The Wind City
Our third book for 2013 is
Wellington. The wind city. New Zealand’s home of art and culture, but darker forces, forgotten forces, are starting to reappear. Aotearoa’s displaced iwi atua – the patupaiarehe, taniwha, and ponaturi of legend – have decided to make Wellington their home, and while some have come looking for love, others have arrived in search of blood.
A war is coming, and few can stand in their way. Saint (lovably fearless, temporarily destitute, currently unable to find a shirt) may be our only hope. Tony, suddenly unemployed and potentially a taniwha herself, has little choice but to accept the role her bloodline dictates. And Hinewai, who fell with the rain? If she can’t find her one true love, there’s a good chance that none will live to see the morning.
Wellington will never be the same again.
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Praise for The Wind City
Shortlisted for the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Award for best novel
“In a Kiwi answer to Neil Gaiman’s
“From the very first page, it is clear that this is something different. The writing is exuberant, the descriptions fantastical and vividly New Zealand. In such a small country, stories set right here at home are rare enough, let alone anything that perfectly illustrates the essence of ‘kiwi-ness’. Wigmore has brought Maori myth to life in a completely new, unexpected way.” – NZ Booklovers
“Wigmore’s plotting is deft... her prose really shines... and the plot bounces along like an umbrella stolen by the wind. This is a confident, vivacious first novel.” – Booksellers NZ
“An intensely lively work of fiction, with a complex and well-thought-out plot which continues to deliver surprises right to the end.” –
“A rollicking contemporary fairy tale set within an instantly recognisable Wellington. It’s whimsical, fast-paced, and packed with a cast of wise-cracking atua who could talk the leg off of Matt Smith’s Dr Who.” – Sarah Dunn
“[Summer Wigmore’s] descriptions of mythological characters and aspects to Wellington are lyrical, fluid and utterly beautiful. There were times when I had to stop and reread a sentence or paragraph because I loved it so much...” – On The Nightstand
“Wise-cracking main characters... a keen sense of humour... this book makes an excellent start to what will, no doubt, be an illustrious writing career.” – SFFANZ Reviews
“A whirlwind tour of Wellington that will change the way you see the capital city forever... Summer Wigmore has captured the heart of Wellington, and the soul too.” – Beattie’s Book Blog