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Winter (Hyddenworld Quartet 4) [Hardcover]

William Horwood
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5 Dec 2013 Hyddenworld Quartet 4


Storms rage as the worst winter in living memory ravages the human and Hydden worlds. The prophesied End of Days is here and the universe is dying, yet only a few are even aware of the forces at work.

Jack and Katherine must help their friend Bedwyn Stort halt this chaos by locating the last gem of Winter, something only he can do. Then it must be returned to the Earth’s unwilling guardian, their daughter Judith. She will need it to try and reignite the fires of the universe.

Yet Stort is riddled with uncertainty. He yearns for Judith, as she does for him, but a love between mortal and immortal cannot be. To find the gem, he must solve this conundrum and vanquish death itself. But can he really lead mortalkind to salvation?

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0230712630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230712638
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE HYDDENWORLD NOVELS: 'Rich and emotive' SFX, '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, 'As the final page turns the reader will be left feeling uplifted ...William Horwood is a wonderful writer', '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

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William Horwood is the author of the bestselling Duncton Wood series and Wolves of Time books, among many others. He has also written an inspiring memoir, The Boy with No Shoes. Winter is the conclusion to his Hyddenworld fantasy quartet, following Awakening, Harvest and Winter. William has worked as a teacher, in recruitment and as a journalist and is now a full-time writer living in Oxford.

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The Winter volume of the Hyddenworld tetralogy rounds off this seasonal series in a wonderfully effective manner. The writing, as always is lyrical and poetic, at times exuberant and emotional, at other times romantic and searing.
It is important in a review of any book, but especially the last in a series, that no spoilers are revealed so I will concentrate on general themes. It is a great shame that the book shops at present are full of cook books, ghost written "autobiographies" of so-called celebrities and annual books churned out by authors who write in a formulaic way which proves to be surprisingly successful, although the number of such tomes that appear in bargain bins in the New Year reveal that too many were printed or that the authors are not as popular as their publishers wish us to believe.
Due to all these rather cheap looking volumes with very few gems [unlike the the seasonal gems portrayed in the Hyddenworld books] to be seen and the mass of so-called amusing Christmas books with famous names on the front (but usually that is the extent of their involvement) Mr Horwood's wonderful books struggle to find space to be displayed. His vision for this series was not carved in the menhirs of Stonehenge but was more organically formed such as the flora of Duncton Wood. This can be seen by the way the titles of some of the books changed before publication, the way the first book had some substantial changes before its appearance in paperback, the acknowledgements that William Horwood makes at the end of this book in which he thanks his structural editor and also another editor who was unconnected to the publishers for their support and advice. Even the covers of the books changed in style after the first one from a photographic image to a pastel style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Conclusion to the series 16 Mar 2014
This is the final book in the Hyddenworld series, and Stort has to locate the final gem and return it to the Shield Maiden.

England is experiencing the prophesied End of Days, and both human and Hydden are surfing from the environmental and geological disasters that are taking place. The barriers between the human world and that of the Hydden are more blurred, with human activity starting to happen in their domain now. And in the midst of all this Katherine, Jack, Stort and the others are desperate to find this last gem. At the search become more desperate, event start to catch up with them, and they start to fight for their very lives.

I really enjoyed all the others in the series, and it is nice to not have a trilogy, as you so often find. I didn't think that the plot was quite as strong in this book as the previous ones. There were a couple of chapters that I could not work out why they were included, and i really didn't get the Mister Boots part. IT is a pointer to the human waste and destruction of the world, and the underlying point is that we should respect the planet as we do not have a complete idea of the damage we are doing.

That said, it is a great urban fantasy world that he has created. I hope that he writes some more on stories set in this world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A much better effort 5 Feb 2014
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The culmination of the series is gathering impulsion. I have to say that this series has been a little bit of a struggle for Horwood. The writing is lovely, the sense of place excellent, but somehow hasn't caught fire like the Duncton series. I always find his books worth reading, but some are better than others. It could be that on rereading the set it will improve with familiarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The End of Days for Englalond? 12 Jan 2014
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It seemed very appropriate to be reading this book in the Winter of 2013-14, in an England with coasts battered by storms and lands flooded, cutting off places in the west, from power and civilisation, as happens in the fictional "Englalond".

After three wonderful books, it seemed quite sad to be coming to a conclusion and the first half is pervaded by sadness affecting all our main players, after the death of Arthur and with seemingly no way to stem the natural disasters overtaking England and the Hyddenworld. Once again the writing draws you in and you want to know more about Jack, Katherine and Stort, as well as all the Hydden characters we have got to know throughout this series.

As the book begins we have all of these characters together in the west country - but they split into two parties as the adventure proceeds and we learn more about all of their backstories, at the same time as the action keeps everybody moving. But all they discover (whether by land or sea) is devastation and the realisation that "Humans" (us) have caused irreversible damage to the world - climate change being a big part of this.

Some of those in the human world realise that possibly the only hope lies in the Hyddenworld, but their involvement only seems to make things worse - the US intelligence forces are humiliated, but they do succeed in hindering the small band of characters that we have been following thoughout. The joy of this series has been that it is a very "English" fantasy and there is no surprise that the US are seen very much as the "bad guys" and where the wrongs need to be righted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent end to a great series
William Horwood has produced another great series. I Have now read all he has written and await the next book in his varied genre.
Published 4 months ago by martin musgrave
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
I have to say I was a little disappointed with the book, not going to spoil it for anyone but I'd rather have left it at the end of the third book personally
Published 5 months ago by CC32
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
A thoroughly enoyable quartet of books and couldn't wait to get the last one!
Well worth the read and storyline. If only the world was full of Hydden.
Published 6 months ago by S P HARLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative!
I first came across the work of William Horwood when I read Duncton Wood many years ago. That I enjoyed tremendously but nothing comes close to the 4 books relating to the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pyewacket
5.0 out of 5 stars Hyddenworld
I have thoroughly enjoyed all four books in this series as I have enjoyed all the other books written by William Horwood . I look forward to his next book.
Published 7 months ago by mark newton sears
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous winter reading
Have just finished Harvest & Winter back to back, over the last five days. Both books were totally engrossing resulting in some very late nights, as I couldn't put them down & go... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Imaginative
The final book in the Hyddenworld series is truly beautiful. I would agree with Book Beaver's assessment in his review that this is a five star book, because it manages to create... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jackie Brockway
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