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The Ill-Made Mute 
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The Bitterbynde Trilogy: Book 1
By Cecilia Dart-Thornton (Author)

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The Stormriders land their winged stallions on the airy battlements of Isse Tower.Far below, the superstitious servants who dwell in the fortress's lower depths tell tales of wicked creatures inhabiting the world outside, a world they have only glimpsed.

Yet it is the least of the lowly - a mute, scarred, and utterly despised foundling - who dares to scale the Tower, sneak aboard a Windship, and then dive from the sky.

But the hearthside tales are all true! The unhuman wights are real in all their legions. They haunt every pool, every turn in the road, threatening and tormenting all travelers. A perilous journey begins...

'Not since Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings fell into my hands have I been so impressed by a beautifully spun fantasy. .. Many fantasies are compared to Tolkien these days but few really have the excellent writing and good characterisation that this work offers. This is far above the usual offering in the fantasy field and the reader is left longing for the adventures to continue’
Andre Norton, Grand Master of Science Fiction

‘Hobbit-fanciers will find much to delight them in The Ill-Made Mute’
The Times (UK)

‘Cecilia Dart-Thornton exhibits strong and authentic evidence of ­having visited some of the more exotic corners of Faerie . . . Crucially for readers, she proves she’s able to bring the unicorn back alive, netted in golden prose . . . The opener of Dart-Thornton’s series proves a sweet surprise’
The Washington Post
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Product Details
Series: The Bitterbynde Trilogy

Hardcover: 508 pages

Publisher: Leaves of Gold Press (1 Sep 2013)

: English

: 0987575406

ISBN-13: 978-0987575401

Product Dimensions
: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches (3.1 x 15 x 22.6 cm )

Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
Series: The Bitterbynde Trilogy

Paperback: 508 pages

: Leaves of Gold Press; paperback edition (April 10, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1925110532

ISBN-13: 978-1925110531

Product Dimensions
: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches (3.1 x 15 x 22.6 cm )

Shipping Weight
: 1.9 pounds
More About the Creators

> Visit Cecilia Dart-Thornton's website



Cecilia Dart-Thornton was discovered on the Internet. She had written the three books of the Bitterbynde Trilogy before she uploaded the first chapter to a Writers' Workshop.
Her work was spotted by an editor. Soon afterwards, Time Warner's publishing arm offered her a contract. They published her books in hardcover, the first time they had ever done so with a new author.
The Bitterbynde Trilogy hit the best-seller lists world-wide and has been translated into five languages.

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