Black Spring. By Alison Croggon. A fantasy reworking of Wuthering Heights which interweaves wizard lore and vendetta with Emily Bronte’s. Inspired by the gothic classic Wuthering Heights, this stunning new fantasy from the author of the Books of Pellinor is a fiercely romantic tale of betrayal. Black Spring. author: Alison Croggon. In a savage land sustained by wizardry and ruled by vendetta, Lina is the enchanting but willful daughter of a village lord.

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Anna spent her childhood with Damek and her volatile foster sister Lina, daughter of the Lord of the village.

Lina has magical powers, and in this brutal patriarchal society women with magical powers are put to death as babies. Their new guardian Masko sends Anna away and reduces Lina to the status of a servant. Damek—mad with love for Lina—attempts to murder Masko, then vanishes for several years.


I need to begin this review with a little bit of a confession. That was 12 years ago though and the very few bits of the book I can remember are as a result of watching the tv adaptation with Akison Hardy in it rather than from the book. He only narrates for the first 40 or so pages and then the story is taken over by Anna who along with Lina takes responsibility for akison the majority of the book.

Black Spring is not a book filled with likeable characters who appeal to the reader.

Book Review: Black Spring by Alison Croggon « Read Alert | State Library of Victoria

With the exception of Anna, and her mother, most of the characters are downright awful yet I found myself completely drawn into their world and wanting to know more about them and try to understand them. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.


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