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The Lady of the Sorrows

(The Bitterbynde #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,680 ratings  ·  83 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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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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,
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
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
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
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
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Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine King
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
The cracks begin to show...

On the one hand, this book is a moderately satisfying sequel to the jewel-rich book "The Ill-Made Mute." The world is handsomely expanded, with new magics and perils, the prose remains gorgeous, our heroine meets with new challenges, friends, and enemies, intriguing hints are dropped about our heroine's past, and my personal favorite character from the first book returns. The narrative also finishes up with a wonderful retelling of the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this second instalment, Rohain has her voice back and also her face. She disguises herself and goes to court as Rohain of the Sorrow Isles so she can gain an audience with the King-Emperor. During this book her goals are to regain her memory and to hopefully see Thorn again, a kind warrior of the King-Emperor's who saved her and her companion in the first book.

Near the end of the book Rohain starts having memory flashes, introducing the reader to the world of the golden-haired race that has l
Nov 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I bought the first book in the bitter bind trilogy at a used book store, I enjoyed it enough to continue the story. However, I don't have a lot of time for reading when school is in session, so I bought the audio version. This highlighted some flaws in the writing style that I hadn't noticed when I had been reading. Ms. Thornton, while weaving an intriguing plot, could have cut out about a quarter to a third of her novel by reducing the verbiage. I like it when authors paint a picture for me, bu ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Complicated. I've read some of Dart-Thornton's other works,and this one rings true with the others. The plot is tricky, but foreshadows just enough to keep you proposing how it might work out. But be warned, if you intend to read any of her works, have a very good dictionary kept nearby at all times. Some of the passages, especially those used for setting up scenes, use lots of unfamiliar words. I liked it though. This wasn't one of those books I could just fly through, I had to stop and pick up ...more
Christine Treasure
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I think it's saying something that upon leaving the book in a different place than usual, it took me two/three months to conjure the effort to go find it and finish it. I will not be continuing with this series any longer, this book just destroyed all hopes I had of it picking up the further it went. I don't mind flowery language, however, this was far too much (worse even than the first book) and the plot (of what little there was) was lost. Along with the cringeworthy love interest, progressiv ...more
Jun 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
The interesting part of this novel is the telling of multiple stories within that connect to the main plot in some sense or another rather than simply explaining the method behind them. Dart-Thornton supplies character background via faerie tales from our world most of which are rather obscure though the Pied Piper may ring bells for some audiences. The Court intrigue aspect is a tad boring and the switching of names for the main character is slightly disturbing though her identity as Ashalind i ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
I just read the book "The Mysteries" and I find it very interesting that the myths from that book are found all throughout these books. Very coincidental reading on my part. It's because both authors used existing myths in their books. This book was very good. It actually dragged in the middle. For some reason there are long periods of inactivity by the main character in which the reader is stultified by long passages of description (over which I quickly skimmed). But in the last 3rd of the book ...more
Mar 11, 2010 marked it as to-read
Read the first book ages ago and came across this recently, will see if I remember the story.

Still reading but the story isn't really involving, perhaps it has been too long since reading the Ill Made Mute which I do recall having liked. The descriptions in the story are becoming tedious and remind me of when as a child,describing my own idealistic homes, the plates of gold and jewel encrusted goblets with swaths of silks on the walls. Well this takes that a hundred times further. In order to ge
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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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The Bitterbynde (3 books)
  • The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, #1)
  • The Battle of Evernight (The Bitterbynde, #3)
“The measure of happiness is merely the difference between expectations and outcomes. It is not concerned with what one possesses – it is concerned with how content one is with what one possesses.” 16 likes
“If you are the lantern, I am the flame;
If you are the lake, then I am the rain;
If you are the desert, I am the sea;
If you are the blossom, I am the bee;
If you are the fruit, then I am the core;
If you are the rock, then I am the ore;
If you are the ballad, I am the word;
If you are the sheath, then I am the sword.”
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