A present day / historical fantasy loan from Hazel, which, together with the follow up, Wyntertide, provided a fun read after the more sombre The Garden of Evening Mists.
Jonah Oblong is an Outsider, hired to teach Modern History – 1800 onwards only – at Rotherweird school.
Rotherweird is an independent and isolated rural enclave, a train ride from central London.
Oblong discovers a mediaeval-eqsue market town, complete with an Olde Englande architecture and economy, Heath Robinson inventions and inventors, both eccentric and scientific, surrounded and supported by a Darling Buds of May-eque Countryside – and becomes embroiled in a plot that races along powered by large dollops of magic and mystery, murder and mayhem.
And the author is not at all what I’d expected, given similar loans from Hazel by Ben Aaronovitch and Benedict Jacka.
Publisher page: Rotherweird – Andrew Caldecott