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The Battle of Evernight (2002)

by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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Continua la saga di Imrhien/Rohain/Taquil/Ashalind e nonostante si sia al terzo volume riesce a mantenere le aspettative dei precedenti libri. La storia non scade in banalità, non risulta appensantita rispetto ciò che l'ha preceduta. Continua ad appassionare, a far battere il cuore per un personaggio che non si può fare a meno di sentire vicino. ------------>-------------- Ma... Ma c'è un ma. La fine - se possiamo definirla così! - risulta decisamente troppo poco definita, nebulosa potremmo dire. La Dart-Thornton si è comportata bene fino alle ultime 25 pagine, descrivendo con minuzia di particolari, senza mai annoiare. Ma poi non si capisce bene perchè ha concluso le vicissitudini di Ashalind e Thorn in due righe appena abbozzate. Decisamente rimane un certo senso di delusione. Un senso di aspettativa tradito. ------------>-------------- Nonostante questo rimane una delle saghe che ho maggiormente amato fino ad ora. ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Feb 5, 2014 |
Nel romanzo finale della trilogia di Bytterbinde, Cecilia Dart-Thornton rivela in maniera piuttosto esplicita le sue fonti, che altri non è che il famosissimo Mabinogion. E' stato grazie alla storia dello scambio tra il re di Erith e il Re di Faerie che ho capito il gioco dell'autrice e infine l'essenza della trilogia della Dart-Thornton: una rievocazione della mitologia e del folklore britannici, abilmente trasposti in un mondo fittizio e fantastico, intessute in una meravigliosa trama di magia e amore o perchè no...di sword and sorcery!
Il finale non sembra lieto, ma ecco che nell'epilogo, ovviamente narrato sotto forma di leggenda, che la storia di Ashlind si compie.
Una delle più belle trilogie che abbia letto, nel complesso. Non mi sento di gridare al capolavoro solo perché il materiale trattato dall'autrice non è originale, ma apprezzo moltissimo lo sforzo di tramandare le leggende a nuove generazioni, anche sotto forma di narrativa fantasy. Decisamente un livello che gli autori italiani purtroppo non hanno ancora raggiunto. ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
Nel romanzo finale della trilogia di Bytterbinde, Cecilia Dart-Thornton rivela in maniera piuttosto esplicita le sue fonti, che altri non è che il famosissimo Mabinogion. E' stato grazie alla storia dello scambio tra il re di Erith e il Re di Faerie che ho capito il gioco dell'autrice e infine l'essenza della trilogia della Dart-Thornton: una rievocazione della mitologia e del folklore britannici, abilmente trasposti in un mondo fittizio e fantastico, intessute in una meravigliosa trama di magia e amore o perchè no...di sword and sorcery!
Il finale non sembra lieto, ma ecco che nell'epilogo, ovviamente narrato sotto forma di leggenda, che la storia di Ashlind si compie.
Una delle più belle trilogie che abbia letto, nel complesso. Non mi sento di gridare al capolavoro solo perché il materiale trattato dall'autrice non è originale, ma apprezzo moltissimo lo sforzo di tramandare le leggende a nuove generazioni, anche sotto forma di narrativa fantasy. Decisamente un livello che gli autori italiani purtroppo non hanno ancora raggiunto. ( )
  Zeruhur | May 26, 2012 |
In the process of actually remembering her past, Rohain also remembers her actual name (Ashalind). This recovery does not stop her from accumulating yet another alias - Tarquil, this time. Unfortunately, here's where the series as a whole falls down for me. Let me just suggest that not every 2nd world fantasy trilogy requires a period where (Frodo, Sam, and Gollum) Ashalind and her companions wander through the wilderness (complete with an area that's spelled so close to Khazadum to make no difference in their pronounciation) to (Mount Doom) the last gate to Faerie. It allows for great world-building, sure. But I'm not in it for the world building, I'm in it for the characters, and there's really no development from that point to the time that Ashalind's original companions are kidnapped and she's forced to go through (the Cracks of Doom) volcano country to get to (Barad-dur) Evernight. There, she meets Morrigan again, and we get some actually interesting interactions. However, the quest continues to be lazily written, because - though her memory is restored - Ashalind doesn't remember the three very important things that are relevant to her situation and how she got there - including the location of the gate that she was journeying toward. In any case, good triumphs despite being rather dumb, and feasting and merrymaking proceed before Ashalind leads the King, his fae knights and ladies, Thomas, and Tam Lin and his family to the gate, which she conveniently recalls the location of just after being reunited with the good guys. They're attacked on the threshold, and she disappears inside, afraid. Here's where things get really annoying for me: Ashalind now has the knowledge of how to open the other gates to Faerie. So instead of proceeding to do just that, she wanders out of the gate again, and falls victim to a dude with a crush, becoming amnesiac once more.

