Black Spring by Alison Croggon

Black Spring

Written by Alison Croggon

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A stylish, elegantly written story, Black Spring is dark in tone and full of dread and foreboding but with a passionate love story at its heart. Its narrator travels to the Northern Plateau, a grim place ruled by wizards and seeped in hatred and vengeance. Here he comes across Lina, a witch with strong powers but not strong enough to withstand the absolute love she feels for Damek, a brooding presence who obsesses her completely. The blending together of so many forces makes a gripping story by the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor.


Black Spring by Alison Croggon

This is a fantasy reworking of Wuthering Heights which interweaves wizard lore and vendetta with Emily Bronte's beloved classic. Black Spring takes the passionate story of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and re-imagines it in a fantasy nineteenth-century society set in savage lands sustained by wizardry, where its people live by the vengeance code of vendetta. Like Wuthering Heights , it's a story within a story, featuring the brooding young Damek, who is swept along by his emotions. The object of his affections is Lina, daughter of the village lord, whose magical powers make her a witch - and witches are not tolerated in this brutally patriarchal society. When Lina is sent away and forced to become a servant, Damek promises revenge and, like Heathcliff, spends a lifetime securing and refining it. This book has strong crossover potential and will appeal as much to adult fans of sophisticated fantasy and the Brontes as to teen fantasy readers. This is a beautifully written and unique take on Wuthering Heights which mixes wizard lore and the Armenian vendetta tradition with the epic romance of the original classic.


Black Spring is a powerful Gothic fantasy which can be enjoyed whether you have or haven't read Wuthering Heights...The characters are its crowning glory. Book Angel Booktopia Anyone who can turn my most hated read into an excellent enjoyable book is definitely an author to be explored further Serendipity Reviews An impressive modern retelling which captures something of the language, drama, madness, tortured love and agony of the original. Well worth reading My Favourite Books I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of a passionate gothic fantasy Big Book Little Book It is a re-imagining and, for me, a very successful one that is not only likely to encourage teen readers to investigate Wuthering Heights for themselves, but also prepares them for some of the difficulties they may face in doing so Thoughts from the Hearthfire A stylish, elegantly written story -- Julia Eccleshare Atmospheric throughout, and gripping til the end, with a tension that never abates, Black Spring is a lyrical masterpiece; a beautiful piece of literature that evokes as many emotions as the flawed, incredibly human characters it pays homage to throughout. ArtsHub UK The book is a brilliant gothic fantasy all on its own but it gains in complexity and depth through its relationship to its source text Oxford Erin Like the story that inspired it, this is a story of passion, violence and love that destroys, not heals, but with a fantasy twist Victoria Writes If you enjoyed the original and like fantasy, or if you want to read a dark tale of despair, then Black Spring will be perfect My Book Journey It's a such a clever retelling - all the crucial basic plot elements of Wuthering Heights are here, with characters appearing in similar guises, but what I think is really amazing is the way Alison Croggon captures the atmosphere of the original book, including all the savagery and violence, and its dissection of the concept of revenge Katy Moran I would recommend it to all my friends, as it is flawless in style, character and plot. -- Alisa Matyunina Teen Titles

About the Author

Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon is the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor, a high fantasy quartet which consists of The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing. Alison is also an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around Australia.

Alison Croggon writes...

As a child

I was born in South Africa, because my father was working there as a mining engineer. He moved the family to his native Cornwall when I was four years old, and then to Australia when I was seven. As a result, I spent most of my childhood being confused. This is probably why reading The Lord of the Rings, at ten, was such a turning-point in my life. But then, I always liked making things up.

As an adult

When I left school, I became a cadet journalist on a daily newspaper in Melbourne. I resigned after five years, in order to spend more time writing, and have written more or less full-time ever since. I had a brief period of notoriety as a theatre critic, during which I made a spot on Sixty Minutes, but otherwise I live a quiet and blameless life, in a seaside suburb of Melbourne. I am happiest when I am working hard on something new. I have three children, who are all very excited that I am writing fantasy novels, and am married to the playwright, Daniel Keene.

As an artist

I have published several books of poetry. My poetry has won, or been nominated for, numerous awards and has been published internationally, in many journals. I have written extensively for the theatre, including two operas and several plays, which have been produced all over Australia. I am also a critic and literary editor. I started writing fantasy in 1999, and The Gift was nominated for two Aurealis awards in 2002.

Things you didn't know about Alison Croggon

I hate swimming and was always chosen last for teams in schools sports. I like Swiss chocolate. I love playing Nintendo. I like big dogs but own a Chihuahua. One of my three cats has only three legs. I love coffee and think I was born to sit in cafes. I have a Dalmatian dressing gown (white with black spots), which makes my children laugh. I cannot ride a bike, but can ride a horse. I am a very bad gardener, but love gardens. I have been to Iceland and eaten dried fish that tasted like cardboard.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 14


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd January 2013




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