'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap-doors in the reader's imagination' Hilary Mantel, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall
Welcome back to Rotherweird.
The town of Rotherweird has been independent from the rest of England for four hundred years, to protect a deadly secret.
Sir Veronal Slickstone is dead, his bid to exploit that secret consigned to dust, leaving Rotherweird to resume its abnormal normality after the travails of the summer . . . but someone is playing a very long game.
Disturbing omens multiply: a funeral delivers a cryptic warning; an ancient portrait speaks; the Herald disappears - and democracy threatens the uneasy covenant between town and countryside.
Geryon Wynter's intricate plot, centuries in the making, is on the move.
Everything points to one objective: the resurrection of Rotherweird's dark Elizabethan past - and to one date: the Winter Equinox.
Wynter is coming . . .
'Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book' M. R. Carey, bestselling author of The Girl With All The Gifts
A history-tragic-comedy all rolled into one, Rotherweird is intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book not unlike other books, but with special and dangerous properties. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap-doors in the reader's imagination
— HILARY MANTEL, two-time Man Booker prize winner
Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book — M.R. CAREY, bestselling author of The Girl With All the Gifts
Beautifully handled sequel that cooks up a banquet of dark delights. Once again, we are captivated by the compelling alchemy of plot, place and people: the quirks, the mysteries, the saintliness and the sheer bloody evil — Daily Mail
To his lawyerly eye for detail he adds a conjurer's flourish in Wyntertide, the darkly hypnotic sequel to last year's bestseller Rotherweird . . . Rotherweird, Caldecott's fictional English town, has antecedents in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast, C S Lewis's Narnia books and, inevitably, a certain bespectacled boy-wizard — Sunday Telegraph
Darkly hypnotic — Ed Power, The Daily Telegraph
I loved every single thing about it. Wyntertide perfectly continues the journey that began in Rotherweird. Highly recommended — The Eloquent Page
Wyntertide builds on all the best parts of its predecessor, introducing the reader to the wider history of Rotherweird, while relishing its small town drama — SciFiNow
Even better than the first book . . . Seamlessly structured and reads at a galumphing pace . . . As Wynter's go, this is one cold snap that's very welcome indeed. 10/10 — Starburst
I'd strongly recommend you to read it, and to keep reading — Blue Book Balloon
Fiendishly plotted and carefully crafted — SFCrowsnest
Caldecott's writing is literally spellbinding — The Digital Fix
Well-written, an intriguing world and premise — Cannonball Read
Enjoyable and highly original — Pile by the Bed
Wonderfully inventive once again with that Heath Robinson feel that I noted last time. The characters are rich and vivid — Books and More Books
Rollicking blend of historical fiction and fantasy, mixed together with an abundance of intricate (often word-related) puzzles, Wyntertide is a wonderful sequel to Rotherweird. I loved the characters, and found the curious mix of Elizabethan and modern setting and sensibility very appealing — Boffins Bookshop
Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts — Guardian on ROTHERWEIRD
This novel is a remarkable achievement. It's also extremely funny, in a typically British sort of way . . . a delightful Harry Potter for grown-ups — Sunday Independent on ROTHERWEIRD
Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe — Irish Times on ROTHERWEIRD
Truly, sinisterly magical. 10/10
— Starburst on ROTHERWEIRD
I LOVE this book. It just did something to me. I was utterly immersed from page one . . . This is a novel of magnificence and detail, of science and nature — FANTASTICAL LIBRARY on ROTHERWEIRD
What an enjoyable read! So vividly written, I could visualise every winding street and twisting chimney of Rotherweird . . . If you like Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman or Susanna Clarke, this book is for you!
— Book Geek Girl on ROTHERWEIRD
Highly recommended, I think novel will eventually be viewed as a modern classic — The Eloquent Page on ROTHERWEIRD