- Title: The Ill-Made Mute
- Author: Cecilia Dart-Thornton
- ISBN: 9780446528320
- Page: 205
- Format: Hardcover
In a thrilling debut that combines storytelling mastery with a treasure trove of folklore, Cecilia Dart Thornton creates a lushly romantic epic adventure, set in a world brimming with wonders and terrors.The Stormriders land their splendid winged stallions on the battlements of Isse Tower, while the scullions who dwell in the fortress s lower depths rarely even see the sunIn a thrilling debut that combines storytelling mastery with a treasure trove of folklore, Cecilia Dart Thornton creates a lushly romantic epic adventure, set in a world brimming with wonders and terrors.The Stormriders land their splendid winged stallions on the battlements of Isse Tower, while the scullions who dwell in the fortress s lower depths rarely even see the sun Yet it is the least of the lowly a mute, scarred foundling youth who dares to climb the Tower, stow away aboard a Windship, and dive from the sky into a wilderness of endless danger For goblins, peskies, knocks, and all the eldrich wights of the Unseelie haunt every tree, every pool, every turn in the road, tormenting or killing unwary travelers And unknown to the nameless one, somewhere a dark force is summoning the malignant hordes, determined to destroy the young mute s identity, historyd destiny
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"Then the mizzenmast was braced around, jibs and staysails sheeted home, 'tween mast staysails reset, course steadied and the spanker eased off" Excuse me ? Could you put that in clear english or at least, as I saw suggested in another person's review of another book, put up a picture in which such things were marked clearly (and is it only me who really wants to know what a 'spanker' looks like ?) Cecilia Dart-Thornton luxuriates in words and images and boy does she have a lot of them. When she [...]
DNF because, shit, it’s boringI have had a brand new paperback copy of The Ill Made Mute sitting in my pile of to be read books ever since I first bought it on a word of mouth recommendation back in 2001 or so. I probably should’ve read it then because now I have no patience for the tediously descriptive, wandering plot that comprises this story. That’s what happens when you realize you’re getting older and there are just not enough hours in the day to read boring books.I’ll state up f [...]
I found this book extremely difficult to get through. The narrative was so dry, I kept having to go back and reread passages because I'd zoned out. Part of the problem was the author kept stopping the story to tell other stories, which sufficiently killed any momentum it had going for it. Overall, the basic concept of the book was an interesting one, I just had issues with execution. I won't be continuing on.
Oh man. Did I have a little trouble believing in the Harry Dresden of Storm Front? This one has got him beat hands down for incredulity. Our main character, a 15-year-old girl, wakes up mute, horribly scarred, and with no memory (but at least enough subconscious memory to deal with the world around her.) She then proceeds to live in a medieval castle as a servant for like a year before she realises she's a she. Yes, that's right, the 15-year old takes a YEAR to work out what sex she is. Do you _ [...]
I feel as though I need to defend my 5-star rating for what is, in fact, a flawed book (other reviewers are mostly right). For me, the book, and the series, is worth reading for the setting alone. Dart-Thornton's vision of a world based on Celtic folktales is complex and fully imagined, so complex that it actually serves some of the functions of character. This world may be divided between "seely" and "unseely," but it is far more morally complex than most fantasy worlds where villains are someh [...]
I believe this is her first novel and it's descriptive passages were bewitching, in the old sense of the word. When I read this book I kept getting so drawn into the story that I was often late for appointments! I would sink into the landscape of marshes, forests and fog-hidden villages. Its mythical arc spans more than one lifetime and is full of fey creatures that are very individual and fully-fleshed out.Its a fairy-tale for adults. Maybe even for children too, although dark and scary in part [...]
There's a part of me that wishes I could have given this book more than three starsbut in the end, I only liked. I didn't love it. The idea is a good one: Celtic mythology heavily woven into a world that is part medieval/part steampunk (though there is no steam. Just airships). The protagonist is an interesting idea: hideously deformed and mute. There are moments of great beauty and the feel of the best kind of fairy tales.But.But there are also times--and far too many of them--when the florid d [...]
Way to go, GR, giving away the surprise in the blurb.
Wow, wow, wow. Fanstastic trilogy! This story has so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. I have read this story so many times I almost know it by heart.This tale follows the journey of a young person's quest to find three things, and on the way discovers so much more. This story has everything: low life scumbags, a ruffian who turns out to be a hero, a hero who is not who he seems, a heroine who is not who she seems, and a tonne of mystery.This book contains a lot of Celtic mythology, [...]
Odd book. Was wavering between "decent" and "eh', but I really liked the use of Celtic folk tales, so I was generous. She made a world where legendary folk-tale happenings were part of common, everyday life, but very different from books like One for the Morning Glory, or Bridge of Birds. The people were more like the historical Irish who told those tales, down to earth and unlovely and afraid.I wish she'd found a better tale to set in her background. And written it with more skill. Lots of awkw [...]
I thought this book was super frustrating. I was really excited to read it based on the description of it and it started out well. There are soooo many amazing elements in this book: * Winged, flying horses that walk on the clouds with the help of these cool magnetic-y horseshoes. * Ditto -magnetic-y pirate ships that fly through the air. * the protagonist is a mute foundling, face scarred beyond recognition with no memory of how he/she came to be this way, no memory of the past. * he/she was ra [...]
As I clear a few little wet spots from my lashes, I start this review. Hoping t find out if the story continues or if I wait in helplessness like so many readers grasping for that next book in the series.Because wow, this is a story to be reckoned with. soft and gentle the wording may seem at first, the horrors are so much clearer that way.I was captured at the first. Echoes of the rain pattered outside my windows asking me to fall into the book, to let it take me into a dreamworld where all the [...]
