City of Hope & Despair / 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

City of Hope and Despair

THEY CALL IT THE CITY OF A HUNDRED ROWS. The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below, and Demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.
The street-nick Tom must find the source of the great river Thair and perhaps learn the secret of his own strange powers…
The assassin Dewar must redeem himself…
The Prime Master desperately seeks the cure for bone flu – a mysterious and deadly malady that is striking down the talented in Thaiburley’s highest Rows…
Kat, the renegade nick, forms an uneasy alliance with her sister Charveve, and the two lead the Tattooed Men through the dark streets of the City Below in search of the Soul Thief: the evil monster that murdered their mother and consigned both girls to the gladitorial hellhole known as the Pits…
Welcome back to Thaiburley, the City of 100 Rows, the City of Dreams… where the nightmare has only just begun…

File Under: Fantasy [ Towering City | Ancient Secrets | Assassins & Gods | Soul Thief! ]

Also Available: City of Dreams & Nightmare


Praise for City of Hope and Despair:

“This novel is one I would heartily recommend; City of Hope and Despair is a fantastic book, full of emotional ups and downs, turmoil and adventure, drawn with a steady, deft hand by Whates, whose authorial control is magnificent. I really want to see where this series is going.”
Libris Leonis

City of Hope & Despair moves fast and is a page turner with everything that made City Dreams and Nightmares entertaining.”
– Liviu Suciu,


CITY OF HOPE & DESPAIR (City of a Hundred Rows Book II)

Ian Whates
Cover art: Greg Bridges

3 March 2011
400pp B-format paperback
£7.99 UK
ISBN 978 0 85766 087 9

29 March 2011
416pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978 0 85766 088 6

3 March 2011
ISBN 978 0 85766 089 3

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