City of Hope & Despair

City of Hope & Despair

Paperback City of a Hundred Rows

By (author) Ian Whates

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  • Publisher: Angry Robot
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 38mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Botley
  • ISBN 10: 0857660888
  • ISBN 13: 9780857660886
  • Sales rank: 314,309

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A SECOND VISIT TO THAIBURLEY: THE CITY OF DREAMS, THE FABLED CITY OF A HUNDRED ROWS. Dark forces are gathering in the shadowy depths, and the whole city is under threat. The former street-nick, Tom, embarks on a journey to discover the source of the great river Thair, said to be the ultimate power behind all of Thaiburley. Accompanying him are the assassin Dewar and the young Thaistess Mildra. It soon becomes evident that their journey has more significance than any of them realise, as past secrets catch up with them and unknown adversaries hunt them... to the death! File Under: Fantasy [ Towering City - Ancient Secrets - Assassins & Gods - Soul Thief! ]

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Ian Whates lives in a comfortable home in an idyllic Cambridgeshire village, which he shares with his partner Helen and their pets - Honey the golden cocker spaniel, Calvin the tailless black cat and Inky the goldfish (sadly, Binky died a few years ago). Ian's love of SF began while he was still at school, manifesting itself when he produced an SF murder mystery as homework after being set the essay title "The Language of Shakespeare," much to the bemusement of his English teacher. His first published stories appeared in the late 1980s, but it was not until the early 2000s that he began to pursue writing with any seriousness. In 2006 Ian launched independent publisher New-Con Press, quite by accident. That same year he also resumed submitting short stories, selling some 25 to various venues by the time May 2008 arrived, including two to the science journal Nature. Another story, "The Gift of Joy," was shortlisted for the BSFA Awards in 2008. Ian is currently the chairman of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), and edits Matrix, the online news and media reviews magazine.

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Praise for City of Dreams and Nightmare: "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 ""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." - Libri Leonis