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The Stumpwork Robe (The Chronicles of Eirie Book 1) by [Batten, Prue]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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

A very ingenious creation. -- www.YouWriteOn.com . . . March, April, May 2008 www.YouWriteOn.com . . . March, April, May 2008

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


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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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The first book in this series. I wasn't sure if it was going to be my kind of book (I don't normally read fairy stories), but this was excellent, with a gripping plot and very well written. It's in a similar genre to Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' and Ursula LeGuin's 'Earthsea', but has its own very unique ideas and characters. Reading it on Kindle meant that I could quickly look up the meaning of any words I wasn't sure of (Prue Batten has an excellent command of the English language).
I really couldn't put it down (I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter each time, and then another, and then another). Needless to say, once I reached the end of this first book, I immediately downloaded the remaining 3 books, and am just beginning to read the third one.
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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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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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I really enjoyed this book which is in a realm of fantasy. Also I had just been on a stump work and needlelace workshop with Kay Dennis and found the description of the stump and lacework at the end of each chapter delightful.
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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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I started reading this book because I am an embroiderer myself - though very much an amateur. I've never done stump work, but have been awed by projects done by friends.

The story is a combination of the fables fantasies and fairy stories of many cultures, though Irish and Middle Eastern have predominated so far. The author has created so much more than the usual brief escape that a book can be. Her writing is rich and mature while remaining wonderfully accessible. The story is gripping, with beautiful imagery and a delightful mix of tension and moments of peace and joy.
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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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