Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

The Wind City The Wind City
by Summer Wigmore
Steam Press

Supplied for review by Steam Press

Reviewed By: Jacqui Smith

"Once Upon a Time" in Wellington… Actually its more "Lost Girl" in Wellington, since the urban fantasy elements here are the fairy folk of Maori mythology. They even have their own café! I’d been wondering when somebody was going to write an urban fantasy based around our very own mythical creatures and here it is. And it’s a whole lot of fun.

Wise-cracking main characters, one of whom is quite plainly off his rocker, and a keen sense of humour help a lot, as does the setting, firmly in the Wellington we know quite well (I’m no expert, Aucklander that I am). There are cracks though… some characters’ actions that simply did not make sense, in the context of what they could know at that point. The phrase "non sequitor" comes to mind. But I can ignore that in the rollicking pleasure of imagining taniwha and patupaiarehe in the context of modern day Aotearoa.

A couple of urban sprites made me wonder if Wigmore has come across the "Shadowrun" role-playing game. The people were interesting, too… Oh, and Maui, let’s not forget him, up to his tricks again. On balance, this book makes an excellent start to what will, no doubt, be an illustrious writing career, and I look forward to seeing what Summer does next.

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