cecilia dart thornton

Tee The Quoter | Tee’s May Book Challenge | Day 7

Favourite Character Description:

The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

I love the writing style of The Bitterbynde Series the descriptions are incredible. I don’t think I could pick a single favourite description but there are definitely some amazing characters in this book.


The Bitterbynde trilogy by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

In a world where there is no boundary between the lands of men and those of creatures from legend, a child awakens – disfigured, disoriented, and utterly unaware of who she is or how she came to be wandering the dangerous landscape. Fortunately, an old female servant takes her in and protects her from the rough treatment of others who have no pity for those who are different. As she grows, the foundling girl finds friends in this strange land, and together, they set out to find the three things she longs to know most: her name, her past, and her future.



[fron-des-uh ns] 

1. the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, or the like.

2. leafage; foliage.

Frondescence derives from the New Latin noun frondescentia, a derivative of frondescent-, the present participle stem of frondescēns “becoming leafy,” from the inchoative verb frondescere “to become leafy, put forth leaves,” a derivative of frondēre “to have leaves.”

“… they continued their journey under the frondescence of the mountain forests.”
- Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute, 2001

Tapthartharath - Battle of Evernight

Chapter-heading poem in Cecilia Dart-Thornton’s ‘The Battle of Evernight’.

Red Taptharthar: magma’s pumping
Through below-ground veins, where jumping
Pressure points like hearts are thumping,
Setting mighty boulders bumping.
Up past thinner crusts they’re humping,
Pushing past to swell the tumps. Stings
Of lapilli rain in lumps; rings
Opening in lava sumps bring
Boiling vomit for the dump, fling
Rock bombs high, to fall down crumping
And the slow morasses slumping;
Creeping ooze congealing, plumping.
Flames for trees, rock-melt for lakes–
Red Taptharthar burns and quakes.

-Namarran bardic chant

Challenge 1: Make a note of every book you read

Robin Hobb

  • Assassin’s Apprentice
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest
  • The Inheritance
  • Ship of Magic
  • The Mad Ship
  • Ship of Destiny

Cecilia Dart-Thornton

  • The Ill-made Mute
  • The Lady of the Sorrows
  • The Battle of Evernight

Brandon Sanderson

  • The Emperor’s Soul
  • The Alloy of Law

Brent Weeks

  • The Way of Shadows

Garth Nix

  • Sabriel
Word of the Day: Bosky

bosky \BOS-kee\, adjective:

1. covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody.
2. shady.

It was cradled in the bosky foothills of the coastal ranges.
– Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Well of Tears, 2005

It stood in a hollow of a bosky park, crowded to a degree that surprised and even displeased me, with huge timber and dense shrubberies of laurel and rhododendron.
– Robert Louis Stevenson, South Sea Tales, 1893

Bosky comes from the Middle English word bosk which referred to a bush.