The book ostensibly ends there, though there is a chapter online at the author's website which presents the happy ending everyone craves and she hints at in the epilogue. But a large portion of this book, excluding any scene with Morrigan, really, really disappointed me. There was no need at all for that final hook, and I was really annoyed that it was thrown in. I didn't like the fact that - despite regaining her memory - Ashalind continued to conveniently not remember why and how she returned to the mortal realms. And for a character that was consistently written as very clever in the first two novels, the characterization just fell down here. In fact, I feel like the third book had taken these well-developed characters from the first two and just started to twist them in the original direction the author wanted the plot to go, instead of paying attention to where they were going and moving the plot to be more character consistent. ( )
1 vote sweird | Jan 28, 2010 |
Hard to get through. I don't know why; the prose was rather impenetrable, but no more so than in her earlier two, which I found oddly readable despite that. The plot, partly - it wandered, but then the earlier two did as well. Characters? Fewer interesting secondary characters, less interesting setting, or maybe I'd just lost patience with them somehow.A pity, because I did enjoy the earlier two, and also because she did come up with good answers for some of the things I disliked in the earlier books - Thorn was inhumanly attractive and capable because he was, in fact, inhuman, for one.I choose to believe the second option at the ending - that she was spirited away by her unworldly lover to beyond the gate. The other was too pointless and stupid a tragic ending, and unworthy of both the prince and his supposedly befuddled bride. ( )
  krisiti | Jul 1, 2009 |
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Australian author Cecilia Dart-Thornton's American debut, The Ill-Made Mute, earned praise from fans, critics, and colleagues; the lyrical novel's admirers include no less an authority than the Grande Dame of Fantasy, Andre Norton. The sequel, The Lady of the Sorrows, garnered further acclaim. Now, Dart-Thornton concludes her high-fantasy trilogy, The Bitterbynde, with The Battle of Evernight.

Once a scarred and nameless mute, Tahquil has regained her voice, her looks, and some memory. But she and her companions, Viviana and Caitri, are stranded far from the man she loves, and are being pursued by the tireless and dangerous Lord Morragan, Crown Prince of Faerie. Tahquil may not regain the rest of her memory in time to save her companions or herself. And even if she does, a shocking discovery may doom any possibility of love.

The Battle of Evernight is not for newcomers to Dart-Thornton's fantasy universe. Her trilogy has a complex plot and her world of Erith is developed with uncommon depth. Additionally, The Battle of Evernight has some structural problems. Too many of its early events don't really forward the plot. The climax occurs too far from the conclusion. And the ending's coy note may annoy fans as well as newcomers. Also, while not a structural flaw, the three main female characters are disappointingly passive, and seem to exist mostly to be acted upon by the males; for example, Tahquil observes the critical titular battle from a distance. If you're new to the Bitterbynde, start with The Ill-Made Mute. --Cynthia Ward

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Once upon a time the great Faeran high king became trapped in mortal Erith along with his twin brother - and nemesis - Morragan the Raven Prince, when the gate to the Faeran Realm was closed on them. Now many centuries later, the fugitive who calls herself Tahquil has at last discovered the truth.… (more)

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