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Score: 9.8/10  [1 review]
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ProdID: 2551 - The City of a Hundred Rows - 1 - City of Dreams and Nightmare -  Written by Ian Whates

The City of a Hundred Rows - 1 - City of Dreams and Nightmare
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They call it "The City of a Hundred Rows". The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis. The poor live in the City Below, and demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.

Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, street thief Tom has to run for his life. Down through the vast city he is pursued by sky-bourne assassins, Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city.

His only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she has secrets of her own...

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 19th of April, 2010

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This Review Score:
Score 10 out of 10

Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 10 out of 10
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Score 10 out of 10

It's not too often I come across something totally new, and in the 'fantasy' genre as well, that can grab me in the same way as one of my perennial 'sci-fi' favourites. This offering from Ian Whates was one such 'new favourite' in the making I suspect.

The story starts of slightly vague, drawing the reader into the story 'just until you understand why...' by which time, of course, you are hooked. Tom is a wonderful character, with abilities beyond the norm for a 'street-nick' like him from the lowest levels of the City Below - though not, as it transpires, much more than purely commonplace for those of the higher reaches of Thaiburly, such as the Arkademics and Masters. As the book progresses, Tom begins to trust in his abilities, and use them effectively instead of haphazardly, and from this begins to realise his importance in the complicated dance of destruction going on around him.

Kat has secrets of her own, darker more bloody secrets, which get revealed as the plot progresses... despite the depths of her that get revealed, I have to wonder how big a part she's going to play in the ongoing saga.

Overall, this gives me the same feeling I got when I started to read the Mortal Engines series: Something big in the making, and this is just the quiet beginnings. The 'supernatural' aspect is well played, with it being integrated as a function of the city itself, rather than some form of supernatural, external power... the twists and interconnected plots are amazingly well done and though predictable at first, soon devolve into a far simpler, but far less predictable web of doublecross and deceit. An auspicious start to something that shows all the hallmarks of an astounding series in the making.

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