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The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

The Ill-Made Mute (2001)

by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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Series: Bitterbynde (1)

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Mi è piaciuto molto. Fantasy molto particolare e non adatto a tutti perchè molto descrittivo.
Dicono sia noioso ma io non concordo, diciamo che le descrizioni sono minuziose ma non inutili e non noiose. Le creature delle fiabe inglesi e irlandesi sono fantastiche. Le tempeste di vento magico sono una cosa assolutamente originale come le stanze prive di protezione. Sono curiosa di vedere come si sviluppa. Consigliato agli amanti dei fantasy molto ricchi di idee ma un po' lenti nella narrazione. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
Although it's definitely not "serious" literature, I couldn't help liking this book. A mix of original high fantasy, Celtic legend, and escapist romance come together in a dazzling – if not all that substantial – mélange.
A youth, face hideously scarred and bearing other marks of violence, is found unconscious and brought to Isse Tower, a Stormrider's outpost. Deformed and ugly, and suffering from amnesia, the youth is reviled and works as a drudge – the lowest of the low. Driven to escape on one of the floating skyships, an adventure is in the offing - involving pirates, hidden treasure, dangerous wastelands filled with fantastic dangers, brigands, and, of course, a mysterious and gorgeous love-interest.
Dart-Thornton's language is full of rich and gorgeous details. The reader gets to know precisely what each character might be wearing, how rooms are furnished, etc. This might seem annoying – but she makes it work. She also works in a wealth of old folktales (with a bibliography of their sources at the end.) ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
One of my favourite books and one of the biggest surprises I suppose. Within the familiar storyline of maiden fights evil to find true love the author has woven a treasure trove of mainly northern european folk tales, superstitions and traditions, most of which I thought I had forgotten. Wights, waterhorses, selkies and the Wild Hunt, to name but a few. It was as if the tales of my childhood have come back to life, absolutely delightful! ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
Very nice, with an original main protagonist and very interesting characters. The story is compelling, the world-building solid and there are many delightful details of folklore and story-telling. Epic fantasy at its purest, with quests, treasures and all. Unfortunately, the pace is a bit slow -particularly and the beginning, when the reader absorbs a lot of information along with the amnesiac protagonist- and too much care in descriptions (and sometimes endless lists of objects and foods, or long songs) makes for a difficult reading at times, but on to the next book! ( )
  Alissa- | Nov 26, 2014 |
Superato il primo scoglio (150 pagine circa) la lettura prende una velocità surreale portando nel giro di poco tempo alla fine del primo volume...e per fortuna ho già in mano il seguito per poter proseguire con tranquillità! Il blocco iniziale è dovuto ad un'assenza di accadimenti attorno alla figura principale del romanzo. Le prime pagine sono infatti ricche di storie e leggende raccontate la sera, finiti i lavori pesanti, davanti al fuoco del camino, da alcuni bardi al resto del personale della Torre di Isse. Non che queste non siano interessanti, ma si protraggono un pò troppo a lungo rispetto a quelle che sono le mie preferenze, ovvero l'evolversi della storia del piccolo protagonista. Quando finalmente riesce a fuggire dalla Torre inizia la sua avventura straordinaria. Con creature orribili e terrorizzanti, belle ed ingannatrici, avventurieri e pirati, tesori favolosi ed indovinelli, ladri e assassini. Creature seelie ed unseelie... ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Feb 5, 2014 |
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Featuring a courageous and unusual heroine, this series opener belongs in most fantasy collections.
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This first novel by Australian writer Cecilia Dart-Thornton begins the Bitterbynde series, the saga of a young woman's search for her past as well as her destiny. An orphaned refugee taken in as a servant of powerful Isse Tower, a prominent Relay Station in the world's communications network, the main character is a nameless, badly scarred mute with little hope for better--until he escapes by stowing away on a magical Windship and is befriended by cheerful Sianadh, a self-professed madman and adventurer. Sianadh gives his companion two precious gifts: a name, Imrhien, and the knowledge that he is really she, raised as a boy to protect her from even worse treatment. Together, the two journey into the deep green heart of a great forest, defeat the tricky magics of various eldritch wights, and discover a vast treasure that will change their lives forever. When Imrhien learns of Maeve One-Eye, a healer who may be able to repair her scars and restore her memory, the girl is determined to seek her out. On the dangerous trip west, Imrhien meets and falls in love with the Dainnan ranger Thorn, but doubts he could ever return her affections. While this novel doesn't stand well alone, readers who crave long and detailed journeys through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures will enjoy Imrhien's travels. Dart-Thornton's world takes many traditional elements of epic fantasy and manages to stir them into something charming and new. --Charlene Brusso

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In a world where creatures of legend haunt the lands of men, and to be caught outside after dark means almost certain death, the inhabitants of Isse Tower are amazed when a mute, starving foundling is discovered outside their gates. The first in an epic new science fantasy series.… (more)

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