Black Spring by Alison Croggon

black spring

Black Spring
Alison Croggon

This story is a fantasy retelling of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Lina is a privileged daughter with violet eyes, which alert the world that she is a witch. Damek is sent to live with Lina and her father by request of the king and is her closest companion. When tragedy orphans Lina and Damek, their new master pushes them to their breaking point and a forced separation—and the whole village will suffer because of it. The title Black Spring hints at how this retelling matches the original dark and gothic tale. The story is broken up into multiple parts: the first question of the tale from a guest staying in the area (named Hammel), history from the housekeeper’s daughter, journal entries of Lina’s, more from the housekeeper’s daughter, and a final letter from Hammel. Readers who enjoy dark, depressing stories with a touch of fantasy (or some wizard and witch’s magic) will enjoy this. However, it (like the story it is inspired by) has a rich, detailed story of two tragic souls who have the power to destroy the happiness in those around them.

Candlewick Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-07636-009-3
FORMAT: Historical Fantasy
AGES: Young Adult

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