The City's Son by Tom Pollock
(The Skyscraper Throne)

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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.
 

About Tom Pollock

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A longtime fan of science fiction and fantasy, Tom PollocA longtime fan of science fiction and fantasy, Tom Pollock has spectacularly failed to grow out of his obsession withk has spectacularly failed to grow out of his obsession with things that don't, in the strictest sense of the word, exis things that don't, in the strictest sense of the word, exist. He has his master of fine arts degree from Sussex Universt. He has his master of fine arts degree from Sussex University and also holds a master's degree in philosophy and econoity and also holds a master's degree in philosophy and economics from Edinburgh University. Pollock works for a global smics from Edinburgh University. Pollock works for a global shipping firm based in London. His travels have taken him evehipping firm based in London. His travels have taken him everywhere from Scotland to Sumatra, but the peculiar magic of rywhere from Scotland to Sumatra, but the peculiar magic of London has always drawn him back. London has always drawn him back.
 
Published August 2, 2012 by Jo Fletcher Books. 465 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Beth's coming-of-age is presented in uneven, symbolic prose that sometimes overreaches, littering her tale with overwrought metaphor, but it also rises to poetry in its loving affection for London's filth and scars.

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In debut author Pollock’s alternately glittering and gritty urban fantasy, first in the Skyscraper Throne trilogy, London is a secret battleground between the forces of the god Reach, “the Crane King,” who would devastate the city with soulless and sterile urban development, and Mater Viae,...

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City Book Review

There are voice-eating spiders, aristocrats that live inside of mirrors, and gods who walk the streets of the city unbeknownst to the general population.

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BellaOnline

Beth's eyes are opened to a world she has never seen, a world she never dreamed existed, and a life she never knew she was possible.

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Starburst Magazine

Along the way, we (and Beth) are introduced to the various fantastical denizens of London, and it’s here where the author’s imagination truly shines.

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Strange Horizons

Before discussing the secret world (the world Beth goes into), however, I'd like to discuss the real world (the world Beth and I come from).

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The British Fantasy Society

The book is labelled as a YA book, but it neither panders to its potential readers nor shies away from reality – both the real world and the fantasy elements have hard, difficult, dark elements, in them.

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Gr 7 Up—When 16-year-old Beth is exiled from her world, she stumbles upon a hidden, magical layer of London. Filius Viae, crown prince of the streets, was born into a realm constantly at war. As Beth gets more deeply involved in magical London, her love for the Pylon Spiders, glass people, and ot...

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