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Black Spring

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  323 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, BLACK SPRING reimagines the passionate story in a fantasy 19th century society sustained by wizardry and the vengeance code of vendetta.

Anna spent her childhood with Damek and her volatile foster sister Lina, daughter of the Lord of the village. Lina has magical powers, and in this brutal patriarchal society women with magical...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Walker Books Australia
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well, it's about time. FINALLY a retelling of Wuthering Heights that

1) retains the integrity of the original material by being written in the same 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.

2) does not pretend that catherine and heathcliff were likable people kept apart by circumstances. they weren't. they were both selfish assholes whose romance destroyed everything around them whic...more
Emily May
I made a little collage for this book that I posted to instagram:

And is it just me or would my college make the perfect setting for a beautiful and grim Wuthering Heights retelling?

karen's review does this book justice more than I think I ever could so I'll leave you with these few snazzy pictures and a short note: This has to be the PERFECT way to do a 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...more
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. (I think I even want to throw “plagiarism!” somewhere here.)

At first, I thought I would love “Black Spring.” Although from the very beginning the atmosphere in Croggon’s retelling of “Wuthering Heights” was very similar to the original, the writing was so spectacular, I felt that the author’s additions of magic and vendetta to Emily Bro...more
Wandering Librarians
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. But Lina's life is filled with tragedy, and long after he death, a stranger to the village uncovers the whole sad story.

It was Wuthering Heights. And there really isn't much more to say. In Aliso...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
"If I am wrong," she said at last in a low voice," there is no right, either."

I love Wuthering Heights. 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 to 2013, flax start in 2014, I 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...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages Read: 26

Reason for DNFing:
When I hear about retellings, I'm interested, whether for a book I loved or no. I actually really enjoyed Wuthering Heights, and thought Wuthering Heights + paranormal could be seriously amazing.

Here's the thing: I don't mean retelling literally. I don't want the book to read like it has literally been rewritten, like a lazy student might copy a paper but change every sentence's verbiage to not get caught plagiarizing. The story is, so far as I can tell from the b...more
OH. MY. God. 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.
2.5 stars - Spoilers

-Wuthering Heights with less enthralling characters, less passion, and more of a YA vibe. Also, a wizard or two.

-The writing was dry and dull, especially all of Hammel's parts.

-There were too many boring info dumps.

-I wasn't a fan of most of the characters - Lina (Cathy) was more or less decent enough, but Damek (Heathcliffe) was awful. I didn't believe in the love or obsession between Damek/Lina at all - Lina did seem to genuinely love Damek, but I didn't buy Damek's feeling...more
I was sold on BLACK SPRING quite quickly. Emily Brontë's WUTHERING HEIGHTS updated with magic and Albanian vendetta culture, done by an acclaimed fantasy author? I'm not the biggest fan of WURTHERING HEIGHTS, but I can see how a blood feud and a bit of wizardry would punch it up.

Unfortunately, BLACK SPRING hews extremely close to its inspiration. The frame story is the same, only providing a bit of interest when visitor Hammel completely disregards maid Anna's tale at the end. Alison Croggon's b...more
This book scared me so deeply I put the book downwards so I couldn't see the face of the witch on the cover. I don't know if I can look at the front cover again- this book, whilst I was reading it, was far from scary and also, amazingly good with the simple, yet unique style of writing, yet the after taste of it is curious, and I am left in a confused state of what I just read. The story, for one, is so passionate and the love and death that bined together was so gothic and nourishing. The endin...more
Knowing this was a tribute to Wuthering Heights going in, I knew it was going to be dark, depressing, and tragic. And it was. It's not the type of book I usually enjoy, but I love Croggon's writing so I picked it up even knowing it was going to be nothing like her Pellinor series. And it wasn't.

