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'Wretched is the Husk' is the second book in a series of novels by Alex CF known as the Books of Orata.


Immune to a virus that decimated humanity, twelve-year-old Ivy is alone, living out an existence in the ruins of a fallen city. But her presence has not gone unnoticed. Vorsa Corpse Speaker, a stern but compassionate fox, can sense this child’s importance in a coming war.

For an enemy whose malice is forged in the same fires that stoked the end of humankind has risen, and his desire might swallow the world for good.

Ivy begins a journey, to understand and protect that which has grown in place of her people, one of burgeoning animal nations, of living cities, and ancient feathered gods.


Wretched is the Husk is the long awaited sequel to Seek The Throat From Which We Sing. From the earthen dens of the Throa and Vulpus, to the kingdoms of the once caged, a vital, timely tale of animal mythology, and the final cry of fallen kings.


This is the original hardback version of the novel. A 334 page, hardback, cloth bound book, with a dust jacket.

A dark animal mythology / environmental fantasy book in the tradition of Rats of NIMH, Duncton Wood, and Watership Down.


Written by Alex CF, the author and illustrator of 'Punks In The Willows', an illustrated love letter and colourful guide to the punk rock community, told through the lives of animals. Also available through E I Books. 'Punks in the Willows' is a collection of illustrations depicting the creativity, music, social justice and above all, friendship that is found in punk.


Alex CF's frenetic lines and beautiful depictions can be seen on band artwork, record labels and book covers alongside his own personal projects. He regularly takes on commissions, so feel free to contact him if you wish to discuss a project.


Alex is also the vocalist in a number of bands, where he creates self-contained narratives and artwork inspired by his favourite authors, and ideologies shared within the band.

He is currently part of MORROW , ANOPHELI, WREATHE and previously ARCHIVIST, WORST WITCH and FALL OF EFRAFA.

Wretched Is The Husk: Book Two of The Orata by Alex CF

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