Bloganuary – Day 21

Who is your favourite author and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series found their way into our home and hearts when our girls were in high school. I had never read them before and, as the books moved from hand to hand and room to room, they became dogeared and much loved by all.

When Shelley (daughter No 2) asked me to buy her another fantasy book to read – she’d asked for something that may become as beloved as Tolkien’s (yeah, I know how that sounds) – I stumbled across a pleasant surprise standing in the book section of a department store.

For sure it was the cover that caught my eye but then I read the following review/opinion right on the front cover:

“Not since Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ have I been so impressed by a beautifully spun fantasy.”


Well, I didn’t need to read (or peruse) any further so I purchased the book and took it home and gave it to Shelley.

Unfortunately, she found it difficult to ‘get into’.

Not willing to waste the cost of the book, I decided that if I’d paid for it, then someone was going to read it, and although I too found it difficult and confusing to understand, I persisted – and persisted. I think I read the first page two or three times and perhaps the first chapter more than once (or twice) and eventually told to myself to “Just keep going!”.

Which I did, and I’m so pleased I didn’t give up on the story.

What was the book?

The Ill-Made Mute, the first novel in the Bitterbynde trilogy by Cecilia Dart-Thornton, and it found its way into my heart as a much-beloved novel – as did the following two volumes.

I love this book.
(And the whole series.)

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This is the series I was thinking about back on Bloganuary Day 10 when I said ‘I’ve also devoured a book that held a gripping tale and then all but fallen over myself to get to the bookstore to purchase the next instalment.’

When I finished reading this first book, I told Shelley to persist, to just keep going because around the fourth chapter, something happens in the story that changes your perception of what you’re reading and it will make you want to keep turning the pages.

She persisted and agreed with my assumption.

She also went on to love the story as much as I did.

Actually, all my girls have read the Bitterbynde trilogy, and all of them loved it.

I know it’s not for everyone, but I’ve read it several times now and I know this sounds like I’m just talking about my favourite book when I was asked to talk about my favourite author.

But hang in there. I am getting to my point.

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JRR Tolkien’s works were my first delve into the fantasy genre but Cecilia Dart-Thornton’s Bitterbynde trilogy had me falling in love with using a book as a teleportation device.

Who would have guessed a book could transport you to another world, another place and time, with strange lands, peoples and customs? (Ok, that was tongue in cheek.)

I can’t get enough of that specific teleportation thrill that comes with reading fantasy and have read so many wonderful tales that I can’t identify one author as my favourite.

So, I’ll share some of my favourite authors:

Neil Gaiman, Sarah Douglas, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Juliette Marillier, Diana Gabaldon.

That’s just a few. My list really is a very long one but I thank J.R.R. Tolkien and Cecilia Dart-Thornton for setting me off on this fantastical journey.

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Read more about Bloganuary here.

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

12 thoughts

    1. I loved reading the Ill-Made Mute, and I do recommend it. Poke your nose in, Nancy, you never know what you might get out of it. (But you do have to read all three in the series.)

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  1. I saw this trilogy at the secondhand bookshop the other day. I passed over it as there were other authors that I knew more about and had higher on my list. Sounds like I should go back and get them. Thanks for the tip.
    In case you’re looking for another author to add to your favourites.. have you tried Janny Wurts? Her Wars of Light and Shadow series is a masterpiece. And the final volume is close to being handed in to the publisher.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation Nic. I’ll add Janny to my list of books to read. I did say the Bitterbynde trilogy isn’t for everyone, but I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding the story 😊 (I did read these books more than 20 years ago and I know my ‘taste’ has matured a lot since then.)


  2. I KNEW you were talking about the Ill-Made mute in Day 10’s blog!

    This series was so good. I remeberd absolutely howling when I finished the final book 😭😭😭

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