Croggon succeeded at writing a beautifully dark tale of a young couple trapped in a harsh society with no place for either them, doomed by their passionate and rebellious natures. The setting is a histor...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
Oct 07, 2012 Cass - Words on Paper marked it as top-wishlist
Shelves: 2012-release, aussie
That synopsis seems way too telling. But anyway, imagine you're just doing your usual thing, walking around and peeking at what people around you are reading, as you do. And... BAM! This chick with the haunted expression, with the caged-in windswept hair and thick eye makeup is staring back at you! You take a mental note of the title and now you're here. Except this is not the story of how you got here, because this book isn't yet released.

Ahem. If you just read this I'm sorry for wasting your t...more
Emily Duncan
I just want to take this book everywhere with me and love on it and write in the margins and love it as much as I’ve loved my copy of Wuthering Heights because it literally took everything I love with the story I love most and combined it all in splendour.
So, first, forewarning, Wuthering Heights is one of the classics that everyone claims to have read but haven’t/or they read it once and hated it. (Protip, very few people like Wuthering Heights during their first read. It’s one of my favouri...more
I have to say that I was rather thrown by this novel. I'm a big fan of Alison Croggon's Pellinor series, so I naturally jumped at the chance to read another one of her novels. Not what I was expecting. At all. The Pellinor series is high fantasy and has a very richly developed world. I hate to compare, but Black Spring just did not come even come close. I'm not going to turn this review into a comparison of which book is better, so I'll move on. Just a warning to fans of the Pellinor series, thi...more
*** also published at The Next Read ***

I’m not a big one for re-tellings of the classics. Mostly, they seem to run the range between cliché and blatant plagiarism with a rare few stand-outs. Wuthering Heights, in all its Gothic splendour, happens to be one of my favourite classics, so it was with a great deal of apprehension that I started Alison Croggon’s fantasy twist on this tale – and it wasn’t exactly a brilliant beginning. The format of this YA title is pretty much exactly the same as the...more
Novels On The Run
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle - 16th November 2013 :


“There is luck in being born ordinary.”

Black Spring is inspired by Wuthering Heights. I have not read any of the classics, yes, I know that may be a tragedy in itself.

Alison’s story within, is of darkness, passion, twisted love, lust, betrayal and vendetta’s, told from three pov’s, Hammel, Anna and Lina’s . Hammel, is more of a narrator at the start.

The story is set in Elbasa, the Red House. These walls have seen a lot.

C.J. Listro (Sarcasm & Lemons)
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This is one of those books where I thought, "Hey, that cover is pretty. And look! It's a gothic romance! Based off of Wuthering Heights! That sounds neat!" Now let me tell you, my feelings about Wuthering Heights were: I enjoyed the story immensely even though I hated most of the characters. My experience was very similar with Black Spring. I wanted to wring Lina's spoiled little neck half the time, but the story itself was quite good--and would...more
Sajid Rabby
Mar 21, 2014 Sajid Rabby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sajid by: karen
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I really liked this book! I was really in the mood for reading gothic books after finishing Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, so I picked this one up!

First I had my doubts on whether I would like a re-telling of Wuthering Heights but any doubt faded away soon after starting this book. I loved the way it was written especially the way the eerie atmosphere was portrayed. Loved the narrative structure of the book and the more I read, the more I was drawn to the gothic atmosphere, the d...more
4.5 stars
In order to appreciate the beauty of this story, one has to appreciate Wuthering Heights. Alison Croggon does a brilliant job of using language that is eerily evocative of the original. But this is not just a retelling with different names, the land that she creates is amazing and magical. This is truly one of the best books of 2013. This book was sheer genius, but it takes a true appreciation of a novel that is not plot driven. It had its moments of intensity, but the strength of the n...more
Bec ♥ Live for the ones you love ♥
I really liked this book. Hauntingly beautiful comes to mind when describing this book. I haven't read the book Wuthering Heights but I've seen the 2009 version so I saw the similarities in this book and knew that it couldn't end well knowing it was inspired by such a dark story. I felt much the same as when I read When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, a modern version of Romeo and Juliet but from Rosaline's point of view, I knew it simply couldn't end well but I was helpless to stop it. Safe to...more
I was really disappointed by this book. I loved Croggon's "Pellinor" series (great world building, interesting plot, awesome characters), so I had high hopes for this book, and it paled in comparison to her previous works. I felt that the world building in this book was rather weak, and the addition of magic seemed half-hearted and unnecessary. There was no real explanation of the magic, and the story could have been essentially the same without it. As written, the magical aspect felt like it wa...more
Tamira Borecky
The Good:

1) Setting- This story was fantastic. It kept true to the original book as far as atmosphere and the moody feeling of the land.

