005. But through this flood comes Eden Moore: half black, half white, all psychic. Eden is the only one who can speak to ghosts, and who can put together the historical pieces with the ghosts' tales to determine why these damn zombies are rampaging through downtown Chattanooga. And she is the only one who gets the information from the ghosts of the zombies' victims that will tell her where to head off the mindless killers. As she tries to survive the flood, she also has to survive the supernatural forces that are draining her when she speaks to them. Chattanooga's hateful race relations are coming back to haunt it, only in a lot more solid form than expected.I like the Cherie Priest books a lot - she's a girl after my own heart, who now lives in Seattle and goes to the Mercury. Her protagonist has some sass to her, and she avoids the trapped feeling I usually get when I read Southern Gothic novels. And I may be a goth, but I can't stand that trapped, haunted-house feeling. Cherie Priest's books are more a historical tour of Chattanooga and its surrounding area, and I like that a lot better.

  • Angela
    2019-01-30 13:43

    Cherie Priest's novels about Eden Moore, who sees ghosts and other sorts of dead in Chattanooga, are consistently excellent. Not Flesh Nor Feathers, the third book of the series, is happily no exception to this rule. She continues to bring the Creepy to Chattanooga, drawing on the rich and oftentimes genuinely creepy in real life history of the South to lay down her tales. And this time around, she does it with bonus zombies.As of Book 3 Eden is still struggling to get a handle on what the events of Book 1 have meant for her--not only in terms of the changes that pivotal story wrought for her powers, but also for her strange relationship with her half-brother. Fallout from those events lends a nice continuity to what's gone before, while at the same time, the overall main plot has an impact and scope that we haven't seen before in this series. The rising of the river in Chattanooga brings a disaster of national scale to the city, resulting in martial law, footage on CNN, looting, the works... but at the heart of it all is what's rising out of the river, old, burned, and very, very angry.We've all seen zombies before, sure. But there's something unique about them in this book, with the added evocative description of how they've been burned almost beyond human recognition, and are wielding chains like Indiana Jones wields bullwhips. You won't get mindless moaning for brains here (despite the wry joke Eden makes to the reader about the proper noun for a group of zombies; personally, I vote for 'shamble'). Instead you'll get some some shiver-worthy undead propelled by tangible, burning wrath.For the first time, too, there's a hint of romance as Eden is attracted to one of the characters who showed up in Book 2 and who comes off very well in his second appearance here. As with everything else in this series so far, I found this nicely understated, and a good progression from what has gone before. Five stars.

  • Audrey
    2019-01-19 15:52

    Dang near stayed up all night reading this, getting through the first two-thirds of it. I made sure to read it when a good big thunderstorm was forecast, so that as I read the flooding sections the rain beat down outside. And the flooding sections are just so vivid: the futility, the terror, the resignation, the loss of control. Beautiful and deadly and all the rest of that bug stuff.Now let's talk about the last third of the book. Chattanooga holds up. The history holds up, and my, isn't this a perfect ghost story for our times? The things that got the zombies killed back then would likely get them killed now. Eden's a wonderfully authentic character, someone leaving her twenties behind and realizing that sometimes in order to do so you have to leave a place you love, but that has become toxic and unhealthy to you. I might be reading too much into that based on personal experience, but somehow I don't think so. She goes from being a cocky slam-poet queen and brat niece, to reluctant heroine, to realizing the cost of saving the day, to looking for a way out. And it's such a good character arc. In a lot of ways, this is one of the most competent series endings I've read: we know that Eden moves on and continues to have adventures and understand her own strange and unique place in the world, but Priest brings us to a point of closure with one of them; and while indicating that the door is open for Eden and her motley crew, it's formally closed to the reader. The closure feels satisfying, and right. I was a little disappointed both in (view spoiler)[deus ex Malachi, especially when I thought Nick's death would've been much more narratively satisfying -- and also wth happened to Crist? And the other ghosts? And Lu and Dave? (hide spoiler)]. The ending is a little brisk. But the ride was definitely worth it.

