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City of Hope and Despair - Ian Whates

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The second book in the City of a Hundred Rows series.


They call it the City of a Hundred Rows.

The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below, and Demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.

The street-nick Tom must find the source of the great river Thair and perhaps learn the secret of his own strange powers.The assassin Dewar must redeem himself.

The Prime Master desperately seeks the cure for bone flu - a mysterious and deadly malady that is striking down the talented in Thaiburley's highest Rows.

Kat, the renegade nick, forms an uneasy alliance with her sister Charveve, and the two lead the Tattooed Men through the dark streets of the City Below in search of the Soul Thief: the evil monster that murdered their mother and consigned both girls to the gladitorial hellhole known as the Pits.Welcome back to Thaiburley, the City of 100 Rows, the City of Dreams. where the nightmare has only just begun.

File Under: Fantasy [ Towering City | Ancient Secrets | Assassins & Gods | Soul Thief! ]


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Praise and Reviews for City of Dreams & Nightmare:

"Whates's assured prose, slick pacing and inventive imagination make for a gripping read. His first novel is the work of a born storyteller."
- The Guardian

"City of Dreams & Nightmare grabs you pretty much from the first page and then you really do not want to put it down since it just twists and turns and the threads following the main characters above are all deftly handled with very smooth jumps and several crucial interludes following the "true movers and shakers" of the novel. Highly recommended as a strong A and a fun, page turning sff adventure that will enchant all fans of such."
- Fantasy Book Critic

"There is such a great deal to recommend about this book from the imaginative elements like the cyborg type creatures and common use of magic and the incidental touches that Ian describes, to the strange city with it's myriad levels and unusual inhabitants. There is also a real sense of a living, breathing city with insights into the various ways [the city of] Thaiburley works. City of Dreams & Nightmare is a brilliantly executed novel, perfectly paced, beautifully described and a true joy to read."
- SFBook.com


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