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City of Hope & Despair: City of a Hundred Rows, Book 2 by Ian Whates
Review by Mel Jacob
Angry Robot Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857660886
Date: 29 March 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

An accomplished writer, Ian Whates continues the trilogy City of a Hundred Rows in City of Hope & Despair. Tom, a former street nick; the prime master of Thaiburley; and Kat, a Death Queen, seeks to survive and protect the City. The overall goal remains unclear, but appears to be the survival of Thaiburley, the City of a Hundred Rows. Unknown powers threaten the city and especially the "talented," those with quasi-magical abilities. The prime master, certain Tom holds the key to city's survival, sends him with three others on a quest to the Goddess Thaiss to beg her help. A demon, aware of the quest, mobilizes forces to kill Tom and end the quest.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Dark forces are gathering in the shadowy depths, and the whole city is under threat. 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!

(Source: Angry Robot)

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