Review: Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

The town of Rotherweird stands alone – there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

This book had been sat on my bookshelf since last August, i kept meaning to get round to it and then something else would come along and it stayed put. Finally I got round to taking it down and reading it – and I’m so pleased I did.

Rotherweird was a absolute delight to read. A facinating mix of historical tale and fantasy, I loved finding out more about the mysterious town that sits outside English law and has a ban on the study of history further back than 1800.

Our way in to the town and its frankly eccentric residents is through the eyes of Oblong, the towns newly hired (modern) history teacher. We (and Oblong) are introduced to the rest of our key players with varying degrees of bafflement, from old village traditions that no one knows the origins of, to townsfolk with plenty of secrets of their own.

Also arriving at the same time is Sir Veronal Slickstone, a rich businessman who has taken up residence in the towns old manor house, much the residents disquiet – the manor has been empty for as long as anyone remembers.

I loved watching the mysteries of Rotherweird unravel and will be picking up Wyntertide soon so i can return to Rotherweird again. If your a fantasy fan who hasn’t read this yet, then I thoroughly recommend it.

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