The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe

The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne

Ann Radcliffe

160 pages first pub 1789 (editions)

fiction classics historical mysterious fast-paced


Ann Radcliffe's first novel is set in the Middle Ages against the melancholy beauty of mountains and rugged coasts of the Scottish Highlands, tells the story of the warring clan chieftains of Athlin and Dunbayne. One of the earliest Gothic tales (...

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Community Reviews Summary of 12 reviews


adventurous 100%
mysterious 66%
tense 66%
emotional 33%


fast 66%
medium 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 66% | Character: 33%

Strong character development?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 100%

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