A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door, they step through...and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked.
Making their way inland, they meet a man dressed in a wolf's cloak and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London - other people have arrived here down the ages, all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them has returned. Except one - who travels between the two worlds at will.
The group begin a quest to find this one survivor - the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London. And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures, split between north and south by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace, they realise they are in a world defined by all the Londons there have ever been.
Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock and Julian May, this is a grand and sweeping science fantasy built on the ideas, the legends, the memories of every London there has ever been.
©2016 Simon Morden (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ariadne Jones on 01-03-16


Fantastic story, fantastic narrator and I really enjoyed listening to it. Can't wait for the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 29-02-16

More please!

interesting story, can't wait for the next book!
the way that the characters grew was new and unexpected!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Needles on 03-12-16

Young Adult Fiction

This title is certainly not categorised under YA (young adult) Fiction, but it should be.
After a promising start, I slowly started to wonder whether I had accidentally purchased a YA title. Its derivative pastiche, unsophisticated, somewhat fatuous style led me to conclude it was. But no it's supposedly aimed at a grown-up reader.
Put simply, its' underlying premise is part Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, part Hunger Games, with a sprinkling of Margaret Atwood wannabe over the whole post-apocalyptic melange. Discerning readers of SF will get very impatient with the immaturity of this writer I think.
Not even Judd's wonderfully humanising narration can salvage this one.

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