For those who take their romance tumultuous and doomed. Cleaving to the sensibility of the original, this love letter to Wuthering Heights is for fans of genuine Victorian Gothic. On the Yorkshire moors—like Northern Plateau, city-born Hammel visits his landlord, perpetually angry and sadistic Damek. A dog bite forces Hammel to stay overnight. In his room, the ghost of long-dead Lina appears in a mirror.
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A dangerous obsession. Lina is enchanting, vibrant but wilful. With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoilt and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession.
But times are changing. Vendetta is coming. And tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House. As in Wuthering Heights , the reader is introduced to the northern English moors through the perspective of a wealthy man from the south. The housekeeper, Anna, obliges him with her tale. It is here that the story truly begins. I felt Hammel to be nothing but the bread on either side of what is an otherwise meaty sandwich. Anna is a woman out of time.
Although a servant, she is the milk-sister and childhood companion of the royal-blooded Lina. Her account of the lives and relationship of Lina and Damek is peppered with poignant observations about life in the north, and the inequalities afforded to women. These men together decide the law of the land, and oversee the uniquely-northern phenomenon of vendetta:.
It begins with the murder of a man the murder of a woman is considered a crime against property, not against honour. The murderer must pay in two ways: with the Blood Tax, and with his life. Once the killer is slain, however, the avenger must in turn pay for his crime, the second murder sparking the third, and so on. Also in the north, witches are killed as babies… except Lina. Black Spring could be a fascinating and endlessly useful classroom resource — touching on themes of identity, power, place, as well as social rights and equality.
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I like the idea of the plot following Wuthering Heights. That is one of my most favorite books. Paranormals are my favorites!
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Perhaps Black Spring began when I was six years old and running over the bone-strewn turf of the Cornish moors with my sisters. I remember the boundless feeling of freedom: I loved the wind rushing over the bare hills, the granite tors that thrust out of the ground. The moors were my favourite place in the world then. Maybe a novel begins when you write the first words.
The Story of my Book: Black Spring by Alison Croggon
A dangerous obsession. Lina is enchanting, vibrant but wilful. With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoilt and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession. But times are changing. Vendetta is coming.
Black Spring A novel by Alison Croggon. 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.