'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 Solstice.
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
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Andrew Caldecott is a QC specialising in media law; he has represented a wide variety of clients, from the BBC and the Guardian to supermodel Naomi Campbell. An occasional playwright, 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. Wyntertide continues the story started in Rotherweird.
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