The City's Son
|Series:||The Skyscraper Throne|
2012. A trade paperback copy in fine, unmarked condition.
Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, 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, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London's ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul's Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love. 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.
'It's gritty, dynamic, and beautiful - I can't wait for more' Tessa Gratton. 'The imagination with which Pollock reinvigorates the city is astounding ... A wonderfully confident debut that will have even the most critical fantasy fans clamouring for more' Fantasy Book Review. 'Paints a wildly inventive portrait of a London that will fill you with fearsome delight ... The writing is electrifying, the characters fascinating' Karen Mahoney. 'An impeccably dark parable, endlessly inventive and utterly compelling' Mike Carey. 'He nails that spot between utterly normal and blood-curdlingly weird perfectly' John Courtenay Grimwood. 'Bold, and weird, and quite, quite wonderful, The City's Son is the very definition of urban fantasy. Just glorious' Adam Christopher. 'a really entertaining and enjoyable story ... it's fast paced, brimming with imagination, and the characterisation is excellent' A Mad Man With A Blog. 'Completely new and wholly unique' Verb Vixen.
Tom Pollock is a graduate of the Sussex University Creative Writing Programme, and a member of the London-based writers' group The T-Party. He has lived everywhere from Scotland to Sumatra, but the peculiar magic of London has always drawn him back.