The Iron Tree

Book One of The Crowthistle Chronicles

The Crowthistle Chronicles (Volume 1)

Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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Jarred is a young boy who has grown up among his mother's peaceful desert people. While Jarred loves his mother, he longs to know the history of his father, a journeyman who left years earlier, promising to return for his wife and infant son. A broken promise but a token left behind--an amulet for Jarred that he has worn always. Some say it brings more than a bit of good luck his way, for no harm has ever befallen the boy.

When Jarred comes to manhood, he decides to journey into the world to seek his fortune and perhaps along the way find news of his father. In his travels he will come to a place so unlike his own as to boggle his mind--a place of immense tracts of waterways and marshes, where the very air seems to teem with magic and a people surrounded by creatures fey and not, with enough strange customs and superstitions to make his head swirl.

And to the beautiful Lilith, a woman who will haunt his dreams and ultimately steal his heart...who perhaps can provide a key to his heritage.

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IFlowersThe sun was rolling westward on a hot and heavy afternoon. Beyond the village’s cradle of rocky hills, acres of arid wilderness stretched in every direction, and the land was shimmering in the heat-haze, compressed beneath a hard and dazzling sky. A distant smudge—perhaps smoke from the glass furnaces of Jhallavad—hung on the horizon.In the village, the irritable clacking of foraging hens and the yelling of youths overrode the quiet percussions of desert insects and the sighing of the wind across the dunes. Everything in the place had been either bleached or toasted by

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“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...A sweet surprise.”--Washington Post Book World on The Ill-Made Mute

“Cecilia Dart-Thornton gives new life to fantasy and folklore.”--Locus on The Lady of Sorrows

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Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Cecilia Dart-Thornton's interests include playing music, oil painting, graphic design, photography, and clay sculpture. She lives in Australia.

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The Iron Tree
Book One of The Crowthistle Chronicles
Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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Tor Books
February 2006
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ISBN: 9781429911160
ISBN10: 1429911166
400 pages
$7.99
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