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.
Slickstone wanted to emulate the experiment and become a shapeshifter himself, but the scheme was sabotaged by Bole/Flask/Ferox, as revenge for Slickstone betraying Wynter.
What became of the shapeshifter is never revealed, he is believed to still be in Lost Acre as Ferox, but the sequel may reveal otherwise!(less) (hide spoiler)]
To enter, tourists must leave behind their 21st-century gadgets as readers should their literary prejudices or expectations.
This is a town devoid of modern technology, but has a surprisingly high number of mastermind-children with affinity to sciences like maths, physics, astronomy.
Learning about the town's history is outlawed and there are a number of other bizarre rules governing the general and day-to-day life of its ...more
A little country ...more
It is well written with a magical premise and it should have worked... but it didn't for me. Took me an age to make my way through it and I found by a quarter of the way through that I just wasn't enjoying it.
Such a shame!
I simply didn't enjoy it. I know MANY others did, so if it interests you then definitely give it a try but it just wasn't for me.
I couldn't connect with the characters either and I found the entire experience very cumbersome.
DNF @ 16%
Rotherweird is an isolated place. Cut off from the rest of England since Tudor times, it exists under its own laws and rules under the custodianship of hereditary office-holders. With his career in tatters, Jonah Oblong takes a job as history teacher at R ...more
Such promise in the wonderful cover and the intriguing blurb but sadly I was left dissatisfied. Caldecott's interesting conceit is an English town isolated and made self-governing during the reign of Elizabeth I for reason or reasons unknown. Jonah Oblong, an outsider, becomes embroiled in the affairs of this bizarre place when he is hired as a history teacher at the lo ...more
A strange fantasy more steampunk in places than urban fantasy, but I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I have to say, I really was looking forward to reading this book, and I actually had the second one sent to me at the same time, but unfortunately this book just didn't work for me the same way it has for some of the others who have reviewed it. Personally, I like to read to have fun and therefore I don't often pick up books which focus on mystery or academia, but more on pure fantasy. For me, I think this one was a bit of a slow read at times ...more
But there were a lot of characters to be keeping track of, and I found it difficult to get invested in any of them. I also found ...more
Overall I really enjoyed this book with being refreshingly different!
There are a great many characters, and according to the author's afterword, there were originally a lot more. I had a cold when I read it, so my brain was fuzzy, and I sometimes had to think hard to remember who a character was when they were mentioned after being offstage for a while. I felt that ...more
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Rotherweird stands alone – there are no maps and no guidebooks… Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, its independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies Rotherweird or its history.
Rotherweird is the strongest contention yet for my ‘Book of the Year’. It is definitely the best book I’ve read this year, so far.
Rotherwierd is perfect for fans of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. If you like your books wi ...more
I couldn't tell majority of characters apart so similar they were. The whole plot so intricate that half of time I wasn't sure what was happening and especially why.
I had high hopes for it as the premise is rather intriguing but alas.
DNF at 34%.
Rotherweird really wants to be quirky but only manages to have a cast of characters with names from the list 'weirdest British names'. There's for example Veronal Slickstone (he's greedy), Jonah Oblong (he's a teacher), Deidre Banter (she's greedy), Godfery Fanguin (he's a former teacher), Rhombus Snorkel (he's also greedy), Vixen Valourhand (she pole-vaults over fences because of...reasons) and countless other characters with oh-so-funny names ...more
I liked it, but I wish I had read it outside of a time of reading it for a challenge (when I wanted to be quick and it still took a week) and I would have liked to have taken notes on it. There were so many characters and so mu ...more
You won't have heard of Rotherweird. The town is hard to reach (you have to go to Hoy, change for a taxi to the Twelve Mile Post, then await the Polk Land & Water Company's charabanc). It's forbidden to write about it, and the inhabitants don't welcome outsiders.
Nevertheless, it's a fascinating place, almost an ind ...more
The story opens up with an eerie scene in which Queen Mary orders the execution of ten child prodigies whose gifts she deems unholy. Sir Robert Oxenbridge does what he believes to be the right thing: he saves the children by entrusting them and their eductation to the care of his retired friend who is living ou ...more
ROTHERWEIRD was, in short, rather a weird book -- no pun intended. It was quite slow-paced, as well as being reasonably long, so that ...more
DNF'd @ 20%
The premise of Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott sounded really cool - it totally gave me Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker vibes. Unfortunately, the writing style and the tone just weren't working for me here. I managed to make it through 20% before I realized I was too bored and uninterested to continue. Thanks anyway, NetGalley.
Really looking forward to the next book, though, as now I have really connected (and am able to distinguish) between the many characters.