  • Jennie
    2019-01-25 12:56

    When I picked this up, I didn't realize it was part of a trilogy; luckily it does a great job standing on its own. However, one thing that felt a little odd throughout was that I don't think there was ever a good, basic physical description of the characters, so they kept changing their looks in my mind as I read.From the beginning, I was interested in the story. What was coming up from the river? And what connection did it have to the White Lady? Unfortunately, after the first few chapters, the book really bogged down, including some strange details like a little side-trip by the narrator to go see a great-aunt who, I'm guessing, appeared in previous volumes. It had next to nothing to do with the story and there was no resolution reached, so why bother?Sloppy middle syndrome was all over the place, as the book couldn't decide if it was about the flood or about the mystery and paranormal activity connected thereto. Alas. And then, as often happens, the end arrived in a sudden rush -- a sudden, disappointing rush. As it turns out, the paranormal mystery was based on a simple misunderstanding and resolved just like that. Poof! All better! After much buildup, Eden kissed Nick and then we more or less dropped him from the resolution. Sure, he was around, but that story wasn't really tied up at all, and I imagine if I'd read all the books it might be even more annoying.Still, there was enough to hold my interest through the entire book, and I'll most likely check out others from this author.

  • Aki
    2019-02-16 16:45

    ...Let's talk.So,was awesome, but a bit slow. But it lays important groundwork. , was good. Really good. was fabulous.I'm not and never have been zombie fan. There's something positively revolting about seeing something that had been human snack on live humans. That's probably just me, but I'm not a zombie fan. But see, they come from the river, where they were thrown. And the water is rising. Most likely a combo of massive rain and the river skipping it's bed, but they're in the river and that's where they came from. And the only one that has any answers, is as dead, but not tangible, like the things in the river.Their bodies were dug up and tossed when construction began. And it goes downhill from there.

  • Zephfire
    2019-02-13 12:32

    I was really surprised by this book, pleasantly so! Zombies really aren't my thing, but this book was! I didn't realise that it was #3 in a series, I will get the others to read as I enjoyed this one so much!Eden as a lead is a really enjoyable character, strong but vulnerable, determined and with an ability to see ghosts (not that she always appreciates that fact!) I loved the descriptions of the setting, I've never visited that part of the USA but the descriptions alone gave me plenty of mental imagery to work with! The pacing is really good it was a non-stop page turner for me. I particularly enjoyed the atmospherics, the spooky sense of their time running out as the waters in the river started to rise..this book would perfect to read around a bonfire in heavy woods (and while it's raining, of course!) to spook out older teens! If like me, you're not normally a zombie fan, then give this book a whirl, the zombies are undoubtedly present, but they're not the sole focus of the story, and where they do occur it's not just a flesh-fest killing spree, these zombies may be dead and slow on their feet but presented in this very elegant story they contribute rather than detract.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-15 15:43

    This is the third, and as-of-this-writing, last book in Cherie Priest's Eden Moore series. I really like these, and hope that Priest comes back to revisit Eden one of these days!Eden's a regular young Southern woman who just happens to be able to see ghosts - and has a bit of a voodoo legacy from her evil great-grandfather. As this story opens, Eden's trying to get her life together a bit and act like an adult - she's just agreed to buy a condo at the new development they're building down by the river.But then people start warning her: strange thing are going on down by the water's edge. Homeless people and punk kids have been disappearing. The cops don't care about a bunch of transients who probably just picked up and left town... but something sinister seems to be going on.And gradually, absolutely no one can ignore what's going on, as things escalate into a FEMA-level disaster, with insane flooding, evacuations, and ZOMBIES! Eden has to figure out what historical event caused this plague of the undead, and to try to lay their souls (and paranormally animated bodies) to rest.

