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Weatherwitch: Book Three of The Crowthistle Chronicles Hardcover – November 14, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Australian author Dart-Thornton shifts to the next generation of weathermasters in her third fey-filled installment in the Crowthistle Chronicles. Taking center stage is 19-year-old Asrathiel Heronsword Maelstronnar, daughter of the invulnerable Jewel and immortal Arran (featured in 2006's The Well of Tears) and granddaughter of Jarred and Lilith (the ill-fated lovers who starred in 2005's The Iron Tree). Having inherited the talents of her parents, who disappeared nine years earlier, Asrathiel (previously known as Astariel), has also become a weathermage of great power. She leaves her grandfather Avalloc's home to begin her tenure as weathermaster to the king of Narngalis in the capital city of King's Winterbourne. But the king of Slievmordhu, with the help of the hapless king of Ashqaleth, aims to rid the land of all the weathermasters. Though Dart-Thornton delivers more talk (including lectures on vegetarianism and animal cruelty) than action, her fans will continue to enjoy her Celtic-inspired mythology. (Nov.)
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"Featuring a courageous and unusual heroine, this series opener belongs in most fantasy collections."--Library Journal on The Ill Made Mute
"Hobbit-fanciers will find much to delight them."--The Times (UK) on The Ill Made Mute
"For fans of mainstream fantasy, this is likely to be one of the high marks of the year.--Science Fiction Chronicle on The Ill Made Mute
"Like Tolkien and many of the best fantasy writers, Dart-Thornton has created a wonderful fantasy world that is a delight to wander through."--Herald Sun on The Ill Made Mute
"In a word: enchanting."--Sydney Herald on The Lady of Sorrows
Top customer reviews
What I did not enjoy, however, was the fact that Dart-Thornton was clearly using this particular book to try and force her views of animal rights down the reader's throat. Now, please understand, I myself are an avid supporter of animal rights, believing that they should be treated humanely and with compassion. It just felt very much to me like this book was acting more as a soapbox for the author to preach to her audience. I prefer such preaching to be rather more subtle, but was instead left feeling guilty for not being a vegetarian. This rather darkened my enjoyment. Perhaps this is what the author is seeking to achieve.
Still, save for this little bugbear, I found this a rich and enticing read, with colourful characters (particularly the urisk) and whilst it does act somewhat as a "bridge" style novel (obviously spanning the way to something more), it still proved a pleasurable read.
She accepts a posting as a weathermage at King's Winterboune where weathermasters are still respected. The king of Slievmordhu Uabhar wants to be high king of Tir and he sees the weather masters as an impediment to his ambition. He has several people spreading lies about them to the population and many turn against him. When Asrathiel meets with him she doesn't trust him but she has no idea that he is about to plunge the world into civil war or has an ultimate plan for her and her colleagues.
WEATHERWITCH feels likes an in betweeners book that is setting the stage for the last novel in the Crowthistle Chronicles. In many ways it is a coming of age tale as the heroine must decide what she wants as she outgrows her girlhood dreams yet yearns for something even she isn't sure of what it is. There are some cute scenes between the protagonist and the urisk, a seelie being of magic that attaches himself to her and vexes her as he well as amuses her and shares her immortality. There are many sub-plots left dangling which will hopefully be answered in Fallowblade.