Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Sunday 26th October 2014 - 18:07:33

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Fantasy > The City of a Hundred Rows - 1 - City of Dreams and Nightmare review

« Slingshot NZ reviewSlingshot NZPlague Ship reviewPlague Ship »

Advertising...

See your advert here!
Sick of adverts? Click here to join up for free and be rid of them.

Score: 9.8/10  [1 review]
5 out of 5
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
Price:
$22.99
Supplier:
Click to search for all products supplied by HarperCollins
Available:
March 2010
Buy it:
Search for this on MightyApe.co.nz

The City of a Hundred Rows - 1 - City of Dreams and Nightmare product reviews

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...

Check out HarperCollins onlineClick here to see all the listings for HarperCollins Visit their website Follow them on Twitter Check them out on Facebook



Tags:
aliens   city   lifeforce   mutants   paranormal
Other listings you may be interested in:
My Grandma is GreatMy Grandma is Great
Rating: 10.0
Paradise - A Photographic Journey through NZParadise - A Photographic Journey through NZ
Rating: 6.8
Benji the BuccaneerBenji the Buccaneer
Rating: 7.6
Ella and Olivia - Friends Forever StoriesElla and Olivia - Friends Forever Stories
Rating: 9.8
Covert-One : The Paris OptionCovert-One : The Paris Option
Rating: 9.0
The Circle Open 2: Street MagicThe Circle Open 2: Street Magic
Rating: 9.5
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ChroniclesThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles
Rating: 8.5
Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks (Junior Edition)Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks (Junior Edition)
Rating: 10.0
Nights Masque - 1 - The Alchemist of SoulsNights Masque - 1 - The Alchemist of Souls
Rating: 9.8
The Inheritance Cycle : 2 : EldestThe Inheritance Cycle : 2 : Eldest

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of tucker

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

Link to this review Report this review

 

This Review Score:
Score 10 out of 10

Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
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.

Guest comments...

comments powered by Disqus

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 8.0
Product reviews for listing 2098: Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to Dad's Cafe -  Author: Diana Neild and Philip Webb

Product image for Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig Goes to DadPiggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig was a smart sort of name for a small sort of pig.

Piggity-Wiggity has been feeling a bit poorly, so Mum has a special treat in store for him... a trip to Dad's Cafe for lunch!

But Piggity-Wiggity doesn't recognise all those fancy foods on the menu... whatever will he eat?

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend"
Paul Sweeney

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream