The City's Son (Skyscraper Throne Series #1)by Tom Pollock
When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she meets Filius Viae, London's ragged crown
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 meets 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-a story about family, friends, and monsters, and how you can't always tell which is which.
"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
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Meet 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.
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Completely novel world - loved it.
I really tried to read it, but after i got through about 6 chapters, i was so confused i had to stop reading. so i started skipping ahead and skimming the book, and became even more confused as things went along. I got to the end, and was thoroughly disappointed, though it was a slightly happy ending though even that was a bit confusing. No, more than a bit. I don't know what to think of this book, but it says a lot if i just ended up skimming it.
I had to stop reading the discription when I got to the part aboit Beth being a graffiti artist. I'm sorry, but graffiti is not a profession and its definitly not art. Its vandilism. Simple as that.