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The Glass Republic: The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy

(The Skyscraper Throne #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  390 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The second book in Tom Pollock's Skyscraper Throne trilogy, The Glass Republic is a thrilling adventure into a fantastical subterranean world beneath London, populated by fantastical creatures.
"Pen" Khan is burdened by a life of secrets. Following a devastatingly close encounter with the Wire Mistress, Pen's face is strangely disfigured by dozens of crisscrossing scars, m
Paperback, 422 pages
Published October 14th 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published August 1st 2013)
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Always Pouting
In the aftermath of her best friend's discovery of the secret spirits of the city and the goddess that controls them, Pen is left disfigured and isolated. Her best friend Beth is changed and Pen is left alone at school trying to resume so sort of normal life. Her one solace is her twin sister, Parva, who isn't her sibling but rather her reflection come to life on the other side of the mirror in the mirror world. Parva came into being with all the scars that Pen has, and is the only person who ca ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
This second book picks up after the events of The City's Son, but the main focus of the story switches to Pen. It opens with Pen's attempts to deal with the aftermath of her trauma, but she doesn't have time to get too self-involved before she is caught up in a dangerous new turn of events in the mirror world of London-Under-Glass.

As before I was so impressed by the sheer inventiveness on display here. While Pollock doesn't quite match Frances Hardinge's singular prose, the scope of his creativi
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the trilogy is largely Pen Khan's story as she navigates a recovery from the events of the first book and her own adventure as she journeys into the world of the Mirrorstocracy. Meanwhile Beth is discovering that her own changes are still ongoing.

This trilogy follows the structure of first book that could be a standalone followed by two books that are basically parts one and two of a larger story. As such, this avoids a lot of standard book two problems, and also by switching
4.5 stars

I absolutely loved The City's Son when I read it last year, Tom Pollock has created one of the most unique and fascinating worlds that I've read about in a long time and his imagination is astounding so I was excited to see where he would take us next in The Glass Republic. Where the first book was mainly focused on Beth this sequel definitely gives her best friend Pen a chance to shine. Pen was my favourite character in the first book so I was really looking forward to seeing more of h
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year I reviewed Pollock's debut The City's Son , the first book in his The Skyscraper Throne trilogy, and I completely adored it. I loved it so much I had a hard time reviewing it without gushing. And while I love The Glass Republic just as much and its protagonist Pen is amazing, there were some things that bothered me. These were mostly to do with the ending and some smaller details, as the plot is just amazing and I was completely drawn back into Pollock's very creative world.

One of t
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved The City's Son and was doubtful that the author could pull off a sequel of equal measure, but boy was i wrong. I adored it, such a thought-provoking fantasy. As beautiful as it is entertaining. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Jo Fletcher Books for the review copy.

Pen’s life is all about secrets: the secret of the city’s spirits, deities and monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly – and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror.

So a little while back I read the first of the SkyScraper Throne novels “
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I am struggling with these ones.

The setting is incredibly creative and the imaginative creations are really intriguing. However (as my struggle statement indicated to you), I am finding it really difficult regarding the story progression. The story ebbs and waves so for long stretches my interest dwindles to be suddenly piqued and then dwindles again...
I also am really not too keen on the characters. They just aren't connecting with me and I feel that there's just a little too many abstract conc
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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A few weeks back I read Tom Pollock's debut, The City's Son, and I was left quite speechless. It was something totally new, the world that Tom Pollock envisioned definite had a lot of alluring features and really managed to set itself apart in the competitive world of alluring features. In this first book in the series we were introduced to several characters and even though Fil isn't featuring in the second book, Beth and Pen more mak
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“Wow. If you thought that Tom Pollock could not get any better, think again - The Glass Republic cements The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy’s place as one of the greatest urban fantasy works that I’ve had the pleasure to read, and we haven’t even had the third book yet. If you enjoyed books by Neil Gaiman or Kate Griffin then you’ll love this series.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The City’s Son was a book that made it onto my ‘Best 25 no
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the “City’s Son”, liked, not loved. It was an imaginative, original book, but for the first part it lacked the connection I so value with the characters. I liked it enough though to read the second book “The Glass Republic”, which I received from Jo Fletcher Books (seriously, thank you!). I’d read raving reviews about “The Glass Republic” before starting it, so I began my second journey into Pollock’s London with high expectation. And boy, it didn’t disappoint. Not at all. Such a great b ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hate Tom Pollock. There, I’ve finally said it. I’m sorry if this upsets you, but it’s true. He’s just so bloody good at the whole urban fantasy thing. Damn him and his bucket-loads of talent. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed The City’s Son. It was undeniably entertaining stuff, but it turns out that The Glass Republic is even better. Building successfully on the promise shown by its predecessor, it’s just great from beginning to end.

Parva ‘Pen’ Khan is the focus in The Glass Republic. She su
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I previously read the first book of this series, The City’s Son, back in April and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a YA version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. So, when I was approached to review the sequel, I was extremely excited! I wanted to know how the story continued for Beth without Fil, and how Pen was able to piece her life back together. Let me tell you, The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock completely BLOWS the first book out of the water
Alysa H.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
SO GOOD. One of those rare sequels that's significantly better than the first book.

