Tuesday, 9 February 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: Hyddenworld: Spring - William Horwood


The adventure of a lifetime is just beginning . . .

It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England – a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire. It is the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon CraeftLords in memory of the one he loved. Her name was Spring and contained in the very heart of this work is a spark from the Fires of Creation.

But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the Hydden – little people existing on the borders of our world – have not. Breaking the silence of centuries they send one of their own, a young boy, Jack, to live among humans in the hope that he may one day find what has been lost for so long. His journey leads him to Katherine, a girl he rescues from a tragic accident ¬– it’s a meeting that will change everything. It is only through their voyage into the dangerous Hyddenworld that they will realize their destiny, find love and complete the great quest that will save both their worlds from destruction.

Their journey begins with Spring . . .


A real gem of a novel and whilst I have read his work before, this title came as not only a nice surprise but really shows how his style has changed not only with age but with the skills obtained through previous pieces.

Its colourful, its incredibly creative and this new series is one that will soon become a firm favourite of many fans of the genre. Add to the mix great descriptiveness and cracking character as well as world building and this title really is a real joy to read and will whet the appetite for future outings. I just can’t wait to see what William does and many readers will soon be recommending this to others. Get on the train before the hype hit’s as this currently unknown piece is just the type of book that deserves your hard earned cash. You won’t regret it.

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