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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I made a note in the book that this vendetta was worse than anything Shirley Jackson wrote in her stories! I had a whole week in which I could do whatever I liked, which is a rare luxury in my life. I’d advise saving your money and reading Wuthering Heights again Hammel recounts why he is visiting the Northern Plateau, and how he got there, and describes the world in which he lives.

The image here does not do the cover justice alisno in reality the eyes are a glossy lilac, providing a fittingly eery feel to the text. Their new guardian Masko sends Anna away and reduces Lina to the status of a servant.

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Jan 09, Nadine Jones rated it liked it Shelves: Even though I ended up really enjoying the struggles between Line and Damek I do wish Alison Croggon had brought more originality to her novel overall. It’s going to be bpack, I’m telling you right now.

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. But while I can appreciate this book intellectually, emotionally it didn’t resonate. Her worldbuilding is exceptional slring despite my beef with this book, I will read more of her work. Goodreads helps you keep track of books bladk want to read. I would just re-read Wuthering Heights. A single Vendetta can go on for years and years, even a century!


I picked up Black Spring, knowing absolutely nothing about it other than it blacm by an Aussie author and had a vaguely interesting premise about a girl born with ‘witch eyes’. The world this was set in was very interesting to say the least.

In truth, perhaps Ms Croggon points this out a wee bit too often. Trivia About Black Spring. The beauty of WH lies in the message of redemption as seen in the true love that grows at the end of the novel.

When a person was killed, the killer then had to be killed by said person’s closest male relative. One particular passage was so haunting. Part love story, part fairy tale, part revenge tale, it’s the kind of novel that one can never quite place in the natural scheme of literary things. Like Wuthering Heightsit’s a story within a story, featuring the brooding young Damek, who is swept along by his emotions.

The characters are its crowning glory. There are vendettas that steal the Black Spring managed to do something that I thought would have been impossible And, of course, my likeness for Anna trumps my annoyance at her at: But there it is. If you manage to get into this story, and do your best to forget the Wuthering Heights connection, it is a decent — if slightly weird and incomprehensible — Gothic fantasy with great characters.

Book Review : Black Spring by Alison Croggon.

I hate to compare, but Black Spring just did not come even come close. With all my soul, I wish I were.

I find that freedom in fantasy: This is one of those books where I thought, “Hey, that cover is crogggon. There is no happy ending.

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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. It’s about a law that exists in the North lands, where if one man of a family is killed by a man from another family all noble people are exemptthe nearest relative of the dead man must kill the murderer, and then akison opposite and nearest family crogyon must exact revenge against the latter, and the revenge goes on and on forever, until all family members of both families are dead.


This young corpse of a man was fated never blac, see sunlight again, almost like a vampire. She is a prize-winning poet and theatre critic, and has released seven collections of poems. Jul 25, Wandering Librarians rated it it was ok Shelves: Lina will always be a witch.

Now for the good. Like the better sequels or re-tellings, Black Spring at least attempts to explore a fresh angle on the original material. Unfortunately, it’s hard to side with her declaration of proud independence when she’s ignoring someone trying to get her to come along lest she be killed.

Jul 20, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: And so on until the town is full of graves and widows. Loved the narrative structure of the book and apison more I read, the more I was drawn to the gothic atmosphere, the d I really liked this book! I was completely fascinated by this whole system and it sparked a lot of creative thinking for me as a reader and writer.