City of Dreams & Nightmare / Ian Whates
“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.”
- World Fantasy Award-winning author, Tanith Lee
Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, Tom, a lowly street-nick, has to run for his life through the City Below, Thaiburley’s unsavoury basement world. Accused of committing the murder himself, he is pursued by sky-borne 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 proves to have secrets of her own…
City of Dreams & Nightmare is Ian Whates’ debut novel, and the first of a series set in the great city.
“Whates’s assured prose, slick pacing and inventive imagination make for a gripping read. His first novel is the work of a born storyteller.”
- The Guardian
“City of Dreams & Nightmare grabs you pretty much from the first page and then you really do not want to put it down since it just twists and turns and the threads following the main characters above are all deftly handled with very smooth jumps and several crucial interludes following the “true movers and shakers” of the novel…
Highly recommended as a strong A and a fun, page turning sff adventure that will enchant all fans of such.”
- Fantasy Book Critic
“There is such a great deal to recommend about this book from the imaginative elements like the cyborg type creatures and common use of magic and the incidental touches that Ian describes, to the strange city with it’s myriad levels and unusual inhabitants. There is also a real sense of a living, breathing city with insights into the various ways [the city of] Thaiburley works… City of Dreams & Nightmare is a brilliantly executed novel, perfectly paced, beautifully described and a true joy to read.”
“The gothic-noir feel of the urban landscape adds atmosphere to the plot and informs the personality of the entire book… possibly the most amazing and mind-blowing cityscape I have yet encountered.”
- Temple Library Reviews
“…a wondrous and ingenious read. Highly plotted with multiple point-of-view characters set loose in a mega-city that might not be a city at all but a living creature… Whates’ imagination is energetic and enchanting and similarities to the novels of Ian Watts, Michael Moorcock, China Mièville, and Mervyn Peake inevitable.”
- Hub Magazine
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CITY OF DREAMS & NIGHTMARE (City of a Hundred Rows Book I)
Cover art: Greg Bridges
4 March 2010
432pp A-format paperback
ISBN (Use US edition ISBN)
432pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
4 March 2010