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The Ill-Made Mute: The Bitterbynde Book One is a first novel from Australian author Cecilia Dart-Thornton. She has created a world whose human inhabitants are both aided and tormented by magical creatures called "wights." To avoid coming into contact with malicious, or "unseelie" wights, the people exchange trade goods on windships that sail through the air. The ships travel between, and dock at, tremendously tall towers that are inhabited by a few privileged families and the hundreds of servants who toil for them.
The central character is a mute, hideously scarred foundling who stows away on a windship to search for something that will trigger a memory of who it is, or where it is from. Along its journey, it encounters pirates, monsters, treasure hunts, treks through wight-haunted forests, true friendship, and its first stirrings of love.
Once I had enough information to form a mental image of the mute's world, I found the tale thoroughly engrossing and entertaining. (Kim Corradini)