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A stylish, elegantly written story, Black Spring is dark in tone and full of dread and foreboding but with a passionate love story at its heart. Its narrator travels to the Northern Plateau, a grim place ruled by wizards and seeped in hatred and vengeance. Here he comes across Lina, a witch with strong powers but not strong enough to withstand the absolute love she feels for Damek, a brooding presence who obsesses her completely. The blending together of so many forces makes a gripping story by the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor.
This is a fantasy reworking of Wuthering Heights which interweaves wizard lore and vendetta with Emily Bronte's beloved classic. Black Spring takes the passionate story of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and re-imagines it in a fantasy nineteenth-century society set in savage lands sustained by wizardry, where its people live by the vengeance code of vendetta. Like Wuthering Heights , it's a story within a story, featuring the brooding young Damek, who is swept along by his emotions. The object of his affections is Lina, daughter of the village lord, whose magical powers make her a witch - and witches are not tolerated in this brutally patriarchal society. When Lina is sent away and forced to become a servant, Damek promises revenge and, like Heathcliff, spends a lifetime securing and refining it. This book has strong crossover potential and will appeal as much to adult fans of sophisticated fantasy and the Brontes as to teen fantasy readers. This is a beautifully written and unique take on Wuthering Heights which mixes wizard lore and the Armenian vendetta tradition with the epic romance of the original classic.
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
|Publication date:||3rd January 2013|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),|
Alison Croggon is the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor, a high fantasy quartet which consists of The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing. Alison is also an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around Australia. Alison Croggon writes... As a child I was born in South Africa, because my father was working there as a mining engineer. He moved the family to his native Cornwall when I was four years old, and then ...More About Alison Croggon