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Kate Forsyth

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About the Author

She is an Australian author who is well known for her historical novel Bitter Greens, which won the Historical Fiction category on the American Literary Association 2015 Reading List. She is the author of several children's books including The Gypsy Crown, The Puzzle Ring, The Starthorn Tree, The näytä lisää Wildkin's Curse, The Starkin Crown, and Dragon Gold. She has also published two heroic fantasy series, The Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon's Ride, the poetry collection Radiance, and the novel Full Fathom Five under her maiden name, Kate Humphrey. Her more recent books include Vasilisa the Wise and Tales of Other Brave Young Women, and The Silver Well, which won the 2017 Aurealis Award for the best Australian collection. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Dragonclaw (1997) 1,015 kappaletta
The Pool of Two Moons (1998) 693 kappaletta
Bitter Greens (2012) 612 kappaletta
The Cursed Towers (1999) 574 kappaletta
The Forbidden Land (2000) 559 kappaletta
The Tower of Ravens (2004) 554 kappaletta
The Skull of the World (2001) 495 kappaletta
The Fathomless Caves (2002) 484 kappaletta
The Shining City (2006) 394 kappaletta
The Heart of Stars (2006) 326 kappaletta
Escape From Wolfhaven Castle (2015) 269 kappaletta
The Wild Girl (2013) 264 kappaletta
The Gypsy Crown (2006) 197 kappaletta
Wolves of the Witchwood (2014) 175 kappaletta
The Beast of Blackmoor Bog (2015) 168 kappaletta
The Drowned Kingdom (2015) 165 kappaletta
Battle of the Heroes (2015) 161 kappaletta
The Starthorn Tree (2002) 119 kappaletta
The Beast's Garden (2015) 86 kappaletta
The Puzzle Ring (2009) 74 kappaletta
The Silver Horse (2006) 68 kappaletta
The Herb of Grace (2007) 54 kappaletta
The Cat's Eye Shell (2007) 51 kappaletta
The Lightning Bolt (2007) 49 kappaletta
The Butterfly in Amber (2007) 48 kappaletta
Beauty in Thorns (2017) 34 kappaletta
The Wildkin's Curse (2010) 27 kappaletta
The Crimson Thread (2022) 26 kappaletta
The Blue Rose (2019) 19 kappaletta
Full Fathom Five (2003) 19 kappaletta
The Silver Well (2017) 15 kappaletta
The Starkin Crown (2011) 15 kappaletta
Dancing on knives (2014) 10 kappaletta
Dragon Gold (2005) 8 kappaletta
Wishing for trouble (2006) 6 kappaletta
Grumpy Grandpa (2013) 3 kappaletta
Sea Magic (2008) 3 kappaletta
I am (2007) 3 kappaletta
Battle of the Heroes 2 kappaletta
The Eileanan 1 kappale
Dragon Claw 1 kappale
Alchemy (2022) 1 kappale
Radiance (2004) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga (2019) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Fantastic Worlds (1999) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Relics, Wrecks and Ruins (2021) — Avustaja — 7 kappaletta
Faerie Magazine, #26 Spring 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta

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Representation: N/A
Trigger warnings: Disappearance of a father, death of parents, near-death experiences, blood depiction, car crash
Note that I bought this book, and now I own it.
Score: Seven points out of ten.

A few months back, I bought this book at a second-hand market, but after, I forgot about it for a while; now, after reading a wild ride of a sci-fi YA book, I picked up this novel, cracked it open and read but honestly this was only an OK book; I enjoyed it I nitpick what I read most of the time, and I found issues which I'll get to later. Where do I begin? It starts with the main character Hannah Rose Brown, or Hannah for short, and she lives in Australia until she notices that she is a Lady who is part of some family dynasty thing, so she has to move to Scotland, which is thousands of kilometres away and stays there for most of the book.

That is where I discovered that when I look at the book objectively, I see several problems. Problem One: The first half is incredibly tedious to read (almost) 200 pages of nothing. Nothing except seeing Hannah live her new life, and it would've been better if she was more fleshed out, but the way the author wrote this part dragged the entirety of it down and therefore decreased my enjoyment of it. Problem Two: Then there's the time travel, and I will pick this apart here; for starters, the concept isn't even that original since the last book I read had the same notion, only this time, the book deals with it differently. So there's a puzzle ring in pieces. Hence the title. Hannah found them all for the sake of travelling back to 1567 in the time of Queen Mary, however... If Hannah can travel to that time, then how can she not travel to other years since the only restriction is that she can only time travel during particular days? Otherwise, she would be stuck there at that time.

Problem Three: The historical aspect is passable, however... The fantasy aspect is just lacking, and the book mentioned the Seelie and Unseelie courts, with the former liking order and the latter liking chaos, which somehow is connected to palindromes, so I guess that makes sense in a way with things such as 21/12 and the name Hannah being palindromic. What was the point of going to that time, other than to let Hannah be ungrateful for getting porridge and being rather outspoken and even defiant? The side characters were in the background, and I'm not sure why they're even there except for the plot's sake. Toward the end of the book, Hannah time-travels back to the present day, and she has this special Hag-Stone from before, which gives her special powers and essentially becomes the "Chosen One." But even with that, she still could not defeat the antagonist, so she got someone else to magically bind her to a mirror, dump it in a lake, and that's it. On a side note, the author's notes were a nice touch.
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Law_Books600 | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 3, 2023 |
Braids together the tales of French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force, a young girl with burnished red hair named Margherita, and the witch who holds her captive. Bitter Greens is a historical fiction cum fairytale retelling of Rapunzel, and it is richly woven together with attention to detail and beautiful prose. I found it a little wearing after a while, but I don’t often have the patience for historical fiction. Either way, I truly enjoyed it and am glad to have read it.
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lyrrael | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 3, 2023 |
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spiritedstardust | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 29, 2022 |
Confusing as 3 stories in one, and enlightening history of France and the Gascony people 1500-1700. Tales of honey bees and bear.
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daisyperry | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 10, 2022 |



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