“The opener of Dart-Thornton’s series proves a sweet surprise”

~ The Washington Post ~

“The Ill-Made Mute might well become one of the great fantasies.”

~ The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction ~

“Not since Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ have I been so impressed by a beautifully spun fantasy.”

~ Andre Norton, Grand Master of Science Fiction ~

Cecilia Dart-Thornton


Cecilia Dart-Thornton is the author of numerous bestselling fantasy novels, notably the Bitterbynde Trilogy. The Ill-Made Mute (her debut novel) and its two sequels in the Bitterbynde Trilogy went on to win fans and accolades across the globe.

The Ill-Made Mute was listed on Amazon’s Best, Locus Magazine’s Best First Novels, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top Twenty and the Australian Publishers’ Association ‘Australia’s Favourite Read’. It is published in five languages and distributed in more than fifty countries around the world.

In 2021 Cecilia served as a judge for the World Fantasy Awards.

The Bitterbynde Trilogy

The Ill-Made Mute

In her highly acclaimed debut novel, Dart-Thornton sweeps readers into a unique and intriguing fantasy world of extraordinary beauty and terrible danger.

The Lady of the Sorrows

The stakes are raised ever higher as the journey continues; an adventure teeming with fey creatures and packed with surprises and twists.

The Battle of Evernight

The Battle of Evernight

The secret that has been hunted for centuries is about to be revealed…


Fan mail will be forwarded to Cecilia if you send it via her Australian publishers:
Pan Macmillan Australia,
Level 4, 627 Chapel Street,
South Yarra, 3141

Contact her literary agent at
Sky Literary Management.

Or you can read Cecilia’s blog, or visit her on Facebook.
Due to work commitments, Cecilia cannot always respond personally to letters, but she tries to do so whenever possible.

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