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The City s Son Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass skineed dancers with glowing veins light the streets When a

  • Title: The City's Son
  • Author: Tom Pollock
  • ISBN: 9781780870076
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • The City's Son By Tom Pollock, Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass skineed 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 whenHidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass skineed 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 a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can t always tell which is which.

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    1. This book is an analogue to all those stories where the main characters have a deep connection to nature and supernatural elements of the natural world London is the setting here, and every element arises from the built environment of the City.To say Pollock has brought the City to life would be an understatement The setting is so richly drawn and integral to the story that it really is almost a character itself The main living characters Fil, Beth, and Pen are equally well realised, and each co [...]

    2. This review is from my June 2017 reread, having first read this book soon after it came out.Beth Bradley is a young artist who has increasingly been spending time on the streets as her father fails to cope with the death of her mother Beth s best friend Pen Khan is usually her partner in crime, but when she unexpectedly turns on her, Beth turns to the streets and an encounter with a strange teenage boy named Filius Viae Filius s world is a very different city with train ghosts, lamp people and a [...]

    3. The City s Son reminded me of Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere, with its hidden London full of mysterious beings and supernatural elements Indeed, London itself is the most memorable character in this book Our guide, whom the reader follows into this netherworld, is an ordinary girl, Beth A talented artist, she s slipped into delinquency since her mother s death Emotionally, she relies heavily on her best friend, Pen When the evidence suggests that Pen has ratted her out and betrayed her, she runs away [...]

    4. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 201So, on my ongoing quest to read original and offbeat Young Adult titles, my journey has led me to The City s Son by Tom Pollock I d heard great things about this book, along with some descriptions of it that are just way in the realm of the bizarre and uncanny In other words, it sounded right up my alley The novel follows Beth Bradley, a young graffiti artist seeking escape after being sold out by her best friend in an incident that suspends he [...]

    5. 4.5 out of 5Firstly, I d like to do a little backpedaling To the people who have only given this book a 1 Star or a Didn t Finish because it was either too difficult or there was too much going on you are morons and I can only surmise that the writing was at a level of intelligence beyond your comprehension This is an intelligent YA book, oozing with charisma, beautifully detailed and not totally fixated on a vapid, predictable love triangle You only have to watch the author interview video to s [...]

    6. You need to know one thing before you delve into this review I am making a conscious effort to not continue books I don t feel much for Ever since I joined GoodReads last year, I ve felt incredible guilty about DNFing novels, but on every account, I ve either finished a bad book and given it a bad rating or finished a good book that just didn t work for me and given it an indifferent rating Either way, by reading just over half the novel, I am able to discern whether the book is worth my time or [...]

    7. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog Welcome to a London come alive with voice eating spiders, mirror dwelling aristocrats, and talking lights that literally dance upon the streets A London where Gods and Goddesses walk the roads unnoticed by the normal human population, and fight one another for preeminence and control over their decaying world Welcome to Tom Pollock s The City s Son, a novel that redefines both the urban and fantasy in the urban fantasy genre a novel that brings a whole ne [...]

    8. Urban Fantasy is a genre defined by setting and the very excellent The City s Son is a prime example of it in it, London comes to life and is a character as much as its protagonists The City has its own arc and its tale interconnects with those of the other characters in both obvious and subtle ways The great City of London is at the brink of destruction as an old threat surfaces from the ashes and is building itself up Reach, the King of Cranes is a God of demolition be gone old masonry buildin [...]

    9. Rating 2.5Having been completely taken aback and confused by this storyline, that didn t stop The City s Son from still creeping me out All I have to say is What just happened As far as the creep factor, I can t quite put my finger on why I felt this way I do know I was thoroughly confused and perplexed for most of the book, you ll see why later However, I have no doubt that the next installments are going to involve an epic showdown But unfortunately, since this book wasn t quite for me, I ll h [...]

    10. 2.5 StarsI ve waited writing my review for this one because I ve been trying to figure out what exactly it was that made me not really care for it and even now I m still not sure, which is nerve wrecking because I always have a list of reasons why I did or did not enjoy a book The book itself is a YA Urban Fantasy and the synopsis sounded like something I would enjoy, it s about Fil and Beth Beth is a sixteen year old girl who paints all of London with her street art She has a tough life at home [...]

    11. Wow That took me a month, because of school and stuff but that was really good I can t wait to continue on the trilogy.

    12. I love urban fantasy and was excited by the synopsis for The City s Son When I requested it, I had no idea of the treasure I found This urban fantasy is bloody brilliant Pollock took me on one heck of a ride through the streets of London along the Thames River and I am still in awe about how truly magnificent this tale was Pollock is pure genius He weaved a breathtaking fantasy, with spectacular characters and a plot that kept me riveted Beth Bradley runs away after her friend betrays her and he [...]

