winter-hb-william-horwood_4Now there's a bit of a chill in the air, it seems appropriate to air the striking new cover for William Horwood's new novel, Winter. This is out in hardback in December, and is the last epic installment of Horwood's dramatic fantasy quartet. I'm a fan of the elegant simplicity of this cover style, showing the turning of the seasons as the story progresses. Winter completes the quest of a few key characters to save their world and way of life from disaster. It's a beautifully drawn tale full of loss and bravery with a dash of unrequited love. The cover design for Winter and others in the series was masterminded by our in-house designer Neil Lang. He sourced the main jacket image from Shutterstock, and the gold disc pendant is actually copyright of The Trustees of The British Museum.

For those that adored William Horwood's Duncton Chronicles, this is particularly for you! (The Washington Post called the Duncton Wood series 'a breathtaking acheivement') You can also see a short interview with the author on the inspiration behind the Hyddenworld series here.  Here are the previous covers in the series and you can find some of that great praise below. 



‘The writing is rich and emotive’

‘A new series that builds on the fantasy genre, taking in elements from historical fiction, folk tales and legends. The real hook, though, is the characters: each is introduced with such care that the reader really gets to know them and is genuinely concerned about the story. The writing is beautiful, and should appeal to readers who enjoy the fictions of Philip Pullman, J. R. R. Tolkien or Trudi Canavan’ 
Waterstones Books Quarterly:   

‘The book got better and better until, at its end, I was left open-mouthed at just how good it had become. The last fifty pages of this book gave me my happiest reading experience in recent years … William Horwood is a wonderful writer’

‘There are some lovely ideas… eminently likeable’

‘This is a return to the traditional; an intimate, delicate and delightfully written novel’

‘A real gem of a novel . . . It’s colourful, it's incredibly creative and this new series is one that will soon become a firm favourite’
FalcataTimes blog