  • T.S.
    2019-02-17 08:53

    I fell in love with Cherie Priest this time last year, when I read "Wings to the Kingdom." That was the second novel in her Eden Moore trilogy, Eden being the name of her main character/detective/clairvoyant. This is the final installment; it, like the others, is perfect reading for the Halloween season.As an aside, I'll tell you that Priest embraces the Southern and Appalachian folklore concerning ghost stories and "hoints." She does it justice with her storytelling, and what Anne Rice did for New Orleans, Priest does for Chattanooga. As for the novel itself, it deals with zombies and ghosts, a new twist for the protagonist and Priest's writing. She handles the subject well, however, and ties it wonderfully into the story.It's hard for me to say if I enjoyed this more than the second novel, but it was surely just as full with suspense. I suppose the abrupt ending was a bit disappointing, but not in a complete let down sort of way. It could perhaps just be that I would like to know another Eden story was in the works. It rounds out the series very well, to say the least.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-01-22 16:42

    ***3.5***Eden is moving into the city. Finally. Or so she thinks. People are disappearing near the river, right where those new apartments are. The water in this book has a life of its own, its own personality. Cherie Priest can really make water creepier than it usually is.This is a story of hate, stupidity, unforgivable past deeds and unlikely heroes. I wanted to cry in the end. As much as the past was horrible, the things some of the characters do in the present are beautiful and heroic. Hell, I did cry. Not Flesh Nor Feathersactually has two main characters unlike the first two. Eden is, of course, in the middle of everything, but this time she is not alone. She couldn't do half of the things as good as she did if it weren't for Nick. What I didn't like: the bitter-sweet ending (heavy of the bitter side) and a lot of unresolved Eden's issues. Don't get me wrong, this is a great story. My favourite of the three. I would prefer if it were more resolved in the end.

  • Calamity
    2019-02-10 09:47

    2.5 starsThis one was the weaker of the lot. Aquatic zombies? I'm actually ok with that. What I'm not ok with is with the amount of stupid that was crammed into this book. Eden goes from a bright, independent if sometimes impetuous young girl to this person that does things randomly with no good reason besides that "I can't remeber anything better to do about this specific thing". When clues are waved in front of her face she kinds of ignores it until there is no other choice...and then most of the time it's already too late. Malachi dies due to her stupidity and later on he serves as a plot device. Not cool.It's poorly edited and overall it felt like the writer ran out of good ideas and had to write every little thing down.I'm harsh because I like Cherie Priest and this one was kind of disappointing...

  • Jenn
    2019-02-11 08:49

    (Bk 3/Eden Moore series) Modern southern gothic. Set in Chattanooga, we meet up with Eden Moore again. She still sees & hears ghosts, which is a good thing because there are things in the river, things that are killing people and as it rains endlessly, the river starts to flood and Eden finds out the zombies in the water are empty - except for the angriest little gril (cue creepy music). So Eden has to turn to a ghost to find out why the things are coming and what they want...Or try to. Interesting B characters or sub-A, if you will, help lend the story depth and once again, Priest's atmopshere building talents are great.[return][return]Anyway, I find it hard to think this will be the last Eden Moore, as there are new story possibilites and open ties everywhere - which I don't want to list as it will be a spoiler for this story but I really hope there are more to come someday.

  • Felix
    2019-01-28 13:30

    This is the third of a trilogy featuring Eden Moore, a psychic young woman whose adventures take place in Chattanooga, TN, which happens to be my home town. I like ghost stories, so I have now read all of the Eden Moore books, since the author has indicated she has no plans for more. The books are briskly plotted, I like the lead character, and there is an abundance of local color, which interests me as a native.Cherie Priest, the author, is an engaging writer, if somewhat breezy and prone to tell you things rather than show them. I liked the two previous books, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, and Wings for the Kingdom, better than this final one. It was a good read, but not outstanding.

  • Christopher Hoover
    2019-01-26 14:57

    Funny how individual tastes vary. Other fans of the Eden Moore books have said here they found this to be less strong than its two predecessors, but for me it's the strongest of the trilogy. The entire series has a genuine emotional depth, and Priest's fictional city-wide catastrophe gives her an even broader canvas on which to paint that emotional portrait.In particular, there is a death near the end (and I won't say who so as not to spoil) that I would never have believed would affect me as much as it did, never would have expected to be so sad at that character's passing. Priest doesn't come by that epiphany with cheap plot tricks, but instead with genuine character development. Easily the best of the series for me, from one of my favorite authors.

