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The Stumpwork Robe (The Chronicles of Eirie Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Prue Batten
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A tragedy to rival Romeo and Juliet hidden beneath the embroidery of a rare gown.
If the writer is discovered, she will be killed.
In a world eerily like our own, where enchanted Others weave through the weft of life, Adelina the Traveller condemns her gaoler to a death sentence as she stitches a bloody treasure hunt across a magnificent garment.
This is the magick of The Stumpwork Robe … Book One of the popular historical fantasy series THE CHRONICLES OF EIRIE, a unique and dramatic story wound through with the Celtic world’s iconic mythology and which begins the saga of two fated generations.

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This writer is skilled at setting up mysteries to keep the reader hooked . . . -- . . . March, April, May 2008

I have no idea when and in what country this fanciful tale is set, but you write with such charming intensity it hardly matters . . . This is a fairy tale with a difference . . . -- . . . March, April, May 2008

You are like a storyteller of olde, weaving your words in an enchanting way . . . It was such wonderful prose, your mastery of words lent a great deal. -- . . . March, April, May 2008

A cross between Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust' and John Crowley's 'Little Big' . . . an unusual narrative voice and an original vehicle . . . to progress the story. -- . . . March, April, May 2008

A very ingenious creation. -- . . . March, April, May 2008 . . . March, April, May 2008


This writer is skilled at setting up mysteries to keep the reader hooked . . .

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Darlington Press; 2 edition (30 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIIY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Australia and studied history and politics at the University of Tasmania. I've worked as a hotel cleaner, a cosmetician in a major department store, a bookseller but most properly as a journalist/researcher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where I met my husband, also a journalist.

We now farm in Tasmania, growing the superfine wool for which Australia is famous. I spent almost ten years as a coordinator for the cancer therapy program Look Good Feel Better and time as a walker for Riding for the Disabled and for the local Dogs' Home. I have two adult children, two dogs, too much garden and maybe too little time to write.

I write both historical fiction for which Gisborne: Book of Pawns received an Honourable Mention in the 2012 Golden Claddagh Writing Contest, and historical fantasy for which A Thousand Glass Flowers received a silver medallion in the 2012 Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

I'm what the pundits call a 'niche' writer which means that both the fantasies and the historical fiction don't conform to pre-conceived concepts of their genres.

What better way to entice readers than to offer you a chance to read novels that are unique!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of both worlds. 30 Mar. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story that draws you in from the moment you read the first page, as exquisitely crafted as the sumptuous wedding robe from which it takes its name.

It is a book for both lovers of fantasy and those like myself who usually avoid the genre, for it transports you into a world that is rich and strange but solid and believable as the everyday world about us.

There are no Dark Lords here, or mighty sword wielding heroes, and no arbitrary quests for magic artefacts Only characters who are delightfully different but completely three dimensional, with thoughts, feelings and aspirations as recognisable as those of the best you meet in mainstream literature.

While the plot is as exciting as any airport thriller, yet as exotic and intricate as the stump work's rich embroidery, full of secrets and surprises, beauty and horror.

All that and a master artist's skill in painting with words.

This has been the freshest and most unique reading experience I've had in many a month of Sundays
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finely woven. 27 May 2009
An intriguing and highly inventive story, a heady mix of folklore and fantasy. The plot is intricate and the storytelling elegant, with a wonderful otherwordly atmosphere. By turns whimsical, passionate, brutal and lyrical, this is a truly magical read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like reading silk 8 May 2012
I wrote a review of this book years ago, when it first came out, as I was, I think, one of its first readers. Somehow, somewhere along the line I've lost that review and it vanished into the ether.

I remember only one line of that review and that was that it was like 'reading silk'.

The stumpwork robe is a fascinating idea: a story - a tale in the great tradition of the medieval saga - woven cunningly into a robe, hidden in the design and only readable to those who knew where to start.

The story is a beautiful marriage of medieval history and legendary fantasy, drawing on the great wealth of Celtic myth and weaving it into the tale. But these faeries, much like those in the historical legends, are not Tinkerbell or some Disney creation, but more the wicked and treacherous devils of the Celtic world. Added then to the pseudo-Medieval world, the sheer depth and scale of the world Prue has created is breathtaking.

The only thing that strikes me above that is the quality of the writing. As I said in that one remembered quote, there is something about the quality of Prue's writing that feels smooth and silky (a characteristic definitely missing from my own work, I'm sure.)

I would recommend that you have a look at 'look-inside' program. That way you can see what I mean about the writing and the world and judge for yourself whether to launch in and read the whole thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stumpwork Robe 2 Feb. 2014
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I read the whole series and can honestly say I'm sad to have finished the last one. All the books flowed like, silk weaving a magical atmosphere to transport one to a very special place and just having to turn the next page or in my case tap my Kindle for the next page. These were read far into the night. Do try them, this particular book was so innovative, I just had to read the rest of the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well woven, but lacking 29 Mar. 2013
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The Stumpwork Robe draws on a stunning amalgam of cultures, folklores and myths from our own world to construct an recognisable and engaging world. However, the characterisation seriously lets down what would otherwise be a fantastic novel. The heroine falls short - going from tediously naive to boringly stunted, and the supporting characters are two dimensional and amazingly obtuse in their attitudes towards each other and their world (fairly representative of a lot of actual people I suppose, so realistic if nothing else). The embroidery conceit at the end of each chapter rapidly grew repetitive, but is an unusual and well done motif elsewhere. The language and structure bears favourable comparisons with Robin McKinley and the blend of culture with Guy Gavriel Kay. Fans of either author will find something to appreciate here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 3 Jun. 2014
By Nessa
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This was the first time I had read a 'fantasy' novel and I was engrossed in the story from the start, it is beautifully written. After the last page I immediately downloaded the next part of the story - The Last Stitch and read it in two days. Recommended.
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Interesting use of embroidery techniques, linking the reader into the story.It helps develop a narrative, that has one wanting to know how the strongly drawn characters are going to react to the next challenge. When is the next book coming out?
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