The Ill-Made Mute

Down the violet wind slid syrinx melodies, wild as foxes, mad as love, strange as awakening…

~ Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Bitterbynde Trilogy

Without warning he sat bolt upright. His face sharpened with urgent horror, his eyes clouded like muddy pools.
“Terrible things happen out there! A person could get lost, could pass right out of knowledge. Beware of footsteps in the night and dark wings that beat against the windows. Beware of the Hunt! Beware of water, wind, and stone! I warn you.”

~ Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Ill-Made Mute


The Bitterbynde Trilogy Book #1

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Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Featured in’s10 Engrossing Fantasy Books like Lord of the Rings“.

The Stormriders land their winged stallions on the airy battlements of Isse Tower.Far below, the superstitious servants who dwell in the fortress’s lower depths tell tales of wicked creatures inhabiting the world outside, a world they have only glimpsed. Yet it is the least of the lowly – a mute, scarred, and utterly despised foundling – who dares to scale the Tower, sneak aboard a Windship, and then dive from the sky.
But the hearthside tales are all true! The unhuman wights are real in all their legions. They haunt every pool, every turn in the road, threatening and tormenting all travelers. A perilous journey begins.

The critics said:

Not since Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings fell into my hands have I been so impressed by a beautifully spun fantasy. .. Many fantasies are compared to Tolkien these days but few really have the excellent writing and good characterisation that this work offers. This is far above the usual offering in the fantasy field and the reader is left longing for the adventures to continue’
~ Andre Norton, Grand Master of Science Fiction

‘Hobbit-fanciers will find much to delight them in The Ill-Made Mute’
~ The Times (UK)

‘Cecilia Dart-Thornton exhibits strong and authentic evidence of ­having visited some of the more exotic corners of Faerie . . . Crucially for readers, she proves she’s able to bring the unicorn back alive, netted in golden prose . . . The opener of Dart-Thornton’s series proves a sweet surprise’
~ The Washington Post

About the author:
Cecilia Dart-Thornton was discovered on the Internet. She had written the three books of the Bitterbynde Trilogy before she uploaded the first chapter to a Writers’ Workshop.

Her work was soon spotted by an editor. Soon afterwards, Time Warner’s publishing arm offered her a contract.

They published her books in hardcover, the first time they had ever done so with a new author.

The Bitterbynde Trilogy hit the best-seller lists world-wide and has been translated into five languages.

ISBN: 9780987575401 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781925110531 (paperback)

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The Ill-Made Mute


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