    13. I seem to keep pushing off writing this review, because I m not sure I really know what to say Overall, I just wish I liked it than I did I liked the ideas of the story which reminded me heavily of the MAtthew Swift series by Kate Griffin I had some issues with that story, too, mainly it felt overwritten, but reading this made me want to get back to that series In some ways, this book these books excapsulate what, to me, urban fantasy should be or, at least, what it can be a story in which the [...]

    14. Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she s never truly seen.So, in my recent book buying spree, one of the things I was specifically looking for was the next book in my quest for terrific Urban Fantasy this one kept po [...]

    15. How many times have I seen this story in the last few years, namely ordinary person stumbles into a magical other London and find themselves part of a struggle between these weird inhabitants and some other enemy I can count at least half a dozen examples that I ve read, and I was tempted to knock half a star off for having yet another London based fantasy story.Of course, if the plot is not new, then the world building and characterisation need to make a book like this stand apart Of the former [...]

    16. This is young adult urban fantasy It is set in a magical London Sound familiar It should, this has been done many times What makes this worth the read is Pollack s ability to be so descriptive that it creeps you out Like a lot of other reviewers the voice stealing, telephone wire walking spiders will stick with me for a while So will the mirror dwellers This city literally is alive For fans of Gaiman.

    17. Super excited to read this but will wait until a bit closer to publication date Sounds very familiar to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman which is one of my favourite books of all time I hope it s not a carbon copy however.

    18. I loved The City s Son so much, I worried that I won t have the words to describe how I feel It turns out that I have a lot of words for how amazing this book is.You see, this city is built on a lot of things brick and stone and river clay, but under that, under everything, the city is built on bargains Those re the true foundations of the city, those intricate contracts Deals are sacred here.Firstly, we have to talk about Pollock s London, because in many ways, this book is an ode to urban Lond [...]

    19. Beth and Pen are the closest of friends Beth is an artist and Pen a poet and together they cope with school and family issues, but they have a particular problem at the moment with a teacher who is repeatedly bullying Pen Beth supports her friend through this as best she can, and indulges in a touch of late night graffiti on the school grounds in revenge.But this leads to a schism between the two friends and Beth s expulsion She has no support at home her father is in a deep many year depression [...]

    20. Railwraiths, lightbulb militia, punishment priests, and scaffolding wolves Tom Pollock did something marvelous with The City s Son He created a populace of people that inhabit a city and yet are made of the city itself The story has a quick enough pace to have you sitting up and paying attention as the action flings you through the pages.The details are rich and often disturbing Pollock has a great descriptive writing style that wasn t over the top for me I could visualize the creatures and peop [...]

    21. I really wanted to give this one a higher rating, but in the end I couldn t quite bring myself to round up to a four star rating It wasn t quite enough for such a thing to happen It was a fun read yet my hopes had been higher.To be honest, I think I went in expecting the wrong thing from this book I found it in Poundland, which is often a case of hit and miss Sometimes you find real gems hidden in Poundland I mean, I found Laini Taylor the one time and other times you find the kinds of books tha [...]

    22. Friendship is man s greatest good It s a sentiment from time immemorial or at least back to Socrates And most wondrous strange, The City s Son feels like an old friend already Though it is completely new and wholly unique, it sings the song of old human truths of friendship and love, sacrifice and bravery, of fear and loss It is the type of book that has you holding your breath to the very last page, and upon coming to that end your exhalation brings painful, blissful relief The plot reminds me [...]

    23. London City is alive When Beth and her best friend Pen are caught spraying graffiti at their school, Pen turns Beth in Reeling from the betrayal, Beth stumbles into another London, one where railwraiths transport memories of passengers, where the lights are living glass people who dance at night, where the statues are imprisoned men, repaying their debts to their absent goddess, and where a danger threatens the very essence of the city that no one sees And that city has a son.Wow, I m not sure h [...]

    24. In the black and white reactions to fantasy, I come down here on the dark side of just not buying it A hidden living mechanical aspect to London in which a boy holds dominion over a variety of urban creatures that serve him, loyal to his absent Mater Viae, mother of the streets streetlamps and an adviser newly created each day of prime trash and malevolent spectral locomotives Filius faces a challenge from Reach, another power player in the shadow world of the City, and he meets a girl called Be [...]

    25. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty This novel puts the URBAN in fantasy, with the magic found in the oil and asphalt and metal that make London, pulling the reader in with developing characters and high stakes, even if the plot runs thin in places.Opening Sentence I m hunting.The Review Beth Bradley is a talented tagger Her work stains the walls of London in everything from paint to chalk her most recent work the portrait of a certain teacher at her school It isn t a flattering inte [...]

    26. The City s Son, an urban fantasy d but by Tom Pollock, is a book that has me umming and ahhing and chewing my bottom lip.I m still not entirely sure what I thought of this book, but I am sure that it was not what I expected Somewhere between the synopsis and the story, something was lost, swept away in the murky, magical ether between, and I m left unsure how to explain my feelings about it.There aren t many books that have left me scratching my head, trying to figure out whether I m coming or g [...]

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