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City of Hope & Despair: City of a Hundred Rows, Book 2 by Ian Whates
Angry Robot Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857660886
Date: 29 March 2011 List Price £5.14 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: The follow-up the City of Dreams & Nightmare by Ian Whates, a British writer, editor and publisher (of Newcon Press) who is hitting a rich vein right now and thus I seem to be seeing his name all over. City of Hope & Despair will be published by Angry Robot in March.

"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!

Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, Tom, a lowly street-nick, has to run for his life through the City Below, Thaiburley's unsavoury basement world. Accused of committing the murder himself, he is pursued by sky-borne assassins, Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city. His only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she proves to have secrets of her own..."

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