Authors: Cecilia Dart-Thornton
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)
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WEATHERWITCH: BOOK THREE OF THE CROWTHISTLE CHRONICLES
Copyright © 2006 by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
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Weatherwitch / Cecilia Dart-Thornton.—1st ed.
p. cm.—(The Crowthistle Chronicles book three)
“A Tom Doherty Associates Book.”
ISBN 101-0-765-31207-7 (acid-free paper)
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First U.S. Edition: November 2006
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Dedicated to Courtney,
for being loving, spontaneous, keen, funny, talented,
and all things amazing
darling (a STOR)
luck, fortune (AWE)
loner, recluse (AY-an-ar-AWN)
the power possessed by weathermasters, enabling them to predict and control the dynamics of pressure systems and temperature, winds and other meteorological phenomena
(pronounced cal’yach vare or cail’yach vyure) The Winter Hag
destiny, fate, chance (kin-YOO-int)
(pronounced KWEE-va) in the Irish language this name is spelled ‘Caoimhe’
(FIN-bar or FYUN-bar)
granddaughter (a gar-in-EE-an)
grandson (a gar-VOC)
Genan of Áth Midbine:
an expression of thanks
(lann-OR) Goldenblade; the golden sword, the only one of its kind, slayer of goblins and heirloom of the House of Stormbringer
Bad luck, misfortune (mee-AWE)
doom, ill-fate (mee-kin-YOO-int)
Risteárd Mac Brádaigh:
(reesh-TARD Mac BRAW-dig)
benevolent to humankind
is to bless, or call for protection from unseelie forces
is pronounced “ille,” with the “e” as in “best”
malevolent to humankind
(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.
(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.
(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.