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The City's Son (Skyscraper Throne #1) (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the Skyscraper Throne series.
"An impeccably dark parable, endlessly inventive and utterly compelling" --M R Carey, author of The Girl with all the Gifts
Beth's world is falling apart. Then she discovers a hidden London, full of marvels, magic . . . and menace. Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.
When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, Beth stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London's ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone the most. For an ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul's Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war. Desperate to find a way to save the city they both love, they find themselves in a desperate race through this bizarre urban wonderland, but when Beth's best friend is captured, she must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.
The City's Son is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy: a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can't always tell which is which.
About the Author
Tom Pollock is a graduate of the Sussex University creative writing program. In 2013, The Guardian named him one of the twenty best young novelists in science fiction. He lives and writes in London.
"Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black"—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"An impeccably dark parable, endlessly inventive and utterly compelling"—Mike Carey, author of The Unwritten, Lucifer and X-Men
"I cannot say enough times that you need to read this book. Intelligent, true to its genre, and the most fun thing I've read this fall"—San Francisco Book Review
"Vivid, inventive and truly weird"—Daily Mail
"Gritty, dynamic, and beautiful - I can't wait for more"—Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic
"One of the most imaginative pieces of genre fiction I've ever read"—Fantasy-faction.com
"He nails that spot between utterly normal and blood-curdlingly weird perfectly"—Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the Assassini novels
"A delicious and truly urban fantasy which makes wonderful use of its setting and explores what cities really are. If you like urban fantasy, you should definitely check this book out!"—Jellyfish Reads
"There's something here for everyone; excitement, adventure, innovation and also depth of narrative, depth of world and, most important, depth of personality and emotion"—Adventures With Words
"The world building and imagination are first class"—Birmingham SF Group
"[Pollock's] a fine stylist who can tell a good yarn. There's an urban energy and feel to this book that is so appropriate to the story it tells."—Fed on Peaches
"a good, fun YA book that feels like a solid start to an interesting series reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere."—Roadside Reader