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The City's Son by Tom Pollock
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Jun 30, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, received-for-review, to-review, sciencefiction
Read from May 02 to 25, 2012

--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

Need to mention that as soon as The City's Son came into my notice had already formed high expectations for it. Mostly since there are times when a title's name gives an impression somewhat that they would be good reading. You know and sometimes hit the marks and other times you don't. The City's Son gave a fast impression of a novel of fascinating character.

With that in mind it turned out to be a novel with an entirely unique experience in reading. There are various encounters with personification in the passages that actually many novels today don't contain. Here's an example just too give you so you get a feel for it:


This is where her trail ends.
Thrum-clatter-clatter, thrum-clatter-clatter …
I can feel her vibration through the ground. A fox squirms out from behind a couple of steel bins and runs for the road, trailing stink. I let my breath stream out in a slow hiss.
Thrum-clatter-clatter …
The concrete shale on the ground starts to shift and a breeze picks up, spattering rain against my cheek. The burnt smell is emanating from the wall at the end of the alley, breathing out of the pores in the brick itself.
A high-pitched wail fills the air: steel shrieking on steel like screaming horses. The clatter grows louder and the bins clang as they are shaken to the ground.
I hear the ghost of a steam-whistle, her mournful, obsolete battle-cry, and I hunker down low. Light starts to bleed through the mortar ahead of me, outlining two glaring, full-beam eyes. I hear the clash of her wheels, stampeding towards me on a path of lighting. The scream rises out of my throat to greet her, cursing her by all of her names: Loco Motive, Bahngeist, Railwraith—
—and as she roars out at me, I leap sideways and strike—




If that wasn't enough we get envirogated by a world much like our own but obviously with impressive amounts of another world at work is The City's Son with Filius-Fil who must defeat his mother's-Matera Viae's- greatest enemy named Reach (The Crane King) that stands for industrial's growing reach. The fight seems at length much like a Mission Impossible. Until, Fil meets Beth ,an unconventional girl in who gets drawn into view of the city and volunteers to help him in his mission. She finds his world magical and thrilling but soon catches on that it is much deadlier than anything else. It being deadly really makes itself more apparent when she encounters huge metallic spiders that usurp people's voices against your will sometimes. Another consequence is that Reach has taken Beth's friend Parva prisoner within its creations putting her new life with Fil at odds.

The story as you can now tell from [above] is impressively imaginative on its own which, by the way, have not entirely covered all. Even so, we still have one of the most captivating Fantasy characters still. Beth is truly a fun girl. She has all the amounts of personality to keep her interesting enough for readers. Fil is a swoon-making guy even if he has a slight grey tint to his skin since he's the boy with the city in his skin. And Reach a formidable opposing villain.

With the conclusion of The City's Son a lot of things ended well enough alone so wondering where Tom is going to be taking things from now on. Although authors always do find ways to continue their stories especially their series. The continuity have no fear on though. Tom Pollock has my faith. The Skyscraper Throne #2 would be one aiming to engage heartily in when it releases.
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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