Weatherwitch: Book Three of The Crowthistle Chronicles

Weatherwitch

 

Also by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

 

THE BITTERBYNDE TRILOGY

 

Book 1: The Ill-Made Mute

Book 2: The Lady of the Sorrows

Book 3: The Battle of Evernight

 

THE CROWTHISTLE CHRONICLES

 

Book 1: The Iron Tree

Book 2: The Well of Tears

Book 3: Weatherwitch

Book 4: Fallowblade (2007)

 

Weatherwitch

BOOK THREE
OF THE
CROWTHISTLE
CHRONICLES

Cecilia
Dart-Thornton

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this novel are either fictitious or are used fictitiously.

WEATHERWITCH: BOOK THREE OF THE CROWTHISTLE CHRONICLES

Copyright © 2006 by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Dart-Thornton, Cecilia.

Weatherwitch / Cecilia Dart-Thornton.—1st ed.

   p. cm.—(The Crowthistle Chronicles book three)

“A Tom Doherty Associates Book.”

ISBN 131-978-0-765-31207-5

ISBN 101-0-765-31207-7 (acid-free paper)

1. Quests (Expeditions)—Fiction. I. Title.

 

PR9619.3.D253W43 2006

823'.92—dc22

2006006866

First U.S. Edition: November 2006

Printed in the United States of America

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Dedicated to Courtney,
for being loving, spontaneous, keen, funny, talented,
and all things amazing

CONTENTS

Glossary

Some Significant Characters

Map: The Four Kingdoms of Tir

The Story So Far

Prologue

1 Comrades and Foes

2 Mai Day Eve

3 Conversations

4 Philosophies

5 Strategies

6 Household Strife

7 Princes

8 Urisks

9 The Invitation

10 Plots and Schemes

11 Treachery

12 Upon a Ferny Hill

GLOSSARY

Álainna Machnamh:

(AWE-lanna Mac-NAV)

a stór:

darling (a STOR)

Ádh:

luck, fortune (AWE)

Aonarán:

loner, recluse (AY-an-ar-AWN)

áthair:

father (AH-hir)

brí:

the power possessed by weathermasters, enabling them to predict and control the dynamics of pressure systems and temperature, winds and other meteorological phenomena

Cailleach Bheur:

(pronounced cal’yach vare or cail’yach vyure) The Winter Hag

carlin:

wise woman

Cinniúint:

destiny, fate, chance (kin-YOO-int)

Cuiva:

(pronounced KWEE-va) in the Irish language this name is spelled ‘Caoimhe’

Earnán:

(AlR-nawn)

eldritch:

supernatural

Eoin:

(OWE-in)

Fedlamid:

(FEH-limy)

Fionnbar:

(FIN-bar or FYUN-bar)

Fionnuala:

(Fin-NOO-la)

A gariníon:

granddaughter (a gar-in-EE-an)

A garmhac.

grandson (a gar-VOC)

Gearóid:

(GA-roid)

Genan of Áth Midbine:

(AWE mid-BINNA)

gramarye:

magic

gramercie:

an expression of thanks

Lannóir:

(lann-OR) Goldenblade; the golden sword, the only one of its kind, slayer of goblins and heirloom of the House of Stormbringer

Liadán:

(LEE-dawn)

Luchóg:

(la-HOGE)

Mairead:

(maw-RAID)

Maolmórdha:

(mwale-MORGA)

máthair:

mother (MAW-hir)

Mí-Ádh:

Bad luck, misfortune (mee-AWE)

Míchinniúint:

doom, ill-fate (mee-kin-YOO-int)

A muirnín:

darling (mwirr-NEEN)

Ó Maoldúin:

(oh mwale-DOON)

Páid:

(PAWD)

Risteárd Mac Brádaigh:

(reesh-TARD Mac BRAW-dig)

Saibh:

(SAY-EVE)

A seanmáthair:

grandmother (SHAN-waw-hir)

seelie:

benevolent to humankind

To sain:

is to bless, or call for protection from unseelie forces

Uabhar:

(oo-a-var)

Uile:

is pronounced “ille,” with the “e” as in “best”

unseelie:

malevolent to humankind

SOME SIGNIFICANT CHARACTERS

T
HE
K
INGDOM OF
A
SHQALÊTH
(Capital city: Jhallavad)

Chohrab Shechem: King of Ashqalêth.

Duke Rahim: King Chohrab’s brother-in-law, brother of Parvaneh.

Parvaneh Shechem: Queen of Ashqalêth.

Pouri: the youngest of King Chohrab’s six daughters.

Shahzadeh: King Chohrab’s eldest daughter, the Princess Royal of Ashqalêth.

 

T
HE
K
INGDOM OF
G
RÏMNØRSLAND
(Capital city: Trøndelheim)

Gunnlaug Torkilsalven: youngest son of Thørgild.

Halfrida Torkilsalven: Queen of Grïmnørsland.

Halvdan Torkilsalven: second son of Thorgild.

Hrosskel Torkilsalven: eldest son of Thorgild, and Crown Prince of Grïmnørsland.

Solveig Torkilsalven: third child and only daughter of Thorgild.

Thorgild Torkilsalven: King of Grïmnørsland.

 

T
HE
D
ISTRICT OF
H
IGH
D
ARIONETH
(Principal seat: Rowan Green)

Aglaval Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): Storm Lord in days of yore.

Albiona: Dristan Maelstronnar’s wife.

Aleyn Cilsundror (Sky-Cleaver): bard of Rowan Green.

Alfardene Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): the swordsmith who fashioned Fallowblade.

Arran Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): eldest son of Avalloc.

Asrathiel Heronswood Maelstronnar: only daughter of Jewel and Arran.

Avalloc Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): the current Storm Lord and member of Council of Ellenhall.

Avolundar Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): the warrior mage who wielded Fallowblade during the goblin wars.

Baldulf Ymberbaillé (Rainbearer): “second-in-command” to Avalloc and member of Council of Ellenhall.

Bliant Ymberbaillé (Rainbearer): son of Baldulf.

Blostma: Herebeorht Miller’s wife.

Branor: a spy for King Uabhar.

Cacamwri Dommalleo (Thunder-Hammer): weathermage and member of Council of Ellenhall.

Calogrenant Lumenspar (Light-Spear): the Ambassador for High Darioneth in Cathair Rua.

Cavalon: son of Dristan and Albiona Maelstronnar.

Corisande: daughter of Dristan and Albiona Maelstronnar.

Desmond Brooks: swordmaster at High Darioneth.

Dristan Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): youngest son of Avalloc.

Elfgifu Miller: a daughter of the miller.

Engres Aventaur (Flute Wind): weathermaster.

Ettare Sibilaurë (Whistles-For-The-Wind): a weathermage and member of Council of Ellenhall.

Faramond: The eldest son of Herebeorht and Blostma Miller.

Galiene Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): a daughter of Avalloc and member of Council of Ellenhall.

Gauvain Cilsundror (Sky-Cleaver): a weathermaster.

Gvenour Nithulambar (Walks-In-Mist): weathermage and member of Council of Ellenhall.

Herebeorht Miller: Osweald’s eldest son.

Hilde Miller: a younger daughter of the miller.

Jewel Heronswood Jaravhor: wife of Arran and mother of Asrathiel.

Lidoine Galenrithar (Gale-Rider): carlin at Rowan Green.

Lysanor Maelstronnar (Stormbringer): a daughter of Avalloc and member of Council of Ellenhall.

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