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The White City by Simon Morden
  

The White City

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The second volume in a fantastical series that began with DOWN STATION, this instalment follows the survivors of the London apocalypse who managed to escape through a service tunnel in the Tube into another world, Down, where the passage turns out to be one way only but the environment is also reminiscent of London in a skewed sort of way, although full of monsters. They are now in possession of a map that could lead them to the White City where the mysteries of Down might be revealed and a way home could be presented to them. Betrayals and struggle accompany them on their quest, although they are all too aware that when they do reach their destination they might get more than what they bargained for. Morden's debut series set in the Metrozone was an innovative cyberpunk menu of wild imagination and violence, and this new series takes him into fantasy realms but still dripping with realism and grittiness. Fascinating and compulsive reading. ~ Maxim Jakubowoski

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Synopsis

The White City by Simon Morden

Award-winning author Simon Morden's stunning quest continues, unravelling magic and uncovering secrets on the way ...LET'S FACE IT, NONE OF US DESERVE TO BE SAVED. Since escaping London's inferno, Mary and Dalip have fought monsters and won - though in the magical world of Down, the most frightening monsters come from within. Now they hold the greatest of treasures: maps that reveal the way to the White City, where they can find the answers they're looking for, and learn the secrets of Down. But to get there they must rely on Crows, who has already betrayed them at every turn. As they battle their way towards the one place in all of Down without magic, they must ask themselves how far they will go to find their way home. After all, if there's one thing the White City offers those brave enough to enter, it's more than they bargained for. SIMON MORDEN'S DOWN STATION WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY QUEST FOR MEANING AND IDENTITY. NOW HE'S LEADING US TO THE KIND OF TRUTHS THAT LEAVE US CHANGED.

Reviews

'This is a very fast paced book, with intense moments of danger as well as being full of wonder. There are so many things to discover in Down not only geographically but historically...Morden has written a book full of mysteries that are just waiting to be discovered.' Fantasy Book Review

'Down Station is a fun and interesting read which I zipped through in no time at all!' Books By Proxy

'The world is an interesting and well realised one. The central characters are believable and feel entirely human (though I would like to see more of the supporting cast in the sequel). The plot rattles along nicely, and kept me enthralled to the last page' Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

'Once again Simon Morden takes the fantasy genre and moulds it wonderfully...What makes Down Station so great is the immaculate pacing and the way character shapes fate for each of the well-drawn main characters The Sun It's the character's experiences that make this a fresh take on the cut off from civilisation subgenre...we're drawn in by their responses to this world' SFX

'there are horrors that surprise as well as moments of wonder. The story is patient, and every sequence is both a physical battle and philosophical teaching that merge with well-placed hooks' Sci-Fi Now

'amazingly original mindblowing ideas that completely rewrote and reconfigured a familiar London into something much more sinister and post-apocalyptic.' The Digital Fix

'This is an interesting read with a great new world to immerse yourself in, it is fantastical and thrilling, a great book to add to your fantasy/sci-fi shelf.' Red Heather Duff Blogspot

About the Author

Simon Morden

Simon Morden has w on the Philip K. Dick Award and been a judge on the Arthur C. Clarke Award. A popular figure on the genre scene he has also proved to be a popular author of both noir SF and extravagant Fantasy themed SF. He has also been an editor at Focus magazine. He has a degree in Geology and Planetary Geophysics. He lives in Gateshead.

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Publication date

27th October 2016

Author

Simon Morden

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Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Science fiction

ISBN

9781473211483

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