Thursday, 15 August 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Skyscraper Throne 2: The Glass Republic - Tom Pollock

Release Date: 01/08/13
Publisher:  Jo Fletcher Books


Pen's life is all about secrets: the secret of the city's spirits, deities and monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly - and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror. Pen's reflected twin is the only girl who really understands her.

Then Parva is abducted and Pen makes a terrible bargain for the means to track her down. In London-Under-Glass, looks are currency, and Pen's scars make her a rare and valuable commodity. But some in the reflected city will do anything to keep Pen from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face.

The Glass Republic is the gripping sequel to The City's Son, and the second book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy.


The second book in the Skyscraper Throne series and one that continues to build upon the success of the first as Tom Pollock’s modern Urban Fantasy follows the character of Parva Khan in this outing. It’s a novel of pain, a story of forgiveness and above all else it’s a story about finding yourself through action. Its quirky, has some moments of lightness but with the creeping edge of dark within it really makes this a novel that is worth spending quite a bit of time with.

As with the original the characters really shine as believable people which when added to the fantastical goes to show that Tom is an author who really loves to take you on a journey of discovery. Back that up with solid prose, some great turns of phrase and all round I was more than happy with this title.

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