- Hardcover: 546 pages
- Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd T/A Leaves of Gold Press; Special edition (September 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987575414
- ISBN-13: 978-0987575418
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 816 g
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The Lady of the Sorrows - Special Edition: The Bitterbynde Book #2 Hardcover – 1 September 2013
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'Rich in romance and driven by a compelling drama mystery, this is FANTASY AT ITS BEST.'
- DIRECTOR'S CLUB
'In a word: ENCHANTING.'
- THE HERALD SUN
'This is not a quick fantasy fix, it's a rich and detailed journey of discovery . . . I'm immensely impressed by the author's ability to weave her obviously extensive knowledge of MYTHIC LORE into the narrative . . . A GREAT READ.'
- GOOD READING
'The Lady of the Sorrows comes to a MAGNIFICENTLY PARADOXICAL CONCLUSION.'
- LOCUS MAGAZINE
'MS. DART-THORNTON HAS DONE IT AGAIN. It's hard for even a sea-soned writer to produce a satisfying sequel to a successful novel, but Ms. Dart-Thornton makes it look easy! Richly descriptive . . . the plot unfolds in a most satisfying manner, engaging the reader along the way with many unexpected twists and turns. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT.'
- FUTURE FICTION
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'. It is published in five languages and distributed in more than fifty countries around the world.
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There is a mounting tension in this book that was missing in the relatively plotless first volume of the trilogy. The author begins to frame the overarching struggle between good and evil. She begins to drop hints as to why it is so important that Rohain should recover her past.
Some of the hints aren't so subtle: The Wild Hunt mounts a full-scale, coordinated assault on the tower where Rohain is visiting; the forces of evil blow up an island, Krakatau-style, where she seeks refuge. (There are a few minor errors regarding lava viscosity and the behavior of tsunamis, but overall this section of the book is a splendid, scary reinterpretation of the eruption of the Indonesian volcano, Krakatau in 1883).
As in "The Ill-Made Mute," Cecilia Dart-Thornton specializes in long, static, but beautiful descriptions of scenery, clothing, courtly manners, holiday feasts, the land of Faêran (Faêrie), etc. Even though these descriptions slow down the action, they really bring the reader into the scene:
"They found shelter in a mossy stone ruin that had once, in ages long past, conceivably been a byre. Honeysuckle and traveler's joy formed a roof over the few remaining, slug-haunted walls. Against those they piled dry bracken to serve as a bed. Not daring to light a fire, they unwrapped the last slabs of cold porridge from their dock leaves and dined in silence."
Beautiful. I'm right there under the honesuckle, eating cold porridge with Rohain and her friends.
Read "The Ill-Made Mute" (in which Rohain is called 'Imrhien') before tackling "The Lady of the Sorrows" or you might not understand the story and all of its lovingly crafted accouterments. Then you'll have to wait until April, 2003, when the concluding volume of this unique trilogy, "The Battle of Evernight" is published, to see how it all ends for Imrhien-Rohain.