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Kate Forsyth

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Kate Forsyth, Kate Forsyth, Kate Humphrey

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Værker af Kate Forsyth

Dragonclaw (1997) 1,029 eksemplarer
The Pool of Two Moons (1998) 703 eksemplarer
Bitter Greens (2012) 623 eksemplarer
The Cursed Towers (1999) 583 eksemplarer
The Forbidden Land (2000) 569 eksemplarer
The Tower of Ravens (2004) 560 eksemplarer
The Skull of the World (2001) 504 eksemplarer
The Fathomless Caves (2002) 491 eksemplarer
The Shining City (2006) 399 eksemplarer
The Heart of Stars (2006) 331 eksemplarer
Escape From Wolfhaven Castle (2015) 293 eksemplarer
The Wild Girl (2013) 269 eksemplarer
The Gypsy Crown (2006) 204 eksemplarer
Wolves of the Witchwood (2014) 190 eksemplarer
The Beast of Blackmoor Bog (2015) 180 eksemplarer
The Drowned Kingdom (2015) 179 eksemplarer
Battle of the Heroes (2015) 173 eksemplarer
The Starthorn Tree (2002) 120 eksemplarer
The Beast's Garden (2015) 86 eksemplarer
The Puzzle Ring (2009) 76 eksemplarer
The Silver Horse (2006) 70 eksemplarer
The Herb of Grace (2007) 55 eksemplarer
The Cat's Eye Shell (2007) 51 eksemplarer
The Lightning Bolt (2007) 50 eksemplarer
The Butterfly in Amber (2007) 49 eksemplarer
Beauty in Thorns (2017) 36 eksemplarer
The Crimson Thread (2022) 30 eksemplarer
The Wildkin's Curse (2010) 27 eksemplarer
Full Fathom Five (2003) 19 eksemplarer
The Blue Rose (2019) 19 eksemplarer
The Starkin Crown (2011) 16 eksemplarer
The Silver Well (2017) 15 eksemplarer
Dancing on knives (2014) 10 eksemplarer
Dragon Gold (2005) 8 eksemplarer
Two Selkie Stories from Scotland (2014) 7 eksemplarer
Wishing for trouble (2006) 7 eksemplarer
Grumpy Grandpa (2013) 3 eksemplarer
Sea Magic (2008) 3 eksemplarer
I am (2007) 3 eksemplarer
Psykhe 2 eksemplarer
Battle of the Heroes 2 eksemplarer
Dragon Claw 1 eksemplar
The Eileanan 1 eksemplar
Radiance (2004) 1 eksemplar
Alchemy (2022) 1 eksemplar
The Heart of Stars* 1 eksemplar
The Drowned Kingdom 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga (2019) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Fantastic Worlds (1999) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Relics, Wrecks and Ruins (2021) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Faerie Magazine, #26 Spring 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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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 anden anmeldelse | 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 andre anmeldelser | Aug 3, 2023 |
spiritedstardust | 43 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | Nov 10, 2022 |



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