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 and vengeance. In a savage land sustained by wizardry and ruled by vendetta, Lina is the enchanting but willful daughter of a village lord. She and her childhood companion, Damek, have grown up privileged and spoiled, and they’re devoted to each other to the point of obsession. But Lina’s violet eyes betray her for a witch, and witches are not tolerated in a brutally patriarchal society. Her rank protects her from persecution, but it cannot protect her from tragedy and heartbreak. An innocent visitor stands witness to the devastation that ensues as destructive longing unleashes Lina’s wrath, and with it her forbidden power. Whether drawn by the romantic, the magical, or the gothic, readers will be irresistibly compelled by the passion of this tragic tale.
Croggon (the Pellinor series) returns with an homage to Wuthering Heights, trading the English moors of the original for the remote northern wilds of Elbasa, a land of powerful wizards and strict rules concerning vendetta. In language and pitch, the pastiche is spot on: the mincing southern fop (Hammel, in Croggon's tale) and the pragmatic serving woman with hidden depths (Anna, standing in for Bront 's Nelly) are captured in detail and in general through their narrative voices. It's a fantasy setting, but Croggon maintains the north/south, high/low, and male/female class divisions Bront explores; Lina, born a witch, takes the place of Catherine, while "swarthy" Damek il Haran has his analogue in Heathcliff. The plot, in its essentials, is identical. And therein lies the potential rub: the story does not have its own inherent propulsion. The conflict is patterned, not driven it isn't discovering something new. Does it matter? In a tale as well written as this one, probably not. Devotees of Bront 's original work will still enjoy Croggon's amplification of the story's supernatural elements. Ages 14 up.
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I'm a fan of her Pellinor series, and tore through this in a couple of days. I wish she'd expand on this world; there are so many possibilities! 😃