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The Lady of the Sorrows

(The Bitterbynde #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,801 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Returning to the magical Bitterbynde world, the maiden Rohain is no longer deformed or mute. Yet her dreams of happiness are short-lived when the Unseelie hordes declare war on humankind--and Rohain is the real target of the Wild Hunt. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Aspect (first published April 24th 2002)
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Nuno R. From my recollection, there is nothing even slightly explicit. It is, however, a very romantic tale.

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Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I'm giving up on this series. I wanted to re-read it because I loved it a lot the first two times I read it (when I was still in my fantasy stage of reading), and I needed to read something that didn't require any thought, but wow, it's boring.

The author seems to think that writing in a deadpan, old-fashioned style studded liberally with uncommon words makes for beautiful prose. I beg to differ. She also spends inordinate amounts of time describing food, clothing, furniture, banquets and other s
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
The writer of this book is definitely talented, but was too enamored of her own powers of description for my taste. Many of the descriptive passages were beautifully poetic, but I often found myself admiring her turns of phrase while wanting her to get on with the story already! Yes, Cecilia, you're a poet and you know it, but did you really have to bring the story to a halt while you spent a whole page on exactly how the light fell on a pool of water, or listed all 263 tools in a character's wo ...more
Aaron Carson
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series utterly blew me away. I was already impressed with the first volume, but Thornton, takes us into a completely different context and setting in her second book, and manages to keep the same level of complexity and atmosphere. I actually think this book was more of a challenge to create the atmosphere. Being predominantly in an enchanted wood, the first book was already predisposed to be enchanting, but the second book takes place almost entirely around the complexities of court politi ...more
May 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what happened here. It's like her writing suddenly got really bad, because I don't remember the first book being like this. The writing was so trite, filled to bursting with metaphors and rambling lists, insipid dialogue...argh. I do want to finish the trilogy because the story at least is still interesting, but this book has got to win a purple prose award of some kind. It actually reminds me of the things I don't like about Tolkien: way too much scenery porn, overly flowery dialog ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes fantasy and Irish-type fairy tales
Shelves: fantasy
The second book in a trilogy, The Lady of the Sorrows sets an even faster pace than An Ill-Made Mute. Some quests and questions from the first book are resolved, and at the end of the book both the reader and the character finally has a complete understanding of the beginning of the trilogy. :~D Several throwaway references have gained a deeper meaning by now, and the ending promises a truly exiting finale.

There's also a very sweet romance, oodles of action, and several pieces of witty dialogue.
c a t h e y
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I really enjoyed The Lady of the Sorrows. The story got a lot better towards the end - the storyline actually moved somewhere. The author was under the impression that using long and mostly unused words and listing huge paragraphs of what someone was wearing, or the food that was being served etc. contributed to the story. Well, suffice to say, it didn't. I found myself skimming over whole paragraphs, just to get to the actual story.

I did like the references to mythology, and the legend
Lucy Werner
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: awesome-books
Gripping, the story gets better. Very cleverly written and I'm straight onto the next one now :) great series
Nuno R.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _fiction
At this point, it's impossible to stop reading.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read book 1 and was curious enough to start book 2 so I could find out who the main character was. Unfortunately, I just couldn't finish. The writing is so bogged down with random and unimportant details that it just become exhausting to continue. Additionally, the writer really loves commas!

Here's an example:
"All over Erith, in hovels and bothies, in cottages and crofts, in cottages, marketplaces, smithies, and workshops, in barracks, taverns, malt-houses, and inns, in manor house, stately h
Jul 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
(This is a joint review for the entire trilogy. No spoilers)

So, the first book in the trilogy is titled The Ill-Made Mute. I highly recommend it. Now, a large part of the book is very hard to wade through. I would not be surprised if this woman had earned a doctorate in pre-Industrial Celtic and Anglo-Saxon folk tales and legends. She incorporates almost every known folk tale from these cultures as a bona-fide part of her world. The Great Hunt rides at night, seelie and un-seelie wights await a
Grace T
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars, rounding up.

Some little things bugged me about the writing--the multiplicity of aliases this main character goes through, her obsession with Thorne (which was over the top enough to bug me despite my normal enjoyment of romance subplots), Thorne's true identity, the unnecessary fashion descriptions, the hodge-podge way of chucking in every British/Celtic folk story the author thought of, the practically straight regurgitation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin (though I did appreciate how
Cheri Luyt
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rita C
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Another story with way too many words wasted on descriptions and characters telling horror stories of the fae. Another story ending with a cliffhanger. This trilogy could probably have been condensed into a single story with some decent editing.
Another weird thing - in the first story the heroine is somehow wise and makes smart choices. In this story she keeps making stupid choices. It’s like her whole character was changed when she got her face and her voice back. I wish I had known this was a
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I'm having a love/hate relationship with this series.