This is the first in a 3-part trilogy, jumped to top of my favourite books list. Very well-researched fantasy based on Celtic mythology. If you liked Lord of the Rings you will love this, the difference is that you never know which way the story and the main character are heading. One of the most beautiful love stories told.
Scanning down the other reviews, I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that the author used the word 'eldritch' in every third paragraph! Apart from a few 'pet' words that the author is obviously in love with, this book is the most boring case of thesaurus-rape that I have ever read. The romance is nausea-inducing, the language is dull and pretentious.
Just got finished with this one and more than half way through the secondGood ol'fantasy fluff. Fun read with some great vocabulary. The story is really well constructed too.
When I first saw this book in the library I was intrigued; it had all the aspects of at least an average fantasy, and who knew, maybe it could have developed into an amazing one. Well, I know now. It doesn't, it didn't, it won't. This book was a startling disappointment for me. At first I thought it may be because I had been over reading and that I had become saturated with books, however, when I went back to it the result was just the same; dull, boring and oh so mind-numbing. Still, I was surp [...]
I really, really didn't like this book. It was a struggle for me to finish. The only reason I did was because I read a review saying they liked the romance in this book and I'm a sucker for romance. But the romance here is very, very minimal, so don't let that be your reason for reading this!'I'm not a writer, but once when I was in high school I decided to write a really long story. A few pages in I got bored and switched the story line completely, mid-story. A few pages after that, I changed i [...]
2.5I wanted to like this book due to the beautiful descriptions, yet I quickly started to skim over these in the vain attempt to find the story.This is a novel centred around learning more about the protagonist's identity, and it is a story that assumes that the readers sticks with it because they are intrigued enough by this quest and empathetic enough towards the main character. However, because the protagonist is so featureless for a long time and literally everyone around them is hard-hearte [...]
Wish I could do more of a 4.5. Really excellent with beautiful prose and a story that, while repetitive, is still enchanting all the way through. A nice world to live in for a time. The ending didn't make me *need* to go out and get the next book, I admit. I may read the rest of the trilogy, one day, but for now I'm satisfied having had this little adventure to live in for the beginning of summer.
Pensavo che con il passare delle pagine la storia avrebbe preso una piega molto più dinamica, invece fino alla fine è stata molto pesante. È un peccato, perché la scrittura della Dart-Thorton è affascinante, ma anche troppo lenta!Storia originale ma super pesante! 😓
Abbandonatodavvero troppo lento e poco interessanteccato!
Che dire, mi è piaciuto! Ho letto le prime 200 pagine con immane sforzo, strascicandomi da una pagina all’altra solo grazie ad uno dei principi a cui la mia vita si aggrappa: non si lasciano le cose a metà!E così avanzavo annoiato, scorrendo lo sguardo su tante righe di testo piuttosto anonime, intrise di indubbia capacità letteraria, ma caratterizzate da un ritmo lento e direi spesso immobile.Ho conosciuto così il protagonista un personaggio abbastanza piatto non ha un passato, non ha un [...]
5,5/10Ennesimo libro che spreca delle idee originali e potenzialmente ottime, adoperandole come contorno della solita minestra riscaldata. L'autrice ha avuto l'ottima intuizione di un metallo che levita, il che si traduce in trasporti aerei a basso costo sia via nave sia per mezzo di cavalli volanti, il che si traduce in città-fortezza sviluppate in altezza in modo da avere più pontili per l'atterraggio, e già qui ce ne sarebbe abbastanza perché un autore capace ne sforni una serie unica nel [...]
I can't really add much to all the other reviews. A friend loaned me the book saying that it was a good story but not very well written. I think that about sums it up. I was increasingly intrigued by where the story was going the whole way through, but the ridiculously obfuscating writing style never settled down. The author has an absolute fetish for over-describing and, what's worse, doing it using words that nobody in their right mind has ever heard of and so of course can't picture. Hard to [...]
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 [...]
The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde Trilogy Book 1) by Cecilia Dart-ThorntonIt took a while for this book to get going. I hung on grimly and I'm enjoying it much more now. The main character is a young girl who has no memory and no voice and whose face has been ruined by a poisonous plant.I've found a couple of grammatical errors/translations where the author has used Irish: alainn capall dubh, for instance, should be capall dubh alainn (beautiful black horse). The majority of adjectives come aft [...]
Pros: the world is beautiful, detailed, and fairly well built; the interspersed tales are enjoyable.Cons: the pacing is awkward (slow and dragging, then quick bursts of action); and the characters were unbelievable. Example: Imrhien does not know she's a girl, has lost all her memory - yet she still manages to navigate the dangers of the wild better than an adventuring pirate. In addition, the storytelling episodes are not well integrated into the main narrative. Is this book supposed to be an A [...]
This book really came off to a slow start, but it grows on you as the story moves from a standstill in a tower to a journey in search of freedom and identity. The story is set in a world full of magic and creatures from folk lore, except in this story, it is not just stories, but the terrifying things in the woods and lakes are oh so real and dangerous. At the start of the book I felt that I may not finish it all, but I was so wrong. I couldn't put it down. I needed to buy the following two book [...]
Deel I van de Bitterbynde Trilogie. Zoals altijd met queestes en gevaren en mysteries.Hier een originele inslag met een link naar oude Engelse sprookjes, mythen en sagen en een creatieve verwerking van oud (bij)geloof in het verhaal. Bovendien vlot geschreven en spannend, leest dus als een trein. ideaal boek voor herfst en winterdagenfantasy-db/boek/226/De+
This is one of the best fantasy trilogies I've ever read and that's saying a lot. Cecilia Dart-Thornton takes Faerey mythology and brings it to life in this story. I left my copy behind in Wuhan 9 years ago and have regretted it ever since. It's really hard to find them on bookstore shelves so if you do make sure you pick it up (and then loan it to me).
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