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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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Black Croggn by Alison Croggon. Inspired by the gothic classic Wuthering Heightsthis 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, a Inspired by the gothic classic Wuthering Heightsthis stunning new fantasy from crroggon author of the Books of Pellinor is a fiercely romantic tale of betrayal and vengeance.

Her rank protects her from persecution, but it cannot protect her from tragedy and heartbreak. Whether drawn by the romantic, the magical, or the gothic, readers will be irresistibly compelled by the passion of this tragic tale.

Hardcoverpages. Published August 27th by Candlewick Press first published October 1st To see what your slison thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cdoggon Springplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 26, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: FINALLY a retelling of Wuthering Heights that 1 retains the integrity of the original material by being written in the droggon general tone, style and atmosphere of Wuthering Heights without the author’s feeling it necessary to turn heathcliff into a rock star or some such nonsense.

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I made a little collage for this book that I posted to instagram: Aliison is it just me or would my college make the perfect setting for a beautiful and grim Wuthering Heights retelling? Especially for a book like Wuthering Heights, whose praises I have sung from the rooftops on a regular basis. It captures the wild be I made a little collage for this book that I posted to alsion It captures the wild beauty and grim darkness of the original novel, sticking quite close to the plot crogggon of WH but putting an insane fantasy spin on the old tale too.

The characters were so evil and twisted but, if you know the real WH and not the romanticized version that appears on TV now and then, then you’ll know how evil and twisted the characters actually are.

View all 10 comments. Jan 16, Tatiana rated it liked it Shelves: Now I know of a new way of messing up a retelling – an author can create a retelling of a story so close to the original, that it becomes just a poor copy of it. It has exactly the same mood! Finding out that Ms. Croggon’s writing another book nearly made me weep.

It’s going to be awesome, I’m telling you right now. View all 6 comments. When I hear about retellings, I’m interested, whether for a book I loved or no. I don’t mean retelling literally. I don’t want the book to read like it has literally crogon rewritten, like a lazy student might copy a paper but change every sentence’s verbiage to not get caught plagiarizing.


The story is, so sprkng as I can tell from the b Pages Read: She even keeps the frame story, which is alisson far the worst aspect of Wuthering Heights in my opinion, since it really doesn’t add much, and that guy, in both versions, is an exceedingly pompous, boring windbag.

Here, for example, is the first two sentences of the novel: My life there filled me with a weariness of disgust; I was tired of endless conversations in lamp-lit cafes with overeducated aesthetes like myself, tired of my apartment with its self-consciously tasteful artworks and its succession of witty visitors, of the endless jostling for status among the petty literati, the sniping envy and malicious gossip.

In comparison, Croggon’s writing feels stilted and like it’s trying too hard to emulate old-fashioned writing, as most modern attempts at using the diction and syntax of antiquated styles do.

I already loathe the writing, and, if I want to read the plot of Wuthering Heights, I’ll just go get it off my bookshelf and enjoy Bronte’s version.

If I want a retelling, I expect the author to xroggon their own unique flair to the table, their own style and a new vision of the characters that adds depth. Simply rehashing what the original author did is absurd, because how are you going to measure up to Emily Bronte? If that’s what you want to do, find a terrible, little-known book with a good concept and rewrite that.

View all 5 comments. Jan 09, Stuti Turmeric isn’t your friend. It will fly your ship rated it really liked it Shelves: I love Black Springs. I love moors and magic, and while I will always be a peninsula girl, I find it not in myself to reproach plateaus.

I love the world, there is so much love, I am radiating it. After a mediocre end toflax start inI have found my stride. Two fantastic, superb, will-give-my-one-pair-of-glasses-for-a-reread exciting books; books that I wasn’t too sure about. How “If I am wrong,” she said alkson last in a low voice,” there is no right, either.

How great is that? Great enough to turn me into sunshines and red slippers kind of person.

I’m looking at you and I’m radiating my love, like that girl from Ask the Passengers. As a retelling, it’s obvious and it maintains the integrity of the original.

Lina and Damek, the retold Cathy and Heathcliff, aren’t romanticized, they remain the charming and cruel persons of WH. On its own, though, excepting the sequence of the story- the major moments, the beginning and the end- it’s different, unique. For one, the story spreads out far beyond the two manors; it encompasses the village, the village crones and their superstitions, nobility and their cruelty, magic tribes, vendetta et cetra, et cetra, et cetra. All these elements of the story aren’t simply decorations; they work with the characters and the tale.

Except, I think, because of this, there was a loss in the feel of the place- the atmosphere of the plateau. For a moment here and there, Anna professes her love for the place, and describes what she sees, but it was not adequate enough for me. Lina was born with violet eyes, the daughter of a witch and a lord in disgrace in an oppressive land where female witches are left to wither and die at birth.


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.

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She’s more of a charismatic person, more feeling; of course, she’s cruel and selfish but she makes you feel for her selfishness. I, for one, was completely fallen for her. Because, damn, she’s powerful and she ain’t afraid to set you right if you believe otherwise.

Black Springs incorporates gender and class issues freely, and considering Anna Nelly part deux was a young woman who had grown up with Lina as a sister, her perspective as the narrator isn’t as skewed and old-fashioned, but more passionate.

And would you believe it, she admits to not knowing somethings! More importantly, Anna presents a more favorable light in which to view Lina; she redeems Lina in small ways, if I may.

She was like a thorn to which misfortune is bent into an espalier against a wall and which cannot but betray its spiky and unruly nature, no matter how sternly its growth is pruned and directed 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.

And, of course, my likeness for Anna trumps my annoyance at her at: I had always felt for Lina the compassion and love of a sister; now I felt the loyalty and indignation of our common sex.

I am too easy, I know. So this was a story of a savage land, story of a willful girl, story of a village where vendetta crawls in and leeches away and more, story of Anna; quite a lot.

But WH was about revenge and passion. I think it’s the former in which the scarcity is astute. All this, everything and more, it takes too much of the tale, plus the lack of a Hareton and Edgar’s sister, the revenge gives way to suffering and magic.

Which by no means is a bad addition, but the improvisations and means to exact retribution were flax, methinks. If not flax, then the emotion behind it didn’t come across well enough for me, a bit hurried.

I should also make clear that I’m talking about Lina’s family side of things- her husband, daughter etc. I wish it weren’t so rushed through. Because here, the story ends with Damek and Lina, together, not the legacy of destruction and retribution they leave behind. After Lina’s death, it appears the story is hastening madly towards Damek’s death, to be done with itself. Another caveat was the presence, actually more like absence, of Kush, the Joseph we know and hate: That was slightly embarrassing.

I was fairly ambivalent for a while but Oh, mama mia, mama mia! Platitudes of gratitude to Candlewick Press!!! View all 7 comments. Jul 25, Wandering Librarians rated it it was ok Shelves: Lina is the daughter of a village lord.

She has grown up with her companion, Damek, and they are inseparable, devoted to each other in a way no one understands. Lina is a witch, and although wizards are revered and respected, withes are put to death.

Only Lina’s status as a lord’s daughter protects her.


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