Liz Williams is one of my favorite writers. Her first novel, a faux-Jack Vance pastiche called The Poison Master, thrilled me. Williams’ latest book, Comet Weather, features four sisters from Somerset, England who have “powers” to talk to trees and stars.

Each sister has her own talents and they come into play when their mother, Alys, disappears and the police claim she’s dead (although no body has been found). The sisters think their mother is still alive and they follow clues to see if they can locate her.

Along the way shapeshifters, ghosts, parallel worlds, and time travel come into play. If you’re looking for an involving novel with strong women characters and plenty of plot surprises, I recommend Comet Weather. A sequel, Blackthorne Winter, is planned. I love the cover by Ian Whates! GRADE: A-

16 thoughts on “COMET WEATHER By Liz Williams

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    I read a couple of her earlier novels which I liked, then she sort of fell of my radar. I’ll keep this in mind.

  2. Beth Fedyn

    I haven’t heard of the book or the author either, George.
    These do sound interesting.
    I’m sneaking into the bookstore this afternoon (the public isn’t allowed but temporarily furloughed employees can get in thru the back door) and I’ll order it then.

  3. Todd Mason

    I’m both mildly surprised and not at all surprised that Williams, one of the bright stars of the last decade or so in speculative fiction, but as you note not hugely prolific and not so very much a self-promoter, is getting a lot of Who She?s from the assembled.

    For the hell of it, I’ll dub her the/a Liza Cody of fantastica in terms of talent and lack of recognition among outsiders to the field.


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