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Book Title: The Lady of the Sorrows|
The author of the book: Cecilia Dart-Thornton
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Reader ratings: 6.5
Date of issue: 2003
ISBN 13: 9780330489560
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The size of the: 34.66 MB
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The writer of this book is definitely talented, but was too enamored of her own powers of description for my taste. Many of the descriptive passages were beautifully poetic, but I often found myself admiring her turns of phrase while wanting her to get on with the story already! Yes, Cecilia, you're a poet and you know it, but did you really have to bring the story to a halt while you spent a whole page on exactly how the light fell on a pool of water, or listed all 263 tools in a character's workshop? Some reviewers were annoyed by the dozens of Celtic stories and myths crammed into the plot, but I didn't mind that too much because that's an interest of mine. But I agree that sometimes it appeared that Dart-Thornton wanted to use every story she'd ever been told or unearthed in her research, without regard to how they affected the structure of the book. I do think a discerning editor could have vastly improved this book by curbing Dart-Thornton's excesses, while keeping enough of the poetic language and the grounding in Celtic mythology to elevate the book above others of the genre.
Also, I listened to it as an audiobook, and the reader mispronounced so many not-so-uncommon words I wanted to scream. I wouldn't have minded mispronunciations of the Celtic or made-up words as much, but I was annoyed by the frequent mispronunciation of standard English words whose pronunciation could be checked in dictionary. I wish I'd kept a list, because now the only ones I can remember are "ebullient", which she pronounced "EB-yuh-lent", and "demesnes" which she pronounced "de-MEN-ses" (over and over, aargh!). I realize that neither of those are good examples of standard English words that a professional reader should know how to say, but trust me, there were many others.
I think I'd have liked these books better if I'd read instead of listened so that I could have skimmed the song lyrics and over-long descriptions, and so I wouldn't have been constantly irritated by mispronunciations. After skimming the reviews of the third book in this trilogy, I've decided not to bother with it at all.
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Read information about the authorCecilia Dart-Thornton was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.
She became a schoolteacher before working as an editor, bookseller, illustrator and book designer.
She started and ran her own business, but became a full-time writer in 2000 after her work was 'discovered' on the Internet and published by Time Warner (New York).
A keen supporter of animal rights and wilderness conservation, she has also branched out into such diverse industries as clay sculpting, performing in folk music bands, and digital media.
Her books are published around the world and have been translated into several languages.
THE BITTERBYNDE TRILOGY
'This series follows the journey of a mute, amnesiac foundling through a world of beauty and peril, teeming with faerie creatures.'
The Ill-Made Mute (2001)
The Lady of the Sorrows (2002)
The Battle of Evernight (2003)
THE CROWTHISTLE CHRONICLES
'A four-part epic fantasy describing the adventures that befall a cursed and gifted family.'
The Iron Tree (2004)
The Well of Tears (2005)
THE MIDNIGHT GAME - A young-adult fantasy novel published in a fine limited edition. (2012)
Long the Clouds are Over me Tonight (Published in the anthology Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy; Tor Books, 2004)
The Stolen Swanmaiden (Published in Australian Women's Weekly September 2005)
The Lanes of Camberwell (Published by Harper Collins in the anthology DREAMING AGAIN, 2008)
The Enchanted (Published by Harper Collins in the anthology LEGENDS OF AUSTRALIAN FANTASY, 2010)
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