THE LADY OF THE SORROWS SPECIAL EDITION
The Bitterbynde Trilogy #2
This special, revised edition includes the author’s new introduction - in which she discusses the writing of the Bitterbynde trilogy - images of part of the original, handwritten manuscript and copies of some original notes and calculations created while the work was in progress.
“Though Imhrien’s memory is clouded by sorcery, she must take vital news to the King-Emperor of Caermelor. She hopes that there she may also find Thorn, the King’s Ranger, a beautiful warrior who has won her heart. Since no commoner may approach the royal court, Imrhien assumes a new identity as Rohain, a noble visitor from the distant Sorrow Isles.
She soon discovers that the King and his rangers have departed to battle the unseelie hordes which have declared war against mortalkind. Attacks by nightmare monsters of the Wild Hunt, led by wicked Lord Huon, grow ever more frequent and brutal. And when evil forces lay siege to the royal sanctuary on a hidden mystic island, Rohain is confronted with a horrifying discovery.
To protect those she loves, the Lady of the Sorrows must undertake a desperate quest to discover who she is and why an unhuman evil would wreak such destruction. But the truth of Rohain’s past will prove more incredible - and far more tragic - than any she could possibly have imagined.”
As the world discovered in The Ill-Made Mute, Dart-Thornton’s novels are complex tapestries of folklore, spectacular landscapes, arcane secrets, twisted plots, surprises, colourful characters and truly weird creatures. In this new novel, she again challenges readers with a brilliant, engrossing story that beguiles with every word. The Lady of the Sorrows fulfils every expectation - and more.
‘Rich in romance and driven by a compelling drama mystery, this is FANTASY AT ITS BEST.’
- DIRECTOR'S CLUB
‘In a word: ENCHANTING.’
- THE HERALD SUN
‘This is not a quick fantasy fix, it’s a rich and detailed journey of discovery . . . I’m immensely impressed by the author’s ability to weave her obviously extensive knowledge of MYTHIC LORE into the narrative . . . A GREAT READ.’
- GOOD READING
‘The Lady of the Sorrows comes to a MAGNIFICENTLY PARADOXICAL CONCLUSION.’
- LOCUS MAGAZINE
‘MS. DART-THORNTON HAS DONE IT AGAIN. It’s hard for even a seasoned writer to produce a satisfying sequel to a successful novel, but Ms. Dart-Thornton makes it look easy! Richly descriptive . . . the plot unfolds in a most satisfying manner, engaging the reader along the way with many unexpected twists and turns. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT.’
– FUTURE FICTION
The Lore of Eldritch Wights
• The high-tide mark is the boundary between the territories of land wights and sea wights.
• Although they can prevaricate and trick, wights cannot lie. By the same token, if you make a promise or give your word to a wight you are bound by gramarye to keep it.
• Household wights, best exemplified by bruneys (brownies), do not necessarily react adversely to the touch of cold iron. All others do. Trooping wights wear green coats and red caps, while Solitaries wear red coats.
• To steal a swanmaiden, take her cloak of feathers so that she cannot fly. To abduct a mermaid or merrow, take her comb. To kidnap a silkie (selkie), take his or her seal-skin, without which these wights cannot travel underwater. Be aware, it is unkind to do any of these things and you may be punished!
• Silkies will not harm you unless you harm them. If you do them a good turn they will return it to you.
• Most unseelie and seelie land wights cannot cross running water, especially if it flows south.
• An ‘awe band’ can be put on mortals to stop them telling what they have seen of wights.
• Giving wights a gift or verbal thanks means ‘goodbye’ to them ie, they have been paid, therefore their services are no longer required. Some wights take offence at being thanked in any form, and permanently withdraw their services out of sheer indignation. Therefore, thanking wights or the Faêran is taboo.