  • Layla
    2019-02-09 11:37

    I think I'm a romantic at heart and so while I found "Wings not for the Kingdom" compelling, I found this "Walking Dead: Chattanooga" too contrived. The idea that a local "ghost whisperer" would help the restless spirits of a mass war grave is one thing. That same character illogically hurling herself into a natural disaster to talk to a disreputable skateboarder who may or may not be lying about missing friends, who may or may not know something about KKK murals in old buildings is another.Disbelief can only be suspended so far with an existing character. I did finish the book but it isn't as good as the previous Eden Moore novels.

  • Amanda Steinhoff
    2019-02-03 09:44

    I had read other books by this author but none from the Eden Moore series. I failed to realize until I was halfway in that this was actually the third book in the trilogy - oh well. I still really enjoyed it. I liked how Eden was sort of the every girl average jane type of psychic. She was just the right amounts of sassy and tortured. There were a few moments when she'd get a little damsel in distress-y, but not to the point where I wanted to stop reading. The mystery of the monsters was nothing ground breaking, but overall it was a fun, easy read with some good horror and a bit of history thrown in for flavor.

  • Brooke
    2019-02-13 15:54

    The final book in the Eden Moore trilogy finds our main character faced with dead people she can't talk with - zombies. Cherie Priest does an excellent job building dread and horror, not just with the supernatural elements but also with the flooding of Eden's city and the havoc it wrecks. I almost felt damp and clammy by the time Eden finally got to dry land.I'm now eager for Priest to write more, because there's something about her voice and style that I really like. All three of the Eden Moore books had fantastic pacing that pushed the story forward quickly. Overall, the author just seems to know how to construct a really good story.

  • Tiger Gray
    2019-02-15 08:55

    Priest has a great Southern Gothic atmosphere that I really enjoy. This book begins with all the trappings of that atmosphere, and is actually quite spooky. Unfortunately I find Eden difficult to connect with as a main character. Personally, I thought the romantic tension between her and her friend Nick was out of left field. I also found myself wanting more details of the mystery, and less of Eden running away from it. I felt the build up was too long and the resolution lacked punch. However, I still reccomend her books because the detail level is high, the atmosphere is generally engrossing, and there is a love for her craft evident in her words.

  • Hope
    2019-02-03 09:57

    Why I picked it up: I loved the first two books in the series, and had to finish it off. (Too bad there probably won't be any more of the Eden Moore series - apparently they didn't sell well enough to get the publisher to ask for more).Why I finished it: flaming zombies, a supernaturally induced flood, Eden Moore's quest to figure out what is going on.Who I would give it to: Anyone who likes a snarky, kick-butt heroine. The audience of Ghost Hunters. People who like a good story with interesting characters.

  • Nupur
    2019-01-29 08:35

    I haven't read the first book, and at least for me, the previous ones did not have to be read in order to understand the plot. The last of the trilogy, with an opening into a possible spin-off.For those who've read the previous books, it starts out as more of the usual, but then takes a very strong and different turn. The story is much more fast paced and characters which have been built up earlier and were on the margins of the earlier book come into play and hold their own in this one. If you thought the first two were engrossing, wait till you pick this one up!

  • Eleanor With Cats
    2019-01-21 16:56

    The last Eden Moore book, sadly, at least unless Cherie Priest writes more. I have loved all her stuff through Dreadnought, but Ganymede and Bloodshot left me somewhat cold. I suppose I'll give The Inexplicables a try when it comes out though, because Priest's early books make me love them blissfully. I think I like the Eden Moore books best because they're about ghosts and old secrets. Good stuff. Beautiful writing, tense and thrilling plot, eerie atmosphere. Not the pointless scary stuff in horror novels that I hate.