Today, I’m excited to be reviewing Rotherweird! Let me know what you think in the comments.
Special thanks to the publisher, Quercus, for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Rotherweird Author: Andrew Caldecott Pub date: 7/30/19 Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus Format: hardcover, ebook Price: $26.99 US/$32.49 CAN ISBN: 9781635061536
“An imaginative tour de force.”The Times
“A remarkable achievement.”Sunday Independent
“Special and dangerous.”Hilary Mantel
“Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful.”MR Carey
WELCOME TO ROTHERWEIRD
1558. Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird. Some say they are the golden generation; some say the devil’s spawn. But everyone knows they are something to be revered – and feared.
Four and a half centuries on, cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I and still bound by its ancient laws, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.
Then an Outsider arrives, a man of unparalleled wealth and power, enough to buy the whole of Rotherweird – deeply buried secrets and all…
I couldn’t wait to read Rotherwierd when it showed up on my radar. It seemed like the fantasy novel I’ve been waiting for all year and it turned out to be even better than I imagined! The illustrations, the plot, the writing, the characters…this novel is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to read the next book.
This is a novel to experience. I’m having trouble writing this review because putting into words what I experienced while reading is difficult. It’s just masterfully written and had me hooked from page one. A side note: it takes some getting used to. I don’t think the beginning was slow, but I can see how someone might think so, and all I can say is bear with it…it keeps getting better.
A fascinating fantasy that covers a wide range of genres. Brilliant, realistic characters, a plot that kept me glued to the book, and wonderful writing and illustrations. Highly recommended!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Andrew Caldecott is a practicing barrister in media law, fantasy novelist and occasional playwright. His play Higher than Babel was described as “impressive” by the Financial Times and a “bold debut” by the Independent. He turned his hand to fiction when, informed by his love of history, which he studied at New College, Oxford, he was seized by the notion of a city-state hiding a cataclysmic secret.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER – Quercus publishes under the imprints Quercus, MacLehose Press, and Jo Fletcher Books. We publish a range of high-quality commercial, literary, and translated fiction, as well as nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy and young adult titles.
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