The Winter Road – 2018 (Orbit)

The greatest empire of them all began with a road.

The Circle – a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try.

With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Amondsen embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord rises in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorising its people. Teyr’s battles may not be over yet . . .

All roads lead back to war.

Listen to the opening of the novel…

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Reviews & Quotes

Slowly Red’s Youtube review

“This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. It’s adult and grim, but instead of the nihilism and bleakness of much Grimdark these days it has a streak of love and hope running through the heart of it. Most of that is to be found in the central character, Teyr Amondsen. She’s flawed, vulnerable and also as hard as nails. I loved her, I loved this book. Highly recommended.” John Gwynne

“This is a fantasy abundant with conflict, heartache and the trials of human nature, with a female protagonist who stands up proudly on the modern bookshelf exhibiting that strength and determination of the fantasy heroine that readers want to see.” The British Fantasy Society

“The Winter Road is one of the strongest standalone fantasy novels I have ever read.” Sean Barrs, Fantasy Book Review

“Teyr is one of the most remarkable characters I’ve ever read. These are the type of characters that matter. Characters that leave a lasting impact on a readers soul.” The Grim Dragon

“Damn, what a good book! The blurb does not do this one justice at all.” Captain’s Quarters blog

“I was drawn to the darkness in The Winter Road and I absolutely loved it!” The Tattooed Book Geek

“To put it simply, The Winter Road is grimdark with a heart. There’s the oppressive atmosphere that grimdark fans will be familiar with, but there’s also an undercurrent of genuine love.” The Fantasy Inn

“Dark, uncompromising, ambitious, but brilliant.” The Fantasy Hive

“The Winter Road is an emotionally-charged, epic journey featuring one of the strongest heroines you’ll come across.” Reviews&Robots

“Teyr is one of the strongest female characters you will ever come across and this was incredibly refreshing and a joy to experience.” Nick Borelli

Articles and Interviews

Author Spotlight at The Fantasy Hive

My review of ‘A Stranger in Olondria’ for SFX magazine

Where to buy The Winter Road

The Winter Road on Amazon US/UK

The Winter Road on Barnes&Noble

The Winter Road on Waterstones