On the one hand, it's a good story with interesting stuff happening.

On the other hand, OMG WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE GET THIS WOMAN AN EDITOR?! Seriously, if she can use 7 words to describe something instead of one? She will use NINE just in case. On both of the books I've read so far I have had to adopt a "skimming" style of reading just to get through the overabundance of verbiage.

Every time I'm on the verge of putting the book down, though, some
Nancy White
Wow, this one had some wild twists and turns in it! I really enjoyed this novel. It's a great fantasy romp through an interesting world, it continues an intriguing tale from the first novel and WOW does it through some curveballs. The big reveal of who Rohain really is, that comes at the end of the novel, was just so unexpected and such an interesting story. I started reading the third book straight away because I just need to know what happens. Although one thing I will say: this series is so P ...more
Marie Winger
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
The second in the Bitterbynde trilogy this was a little better than the first. Halfway through it was like someone else wrote the book. Much tighter, less of the endless descriptive lists. I think maybe she got a new editor. Why they didn't go back and redo the first half I can't fathom. Anyway most of this volume was a lot of wandering around having adventures or not. But we do finally get the main characters story. She has about 4 different named throughout the series so I'm not sure what to c ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I would have liked this book more if it was 200 pages worth of description shorter. I think this one is worse than the first. The writing is overly flowery and filled with lists of descriptions that become hard to wade through. The middle lagged a lot and I thought I might give up. But overall the story is pretty good and has some interesting parts that can really hold your attention if you can make it through everything else. I'm debating whether to read the third. Maybe after a really long bre ...more
Mat Francis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars
I really enjoy the storyline and it's what's keeping me going with the series, I just wish there was more push for the story itself to build instead of every minute detail of just about everything that doesn't really matter. Yes there's a call for building up the world in novels, but to have to go nearly a page or 2 full on just describing one room with all it's decorative's and colours. It gets tedious at times trying to push past the over-descriptive parts, but if you get past them,
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed following our heroine through a completely different challenge in this book. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the first book more, but found myself more connected to the characters in this one. Loved it!
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Overly wordy even by Dart-Thornton's standards, and takes a good while to get going. This is very much a "middle" book, and frustratingly lacking the characters we grew to know in the first book. It does, however, fill in a lot of backstory and therefore set up well for the final instalment.
Sappho Sue
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Too much exposition, but plot is good, and the English mythology is well represented
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As with the previous book in the series, the story became much more interesting about two-thirds of the way in.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Much better than book one, I enjoyed the fairy tales and myth interwoven into the story
Marsha Valance
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Rohaine, newly restored to her beauty and memories, quests for the sleeping Faerie king, who alone can restore a land devastated by a millenium of unconstrained magic.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-of-2020
I really enjoyed this book!! So curious to see how it will end! can’t wait to read the third one soon 😊
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like it.
Pete Smithies
This author should write for a fashion magazine. She is the Queen of description. Every change of costume has to be meticulously listed.... in fact, everything has to be listed... not just fashion.
I think the narrative would be less listless if it was more list-less.
I will finish the series, because I am wired that way, but to be honest, this has not yet hit the spot that was promised. I hope the last in the series is more satisfying.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: this review contains spoilers for the first book, The Ill-Made Mute.

Wow, what a difference one book makes! This second part of the Bitterbynde trilogy is a much better effort than the often rather wordy and plodding first part. Where in book one the prose was frequently needlessly complicated and frustratingly obtuse, in this book the language is rich and powerfully evocative. It is still complicated, but the author seems to have found her voice and come into her stride, and I found thi
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
maybe it was just me; at the moment, patience isn't my best thing. i'll get the third in this trilogy, and the first in the next, anyway. i sort of can't not, given her subject matter. but i'm not nearly as enchanted at this point.

maybe it's because the heroine isn't very interesting at this point. okay, why? she loses a lot of color, and a lot of value, to me. gets her face fixed up (bigger priority than the people she says she cares about), and lies to upgrade her social status and then hobnob
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Cecilia Dart-Thornton was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.

She became a schoolteacher before working as an editor, bookseller, illustrator and book designer.

She started and ran her own business, but became a full-time writer in 2000 after her work was 'discovered' on the Internet and published by Time Warner (New

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