City of a Hundred Rows

City of Dreams & Nightmare

City of a Hundred Rows, Book 1

Publisher: Angry Robot
THEY CALL IT "THE CITY OF A HUNDRED ROWS".

City of Dreams & Nightmare is the first in a series of novels set in one of the most extraordinary fantasy settings since Gormenghast - the ancient vertical city of Thaiburley. From its towering palatial heights to the dregs who dwell in The City Below, this is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, 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-borne assassins, sinister Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city. Accused of the crime, he must use all of his knowledge of this ancient city to flee a certain death; his only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she has secrets of her own...

File Under: Fantasy [ Towering City | Ancient Secrets | Murder Most Foul | Kite Guard! ]

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CITY OF DREAMS & NIGHTMARE, by Ian Whates
Book 1 of City of a Hundred Rows

CHAPTER ONE
 
Only men of the right sort were eligible to join the Kite Guard. Only those with families of sufficient standing and the proper pedigree were even permitted to apply. Tylus qualified. Just.

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PRAISE FOR

"Adventures in a nightmare citadel - a story that hits the ground running and doesn't let up." - Liz Williams

"Born story-teller Ian Whates takes us on a gripping, terrifying trip-of-a-lifetime, through the heights and depths of the exotically grim city of Thaiburley, in this excellent fantasy thriller." - Tanith Lee

"[It] grabs you pretty much from the first page... Highly recommended." - Fantasy Book Critic

"City of Dreams & Nightmare is a brilliantly executed novel, perfectly paced, beautifully described and a true joy to read." - ScienceFictionandFantasy.co.uk

"I have had The City of Dreams and Nightmare on my TBR pile since the date of release and now wish I had read it sooner, for I denied myself the pleasure of a thoroughly good book!" - Temple Library Reviews 

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"...satisfying, well observed and entertaining." - The Guardian (reviewing "The Gift of Joy")

"As a collection, 'The Gift Of Joy' is certainly worth taking the time to enjoy." - SF Crowsnest, (reviewing "The Gift of Joy")