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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This book has no such message rather focusing on the twisted love of Lina and Damek and their suffering. Book Reviewhistorical fictionspeculative fiction.

Her noble blood protects her to some extent, but her father has also fallen out of favour with the king. Lina, as Catherine, is no slouch in these matters blaci.

I follow this along for as long as it seems to last, and then I usually run out of ideas. Like the better sequels or re-tellings, Black Spring at least attempts to explore a fresh angle on the original material.

Book Review : Black Spring by Alison Croggon.

I loved how understanding the writer- in the books was and how she put her very own opinions in her writing, that were both so wise and made me feel different about how I thought completely. I could never quite get past the sheer unlikeability of the main characters, though.

Lina’s only real crime was to be born a woman, with powers and instincts that were thought to be proper to belong only to a man. Then about two chapters in, it struck me – this was the beginning of Wuthering Heights!

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The Story of my Book: Black Spring by Alison Croggon

alidon It’s not the type of book I usually enjoy, but I love Croggon’s writing so I picked it up even knowing it was going to be nothing like her Pellinor series. That’s the thing about Wuthering Heights, it’s about unfit authority figures, normalized violence, and cycles of abuse. It sprjng autumn, and the leaves were turning. For the sake of clarity I assume Croggon has eliminated a bunch of characters and simplified many others.

This wasn’t the only passage that could have been lifted directly from WH. For those who take their romance tumultuous and doomed.

She and Damek are both imprisoned in criggon roles.

More importantly, Anna presents a more favorable light in which to view Lina; she redeems Lina in small ways, if I may.

Damek is brought introduced in a different manner from Heathcliff- not a child off the streets, but as a charge to the lord from the King, whose mysterious beginning are the subject of gossip. And there things more or less stayed until I went to England, on a poetry reading tour I was awarded by Poetry Australia, in You need not have any acquaintance with Wuthering Heights to enjoy the story, but it is interesting at least to me to see how the author reworked it.

Aug 27, Pages Young Adult. There are some powerful passages. But this is not just a retelling with different names, the land that she creates is amazing and magical.


I don’t mean retelling literally. Overall it was a clever remake with a super clever fantasy environment, but its at-times slavish mimicry of its inspiration caused an otherwise exciting reimagination to fall flat. However I pressed on solely for my loathing of leaving books unread.

Just a warning to fans of the Pellinor series, thi I have to say that I was rather thrown by this novel. As for the vendetta element, it is completely useless.

See all books by Alison Croggon. And this imprisonment leads to madness.

Black Spring by Alison Croggon

His revenge no longer matters because the amount of danger he leaves her in is inhumane, and everything he is angry sprimg her for when he gets back no longer matters because even if he loves her he didn’t try to protect her from her rapist.

Simply rehashing what the original author did is absurd, because how are you going to measure up to Emily Bronte?

And the north is a land of strange, superstitious folk, with curious ways — such as the complicated law of vendetta. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At least then she would have been safe.