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Kate Forsyth

Autor(a) de Dragonclaw

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About the Author

She is an Australian author who is well known for her historical novel Bitter Greens, which won the Historical Fiction category on the American Literary Association 2015 Reading List. She is the author of several children's books including The Gypsy Crown, The Puzzle Ring, The Starthorn Tree, The mostrar mais Wildkin's Curse, The Starkin Crown, and Dragon Gold. She has also published two heroic fantasy series, The Witches of Eileanan and Rhiannon's Ride, the poetry collection Radiance, and the novel Full Fathom Five under her maiden name, Kate Humphrey. Her more recent books include Vasilisa the Wise and Tales of Other Brave Young Women, and The Silver Well, which won the 2017 Aurealis Award for the best Australian collection. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Kate Forsyth

Dragonclaw (1997) 1,014 exemplares
The Pool of Two Moons (1998) 691 exemplares
Bitter Greens (2012) 613 exemplares
The Cursed Towers (1999) 572 exemplares
The Forbidden Land (2000) 557 exemplares
The Tower of Ravens (2004) 556 exemplares
The Skull of the World (2001) 493 exemplares
The Fathomless Caves (2002) 482 exemplares
The Shining City (2006) 394 exemplares
The Heart of Stars (2006) 326 exemplares
Escape From Wolfhaven Castle (2015) 268 exemplares
The Wild Girl (2013) 263 exemplares
The Gypsy Crown (2006) 197 exemplares
Wolves of the Witchwood (2014) 174 exemplares
The Beast of Blackmoor Bog (2015) 167 exemplares
The Drowned Kingdom (2015) 164 exemplares
Battle of the Heroes (2015) 160 exemplares
The Starthorn Tree (2002) 119 exemplares
The Beast's Garden (2015) 85 exemplares
The Puzzle Ring (2009) 74 exemplares
The Silver Horse (2006) 68 exemplares
The Herb of Grace (2007) 54 exemplares
The Cat's Eye Shell (2007) 51 exemplares
The Lightning Bolt (2007) 49 exemplares
The Butterfly in Amber (2007) 48 exemplares
Beauty in Thorns (2017) 34 exemplares
The Wildkin's Curse (2010) 27 exemplares
The Crimson Thread (2022) 26 exemplares
The Blue Rose (2019) 19 exemplares
Full Fathom Five (2003) 19 exemplares
The Silver Well (2017) 15 exemplares
The Starkin Crown (2011) 15 exemplares
Dancing on knives (2014) 10 exemplares
Dragon Gold (2005) 8 exemplares
Wishing for trouble (2006) 6 exemplares
Grumpy Grandpa (2013) 3 exemplares
Sea Magic (2008) 3 exemplares
I am (2007) 3 exemplares
Battle of the Heroes 2 exemplares
The Eileanan 1 exemplar
Dragon Claw 1 exemplar
Alchemy (2022) 1 exemplar
Radiance (2004) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga (2019) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Fantastic Worlds (1999) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Relics, Wrecks and Ruins (2021) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Faerie Magazine, #26 Spring 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Locais de residência
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Macquarie University
Murrell, Belinda (sister)



Representation: N/A
Trigger warnings: Disappearance of a father, death of parents, near-death experiences, blood depiction, car crash
Note that I bought this book, and now I own it.
Score: Seven points out of ten.

A few months back, I bought this book at a second-hand market, but after, I forgot about it for a while; now, after reading a wild ride of a sci-fi YA book, I picked up this novel, cracked it open and read but honestly this was only an OK book; I enjoyed it I nitpick what I read most of the time, and I found issues which I'll get to later. Where do I begin? It starts with the main character Hannah Rose Brown, or Hannah for short, and she lives in Australia until she notices that she is a Lady who is part of some family dynasty thing, so she has to move to Scotland, which is thousands of kilometres away and stays there for most of the book.

That is where I discovered that when I look at the book objectively, I see several problems. Problem One: The first half is incredibly tedious to read (almost) 200 pages of nothing. Nothing except seeing Hannah live her new life, and it would've been better if she was more fleshed out, but the way the author wrote this part dragged the entirety of it down and therefore decreased my enjoyment of it. Problem Two: Then there's the time travel, and I will pick this apart here; for starters, the concept isn't even that original since the last book I read had the same notion, only this time, the book deals with it differently. So there's a puzzle ring in pieces. Hence the title. Hannah found them all for the sake of travelling back to 1567 in the time of Queen Mary, however... If Hannah can travel to that time, then how can she not travel to other years since the only restriction is that she can only time travel during particular days? Otherwise, she would be stuck there at that time.

Problem Three: The historical aspect is passable, however... The fantasy aspect is just lacking, and the book mentioned the Seelie and Unseelie courts, with the former liking order and the latter liking chaos, which somehow is connected to palindromes, so I guess that makes sense in a way with things such as 21/12 and the name Hannah being palindromic. What was the point of going to that time, other than to let Hannah be ungrateful for getting porridge and being rather outspoken and even defiant? The side characters were in the background, and I'm not sure why they're even there except for the plot's sake. Toward the end of the book, Hannah time-travels back to the present day, and she has this special Hag-Stone from before, which gives her special powers and essentially becomes the "Chosen One." But even with that, she still could not defeat the antagonist, so she got someone else to magically bind her to a mirror, dump it in a lake, and that's it. On a side note, the author's notes were a nice touch.
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Law_Books600 | 1 outra crítica | Nov 3, 2023 |
Braids together the tales of French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force, a young girl with burnished red hair named Margherita, and the witch who holds her captive. Bitter Greens is a historical fiction cum fairytale retelling of Rapunzel, and it is richly woven together with attention to detail and beautiful prose. I found it a little wearing after a while, but I don’t often have the patience for historical fiction. Either way, I truly enjoyed it and am glad to have read it.
lyrrael | 43 outras críticas | Aug 3, 2023 |
spiritedstardust | 43 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2022 |
Confusing as 3 stories in one, and enlightening history of France and the Gascony people 1500-1700. Tales of honey bees and bear.
daisyperry | 43 outras críticas | Nov 10, 2022 |



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