Black Spring

By Alison Croggon

A fantasy reworking of Wuthering Heights which interweaves wizard lore and vendetta with Emily Bronte's beloved classic.

Black Spring takes the passionate story of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and re-imagines it in a fantasy nineteenth-century society set in savage lands sustained by wizardry, where its people live by the vengeance code of vendetta. Like Wuthering Heights, it's a story within a story, featuring the brooding young Damek, who is swept along by his emotions. The object of his affections is Lina, daughter of the village lord, whose magical powers make her a witch and witches are not tolerated in this brutally patriarchal society. When Lina is sent away and forced to become a servant, Damek promises revenge and, like Heathcliff, spends a lifetime securing and refining it.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406339581
  • Published: 03 Jan 2013
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 288

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Customer reviews


'Black Spring is a powerful Gothic fantasy which can be enjoyed whether you have or haven’t read Wuthering Heights...The characters are its crowning glory.' Book Angel Booktopia

'Anyone who can turn my most hated read into an excellent enjoyable book is definitely an author to be explored further' Serendipity Reviews

'An impressive modern retelling which captures something of the language, drama, madness, tortured love and agony of the original. Well worth reading' My Favourite Books

'I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of a passionate gothic fantasy' Big Book Little Book

'It is a re-imagining and, for me, a very successful one that is not only likely to encourage teen readers to investigate Wuthering Heights for themselves, but also prepares them for some of the difficulties they may face in doing so' Thoughts from the Hearthfire

'A stylish, elegantly written story'

'Atmospheric throughout, and gripping til the end, with a tension that never abates, Black Spring is a lyrical masterpiece; a beautiful piece of literature that evokes as many emotions as the flawed, incredibly human characters it pays homage to throughout.' ArtsHub UK

'The book is a brilliant gothic fantasy all on its own but it gains in complexity and depth through its relationship to its source text' Oxford Erin

'Like the story that inspired it, this is a story of passion, violence and love that destroys, not heals, but with a fantasy twist' Victoria Writes

'If you enjoyed the original and like fantasy, or if you want to read a dark tale of despair, then Black Spring will be perfect' My Book Journey

'It’s a such a clever retelling – all the crucial basic plot elements of Wuthering Heights are here, with characters appearing in similar guises, but what I think is really amazing is the way Alison Croggon captures the atmosphere of the original book, including all the savagery and violence, and its dissection of the concept of revenge' Katy Moran

'I would recommend it to all my friends, as it is flawless in style, character and plot.' Teen Titles

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