Cecilia Dart-Thornton was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.
She became a schoolteacher before working as an editor, bookseller, illustrator and book designer.
She started and ran her own business, but became a full-time writer in 2000 after her work was 'discovered' on the Internet and published by Time Warner (New York).
A keen supporter of animal rights and wilderness conservation, she has also branched out into such diverse industries as clay sculpting, performing in folk music bands, and digital media.
In a dark and perilous realm, an outcast without a name or a memory seeks a voice, a past, and a future in the first installment of a modern classic fantasy trilogy
In all of Erith, there is perhaps no one as wretched as the nameless mute foundling confined to the lowest depths of Isse Tower. Abused by many and despised by all, the pathetic creature lives without memories in the shadows. The amnesiac longs to escape—to roam the wild landscape in search of a past, a name, a destiny—but dangers surround the tower. Only flying ships and majestic winged horses carrying important visitors can reach the castle safely, landing high above the ground on its battlements. The local servants whisper about malevolent creatures that roam the forests and bear no love for humankind. Escape seems impossible in this treacherous world of wights and monsters.
A courageous maiden searches for her forgotten history as her king wages desperate war on malevolent creatures known as the unseelie, who are plotting the destruction of all humankind
The newly named Lady of the Sorrows must carry important tidings to the King-Emperor of Caermelor. In her heart she longs to encounter the king’s ranger Thorn, a dark-haired warrior of bewitching beauty and unsurpassed skill. But upon reaching the royal court, she learns that the ruler and his men have gone to war against the forces of wickedness threatening the mortal realms. As the lady awaits their return, a dreadful suspicion unfolds: The brutal Lord Huon and his monstrous Wild Hunt are attacking again and again. Is she the target they seek?
The 2nd book in the acclaimed Bitterbynde Trilogy, The Lady of the Sorrows confirms author Cecilia Dart-Thornton’s standing as a bold, fresh, and vitally important voice in fantasy fiction. Ingeniously weaving the ancient legends and folklore of the British Isles into a rich and colorful tapestry, she has created an epic work of the imagination, a uniquely unforgettable heroine, and a fantasy adventure for the ages.
The Lady of the Sorrows embarks on a perilous quest in a wild realm of magic and malevolence to reunite with her enigmatic lover and end a terrible war
To save her loved ones from catastrophe, the Lady of the Sorrows urgently seeks to uncover the secrets of her past. Yet those mysteries, once revealed, will be more extraordinary and harrowing than she could have imagined. The lady journeys to the terrible fortress of the Raven Prince in Evernight, despite the Bitterbynde curse that is distorting her memories and the onset of a debilitating malady for which a cure may never be found. As a battle for the destiny of the world begins, the lady must make a fateful decision. If she reveals what she knows, she will liberate 2 worlds—or incite the downfall of everything she loves.
The stunning conclusion to her acclaimed Bitterbynde Trilogy, The Battle of Evernight is the crowning literary achievement of author Cecilia Dart-Thornton, who has been praised as Australia’s J. R. R. Tolkien. Lyrical and breathtaking, a bold and bittersweet fantasy born from ancient legends and folklore passed down through the ages, it is a magnificent contribution to the canon of Western fantasy literature.
The Ill-Made Mute, The Lady of the Sorrows, The Battle of Evernight
A breathtaking epic fantasy of love, war, rebirth, and magical destiny based on the haunting folklore of England, Ireland, and Scotland unfolds across a vivid landscape of wonder and peril
In The Ill-Made Mute, a wretched, nameless mute awakens without a memory in a lofty tower upon whose battlements winged horses and flying ships make landfall. The amnesiac longs to escape and roam the wild landscape in search of a past, a name, and a destiny. But the tales the servants whisper by the hearth all turn out to be true: The legendary creatures that plague the world beyond the castle walls are real and innumerable. Travelers in this beautiful, eerie wilderness must beware. . . .
The Lady of the Sorrows begins with a newly minted lady carrying important tidings to the King-Emperor of Caermelor. In her heart, she longs to encounter the king’s ranger Thorn, but upon reaching the royal court she learns that the ruler and his men have gone to war against the forces of wickedness that are threatening the realms of mortals. As the maiden awaits their return, a dreadful suspicion unfolds: The brutal Lord Huon and his monstrous Wild Hunt are attacking again and again—is she the target they seek?
In The Battle of Evernight, the Lady of the Sorrows must save her loved ones from catastrophe by uncovering the secrets of her past. She journeys to the terrible fortress of the Raven Prince in Evernight, despite the Bitterbynde curse that is distorting her memories and the onset of a debilitating malady for which a cure may never be found. As a battle for the destiny of the world begins, the lady must make a fateful decision. If she reveals what she knows, she will liberate 2 worlds—or incite the downfall of everything she loves.