Book Review for ROTHERWEIRD by Andrew Caldecott
ROTHERWEIRD by Andrew Caldecott
Jo Fletcher Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An intricately plotted novel filled with magic, history, and things that bump back in the night.
ROTHERWEIRD is one of those books which seem like it is all too much but somehow comes together seamlessly in a uniquely dark and fascinating way. The author masterfully delivers a tale infused with rich lore, otherworldly beings, secrets, and a bit of hocus pocus.
This book is long and complex but in the best way possible. The detail of this world Caldecott created is nothing short of remarkable. Everything mentioned is in there for a reason. And the writing…can we talk about how intense and utterly addictive it is?
The only thing I will mention to readers who don’t pay attention to the small things or tend to skim; this book may not be for you. There are such fabulous small moments that add up to the bigger picture. I suggest you take your time with this one and immerse yourself in the Rotherweird world.
I will not get into the story or give anything away, because you truly need to experience everything for yourself. However, I will say I cannot wait to find out what happens next and to see where our characters lead us.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, I also purchased the eBook version of this novel myself.
WELCOME TO ROTHERWEIRD!
The town of Rotherweird stands alone. There are no guidebooks, despite the diverse and original 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.
BUT SECRETS HAVE A WAY OF LEAKING OUT.
Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School [nothing local and nothing before 1800], and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town's long-derelict Manor House.
Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time - and each other. The consequences will be lethal, and apocalyptic.
About the Author: Andrew Caldecott is a Queen's Counsel barrister specializing in media law; he has represented a 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.
Sasha Laika (Illustrator) studied figurative art in Moscow, followed by a degree in graphic design and Illustration in the UK. A London-based artist for the last 10 years, Sasha creates highly intricate works that draw on imagery from mythology, folklore, and religious iconography. Her works are inhabited by mystical creatures that morph between human and animal, and exist in transition somewhere between the worlds of fantasy and reality. Rotherweird is her debut as a book illustrator.
Series: Rotherweird (Book 1)
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (July 30, 2019)
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