Gone entirely are the things that I did not like about the first book (e.g., the tedious 1st person ramblings of Filius and his vaguely budding romance with Beth; the hamfisted yet muddled messaging regarding urban decay VS urban renewal; the lack of follow-through on important plot points). Beth's best friend, Pen Khan, was one of the stand-out characters in The City's Son, and this 2nd installment is very much
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The continuation of Pollock's "The City's Son," this book is freaking dynamite. It takes the world he built in the series' first novel and expands it, throwing one of the characters from the first novel into a new world just as strange as the one he created in the first book. Not a dull moment, full of intrigue and inventiveness and suspense and more. Go read the first book, then read this one, so I'm not all alone in waiting on tenterhooks for book 3 to come out.

Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, and felt it went a bit more in depth with the issues of the world the story inhabits. Nothing like a look at the corporate push of beauty ideals within a dystopic universe to inspire the kiddos, eh?
I'm sure I would have devoured this as a teenager as well.
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Admittedly, I didn't read the first book, which meant as I read this book I realized it was essential that I did. I read on and found myself utterly lost, confused and if someone asked me what the book was about I'd have grimaced and scratched my head as I did my best to sum it up.

That was my fault, partially. It's not written in a way to give you a glimpse of what happened in the prior book.

I still don't grasp the entire story, but what I did come to learn is
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on, 2017
I read books from all over the spectrum. Very seldom do I have to give up on a book. It's only happened but a few times in many years. This one sadly had to go there. It was a YA book, but had no heart. There was language in it and abuse. I gave it through chapter 5.
It is audio. The reader, sorry to say, trying to voice young girls sounds like a grandma that can't keep her dentures in.

To be fair, this is a book 2 and I didn't read book 1. I don't know if that mattered.
The story just was boring
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 400-pages, 2018
Fast past urban fantasy following up on City's sun. This book is divided into two point of view Pen and Beth. I loved getting to know more Pen while still keeping in touch with Beth.
The dual storyline and I love discovering more of this living London and the concept of the mirror world. The author has created two strong and unique worlds and I loved diving into it.
The only weakness I could find with the book is the second book syndrome where the plot main focus is to introduce the final book o
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The twists in areas made it a good book. I wasn't too excited about this book because it was about Parva and Pen. Which in the first book "the city's son " she betrays Beth in secrects and it plain as day Beth loves her. And then this book she falls in love with another character and more secrets leading her to crawl back to Beth. So this book was good but it aggravated me due to the main character.

"A diversion? What do you want me to Do? Break dance? "-Espel
"Can you?"-Pen
"Not even close."- Pen
Erica Warner
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished the second book to The Skyscraper Throne series! It’s a good series/book but I had trouble keeping interest in it, still gonna finish the series when I finally get the 3rd book! The main characters are 2 girls, so in the first book it was one of the girl’s adventures and this one was the other one’s so I’m assuming the 3rd book will be them together. I’d still recommend the series though!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love. Great world. Great characters. Great friendships.
This book surpasses the previous one and I didn’t think that was possible! Gripping, exciting fantasy - now for the third!
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked these almost Mievilles environments and feelings. But I loved first book more...
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Pen's been through hell and back with the scars to prove it. All for her best friend Beth, who dragged her into a world of spirits, deities and monsters. When her mirror sister Parva, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror, goes missing Pen determines to track her down - no matter the cost! She pays the price to enter London-Under-Glass and must trade her most valuable commodity her scars to find answers.

First off, I didn't rea
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Parva “Pen” Khan has survived a brutal attack from a living mass of barbed wire. Well, if you can call this surviving. Covered in scars all over her body, with a face that people recoil from, Pen is trying to get her normal life back. But it’s not easy: with her best friend Beth turned into a living embodiment of the city of itself, pressure from her fellow classmates to tell them what happened, feeling that her face is
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Review: After the events of The City's Son, Pen has been left with scars over face, and with Parva, her sister of a kind-a double in London Under-Glass, the reflection of the city found in the mirrors. Pen's been trying to get back to normalcy, but one day, Parva isn't in the mirror. What is in the mirror is blood. After making a deal with the Chemical Synod, Pen travels through London Under-Glass, passing as
her mirror sister, a countess and the Face of the Looking Glass Lottery, and gets pulled
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Lately, I start a series and never get beyond book one. I just can’t. Especially if I really enjoyed book one. I’m afraid. Afraid of disappointment. Like when you go to your favorite restaurant and order the same meal because you know it’s totally awesome and one day you decide to order something else because ordering the same thing every night for five years makes you sort of boring. But when they bring the different meal you take a bite and instantly think “I should have stuck with what I alwa ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Pen’s a survivor. Returning to school, she dreads showing her scarred face among her classmates and them finding out about her and Salt. Her best friend Beth isn’t around much anymore either; what Fil wished for her is transforming her into a daughter of the city. Then Pen sees her reflection in the school bathroom, the other her who she has come to call a friend, and she’s in trouble. She must find a way to get beyond the mirrors and find Parva before it’s too late.

Oh poor Pen. My heart breaks
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I loved the world building here. I have not read the first in the series, but if that world has even a fraction of the description this one has, I'm sure it's a success. Unfortunately, I wasn't all that enthused about the plot.

I'm struggling to understand my own feelings about it, but I think what it comes down to was the lack of originality with the plot itself. As stated previously the world is fabulous--half faces and mirrorstocracy (did I spell that right?) and buying and selling body parts
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Tom is a long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, and has failed spectacularly to grow out of his obsession with things that don’t, in the strictest sense of the word, exist. He studied Philosophy and Economics at Edinburgh University. He now lives and works in London helping to build very big ships. The City’s Son is his first novel.

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