2) Atmosphere- I could very much feel the despair and grief that clung to the inhabitants of land.

3) World Building- I loved it! Although, I didn't enjoy this book I would love to read other books written by her simply because of this fact.

4) Prose: I think that Croggon has a talent for words. Her writing was simply beautiful.

The Bad:

1) Characters- I wasn't real...more
I really enjoyed this book, it isn't a five star rating but it is definitely worth four stars in my eyes and considering I was very apprehensive about reading this book I am very happy with the outcome. I didn't read the back of this book properly until half way through and when I realised that it was a Wuthering Heights retelling it became so much better. Having read Wuthering Heights at the start of the year I think it was the perfect time to read this book and I felt that it made me appreciat...more
I have always been a lover of Wuthering Heights so I thought this would be right up my alley. The writing style, very formal and journal like, did remind me of the classic and it was well done. However, the story itself didn't do as much for me as I had hoped.

It starts with a noble, Hammel, traveling to the far and uncivilized north for a change of scenery. The story sort of begins here with him having a horrible run-in with his landlord. I was incredibly confused because the characters in the b...more
A grotesquely horrifying sad tale!!! I'm not sure how else to describe this book. Looking through the eyes of an outsider in the beginning, turning to another characters view who lived through most the story as she spins the tale for the outsider. This was such a departure from the authors other books, which is fine. I'm just not sure I like the book or want to forget I ever read the book. I want to give it 2 stars. However, since I am yet thinking about the story, both with fondness and with ab...more
Heidi Garrett
I really enjoyed the opening where Hammel goes to the wizard for a protection, so I was hoping for much more magic throughout. It's not that there is none, there's the wizardry and Lina's witchery, but Hammel doesn't respond to much of that, and despite his getting charms before the trip, it all felt inconsequential, and matter-of-fact. Which sounds very stupid of me to say, since it kind of drives the plot. So I'm not sure exactly why it didn't connect with me. Maybe because the magic didn't co...more
Misty Baker
***As posted on KindleObsessed blog***

NOTE: I did not finish this book - but try to explain why.

There is a saying at the top of my blog (a tag-line if you will) that states:

“Life’s too short for crappy books.”

This tag-line means different things to different readers. To me…it’s a statement. I believe life is too short for crappy books, therefore, I will trudge through them for you. Point out the less than worthy and rave about the precious gems. Others view it as more of a motto. “Yeah! Life IS...more
This imaginative, evocative reimagining of Wuthering Heights is marvellous. Atmospeheric and chilling, it gripped me with its bleak setting and passionate characters. Alison Crogon obviously adores the origional 'Wuthering Heights' as the emotion and love shines through every page but with a magical and stunning twist.
Apparently I love to torture myself because I hated having to read Wuthering Heights in school, so I really should have avoided this one. It was just as awful and maybe more so since it's a pretty close re-imagining of Emily Bronte's book. So, that's your first warning. If Wuthering Heights was not your thing, this definitely will not be either. Warning number two, I do not have a clue who the target audience is aside from E. Bronte enthusiasts. The characters are largely grownups, though the mi...more
Jul 08, 2012 Coffeecup marked it as to-read
Extremely excited for this to come out! Years ago after finishing the Pellinor series I kept waiting for something else from her. My worries about not having another book to read by Alison Croggon are now gone. Just four more months to go!

If you haven't read Pellinor, I highly recommend them.
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Born in 1962, Alison Croggon is one of a generation of Australian poets which emerged in the 1990s. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose.

Alison Croggon is the author of the young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. The first volume was nominated in two categories in the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction in December 2002 and nam...more
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