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The Ill-Made Mute - Special Edition (The Bitterbynde Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 10, 2014
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Dart-Thornton's Bitterbynde trilogy - each book, and all three together, DESERVE TO WIN EVERY FANTASY AWARD THERE IS. This glorious book gives my back my faith in fantasy fiction... a stunning representative of its field... to Cecilia Dart-Thornton I extend the plea: More! More!
- TANITH LEE, World Fantasy Award Winner
The Ill-Made Mute is THE BEST FANTASY NOVEL I'VE READ. . . at last, a book to get excited about.
- THE MERCURY - Tasmania
A buzzing proliferation of NEW WORLDS, weaving in and out of the psychic profile of our own.
- THE WASHINGTON POST
With deep roots in folklore and myth, tirelessly inventive, fascinating, affecting and profoundly satisfying – and Dart-Thornton has plenty in reserve for sequels. A STUNNING, DAZZLING DEBUT.
- KIRKUS REVIEWS
This is an enjoyable entree to The Bitterbynde. LIKE TOLKIEN and many of the best fantasy writers, Dart-Thornton has created a wonderful fantasy world that is a delight to wander through.
– THE HERALD SUN
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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But once you take the time, it's beautiful. The writing is elegant and the land extraordinary. This book is like a fairy-tale but the protagonists aren't princesses or beasts - they're people. Some good, some bad, but none all good, nor all bad. They're just human.
This is fantasy at its best - mythical creatures roam and magical storms sweep the land. People, as a matter of course, take precautions, but then just get on with life. We accept the magic in this world because the people do. And at the end of the day, magic doesn't seem to be the focus. This is a story about acceptance - of others, of yourself; about companionship; about the importance and permissibility of dreams. Everyone's allowed to hope for something better. Everyone can reach above her station.
By the time you come out of this story, you care, desperately, for the mute, scarred child who rises above her deformity to become someone who cares, who sees truly when others don't, who loves though she feels she hasn't the right, and who wins friends through her loyalty and her capacity for joy.
I want a happy ending for her. I can't wait to read the rest. I can't wait to be in this world again.
In fact, there isn't much plot. This is a story of a mute, facially-scarred amnesiac who sets out on a journey to find someone with the right kind of magic to heal her. The plot is the journey, or the journey is the plot. Along the way, the ill-made mute interacts with flying horses, flying galleons, an Irishman straight out of a Mike and Pat joke, a treasure cave, unstorms, pirates, King's rangers, and eldritch wights. There is plenty of drama, and wondrous sights to see along the way. Read slowly and savor the rich text. Journey's end is only partially satisfying, but a wonderful sequel has already been published--"The Lady of the Sorrows"---I've already read it and it's even better than "The Ill-Made Mute." The third book of the trilogy, "The Battle of Evernight," came out in April, 2003 and wasn't quite as good as the first two, but you should still read it for the rather puzzling climax to the series.
Warning: the books are not for the bestseller crowd, or those who can only deal with linear plots and plain-vanilla narration. They are, however, for the literate, Tolkien-loving, Shakespeare-gobbling, romantic fantasy set. They're unique and magical.
Cecillia Dart-Thorton weaves an elaborate and intensly detailed story of trials and triumphs, loves and loss and of course fantastic adventure. Sleep is for the weak when I'm captured in this page-turner.
I'm off to buy the second part right now, praying that the day may slow down a little so i can avoid work and get caught up in more reading. And thank heavens for kindle, i can read in the dark and without straining my wrists!
I would recomend this book to anyone but those who like fantasy novels would probably enjoy it most.
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