- Paperback: 564 pages
- Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd T/A Leaves of Gold Press (April 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1925110559
- ISBN-13: 978-1925110555
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 934 g
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The Battle of Evernight - Special Edition: The Bitterbynde Book #3 Paperback – 10 April 2014
Through the lyrical use of Celtic MYTHS AND LEGENDS, Dart-Thornton weaves the reader a world full of magic and wonder, creating a magnificent, visual landscape and culture that provides SHEER ENCHANTMENT for the reader.
- MYSTERIOUS GALAXY
What most SETS THIS WORK APART from many of its contemporaries is the detailed and imaginative work of world building.
- REVOLUTION SCIENCE FICTION
From book one through book three of The Bitterbynde Trilogy I found myself ENTHRALLED IN A UNIQUE TALE, intricately woven, and populated by an extraordinary number of supernatural creatures drawn from British and Celtic folklore.
- CHRISTOPHER GILBERT
Cecilia Dart-Thornton takes her readers to THE DEEPER STRATA OF FANTASY..
- THE AUSTRALIAN
Dart-Thornton has a lyric style, a gorgeous perception of nature, and a fascinatingly inventive world that interweaves traditional tales and balladry with some STUPENDOUSLY ORIGINAL CREATIVITY - a richly colorful storyteller - outstanding work!
- JANNY WURTZ
This is so COMPLEX I found I couldn't read generic fantasy for a week.
About the Author
Cecilia Dart-Thornton is the author of numerous bestselling fantasy novels, notably the Bitterbynde Trilogy. The Washington Post reported that the first summer after Neilsen Booktrack launched in Australia, it showed Dart-Thornton's newly launched fantasy tome The Ill-Made Mute hitting the Herald's best-seller list, ranked next to mainstream authors and 'serious' fiction. Technology, in one swift blow, destroyed a decades-long publishers' bias against fantasy. It demonstrated that what people were really buying was simply not reflected in the old bestseller lists, based as they were on reports from a small panel of bookshops. The reality was, people were buying fantasy - in particular, they were buying The Ill-Made Mute. This debut novel and its two sequels in the 'Bitterbynde Trilogy' went on to win fans and accolades across the globe. The Ill-Made Mute was listed on Amazon's Best, Locus Magazine's Best First Novels, the Sydney Morning Herald's Top Twenty and the Australian Publishers' Association 'Australia's Favourite Read'. The Bitterbynde Trilogy, including The Battle of Evernight, is published in five languages and distributed in more than fifty countries around the world.
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The first two books in this trilogy transported me to a different realm, one where unseen eyes peered from the gloam, and all manners of creatures, dark and light, could be stumbled upon.
The conclusion.. I suppose this could be a personal preference, but we don't get a happy ending, and having invested so much into the story and the tale of the mute, I had so wanted a happy ending.. In a sense, this is a tragic book. But I suppose it is also fitting of this author, because nothing she writes is 'common' or 'usual'. She let the story flow through her and became its medium. Still, I wish the ending happened another way.
The disappointing: I agree with one of the editorial reviews that said that the story dragged some in the beginning and it became disappointing towards the second half where Ashalind took on a mostly passive role. I also think that the flashbacks in the second book worked much more smoothly then the multiple ones in Evernight, which had a feeling of catching up the reader to me.
If I had reviewed this book a couple of days ago after I finished reading it, I would have given it 3 stars. The "coy ending" annoyed me at first, but that annoyance faded, so I would suggest any readers who feel similarly take a moment to cool down.
All in all, it is a wonderful book with a highly original style. Although I cannot say that the plot was so terribly different than other fantasy works, the author's writing made the story seem novel. She is gifted at mixing evocative description with clever dialogue and has a mystery writer's gift for hiding elements of future importance in the earlier parts of the tale. I didn't think the book was as perfectly balanced as the middle novel - which was the highlight of the series.