The Wind City

Our third book for 2013 is The Wind City, by Summer Wigmore. The Steam Press crew were bowled away by this novel and we have every expectation that it will quickly become the classic New Zealand urban fantasy.

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

The Wind City has no shortage of imagination on display, and the highly irregular plotline and intensely colourful characters show there is much promise in this young woman’s pen... This combination of fable, folklore and almost Facebook-like quips is mostly a playful read. A fun-filled romp firmly aimed at the under-30s.” – New Zealand Listener

“In a Kiwi answer to Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Wigmore fills Wellington with pockets of magic. Fiercely contemporary... weds the pacing and edge of urban fantasy to the epic scope of myth. With New Zealand’s fantasy market dominated by American and European imports, Wigmore’s un-abashed celebration of Aotearoa’s landscape, history and culture is inspiring.” – New Zealand Books

The Wind City is a startling debut novel for a nineteen-year-old writer. More to the point, this is a startling novel for a writer of any age, at any stage of their career: first book or tenth.” – James Guthrie, Wellingtonista

“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.” – Landfall

“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

The Wind City will be remembered for more than just its cast of outlandish otherworldly identities... [it is a] well-researched expose on the creatures of Maori folklore, a hitherto largely-unexplored subject in our history of modern-day storytelling.” – Waikato Times

“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

Go on – you know you want to...

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The Wind City

Summer Wigmore

ISBN: 9780992257866

Pages: 328

Paperback RRP: NZ$30

ebook RRP: NZ$9


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