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City of Light & Shadow (City of a Hundred Rows #3)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  8 reviews

In a land struggling to cope with the onset of the fatal bone flu, street-nick Tom and Kat – the leader of the Tattooed Men – must find a way to dispatch both threats. Meanwhile, the Soul Thief is still at large, and still killing…

City of Light and Shadow is the stunning final installment in the City of a Hundred Rows trilogy.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 400 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2011)
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...In the previous two volumes, Whates has already shown that he likes to keep the story moving. City of Light & Shadow is a fast paced, fairly straightforward novel, one that does not sacrifice pace to add a bit more detail. Personally I think that is a bit of a missed opportunity, given the interesting setting Whates has created. The nature of the city of Thaiburley becomes a bit clearer, but its history remains as confused as Tom's memory of them for the most part. There is not denying th ...more
2.5 Stars

My review to come but overall this book was a disappointment. The characters are flat and boring. The plot and story line are very straight forward. Characters that I liked in the previous books came out dull and whiny in this read.

This book is a young adult steampunk oriented sci-fi/fantasy. There are many cool machina, creatures, and monsters.
And for the concluding volume of the trilogy, we're back in Thaiburley, the eponymous City of a Hundred Rows, at least for the most part -- Tom and Kat (sometimes together; sometimes separately) are fighting the forces who seek to bring down the City; meanwhile, the assassin Dewar is wandering around the countryside, left to his own devices. (And the healer Mildra, who came this close to being a romantic option in the previous book, is kind of unceremoniously dropped off in an area where she can ...more
This series is a YA steampunk/high fantasy blend. With cybernetic animals, electricity along with demons and magic and a city of a literally 100 rows, the author has created a fascinating and yet original world. It starts out strong with a teenaged protagonist, Tom, on the run for a murder he did not commit and meeting up with a street wise girl Kat to help him out of his predicament. The pace is non stop action with enough plot twists to keep the pages turning.
The second book has the main char
Ben Babcock
Thaiburley. The City of a Hundred Rows. Nestled in a vast but somewhat unexplored world, Thaiburley is the centre of this story, almost a character itself. From the Pits and Kat to the Heights and the Prime Master, characters of different backgrounds have gradually come together to face the greatest threat this city has seen in ages. They’ve grown and changed in ways they didn’t think was possible. Though I haven’t always been the most enthusiastic reader of this series, Ian Whates leaves no dou ...more
David Marshall
As stories go, this is a satisfying and rousing end to the trilogy, City of a Hundred Rows. My only reservations are as to the decision to include a narrative thread that has no direct relevance to the main flow of the story unless he goes on to write more in the series, and the rather pedestrian use of language which, in my opinion, does not really fit the fantasy genre.
This was a mediocre novel. I preferred most of the secondary characters as they had more interesting roles to play. The plot seemed to fizzle half way through.
as I recall this was a refreshingly good series....
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Ian Whates lives in a comfortable home down a quiet cul-de-sac 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 earliest memories of science fiction are fragmented. He remembers loving Dr Who from an early age and other TV shows
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