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The Glass Republic (The Skyscraper Throne)

The Glass Republic (The Skyscraper Throne) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Pollock
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'Beautifully written, wildly imaginative and surprisingly emotional, The Glass Republic continues an exciting new phase in urban fantasy that's being powered by one author alone'

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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. Pen's reflected twin is the only girl who really understands her.

Then Parva is abducted and Pen makes a terrible bargain for the means to track her down. In London-Under-Glass, looks are currency, and Pen's scars make her a rare and valuable commodity. But some in the reflected city will do anything to keep Pen from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face.

The Glass Republic is the gripping sequel to The City's Son, and the second book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (1 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CUE0CC0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skyscraper Throne trilogy continues 1 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
***Please note The Glass Republic is a direct sequel to the City's Son and it is possible that this review may contain minor spoilers for book one***

Parva `Pen' Khan is the focus in The Glass Republic. She suffered physically during the finale of The City's Son and when events pick up months later, she is still mentally traumatized. Angry at the world and anxious from the lack of control in her life, she yearns for an escape. Pen meets a mirror image of herself, a confidant who she knows she can trust. When her doppelganger disappears suddenly and without warning the opportunity to change her own path is too good to resist.

One of the novels many highlights is the relationship between Pen and Espel, a steeple-jill she meets in alternate London. It is handled nicely, and if the novel has a heart then this is undoubtedly it. The interactions between these two perfectly capture that sense of uncertain awkwardness that comes with being a teenager. Imagine two young people trying to properly understand one another when they don't fully understand themselves yet.

London-Under-Glass, the city where image is everything, is wonderfully realised. Pollock seamlessly incorporates the ever-evolving landscape of the city we all know into his mirror version. The Shard plays a key role for example. It's a delight to discover all the little details that are just subtly different from what you would expect.

Last year I said in my review of Pollock's debut novel that I'd love to see Studio Ghibli create something based on his work. After finishing The Glass Republic that desire has only increased. Like book one, this novel excels when it comes to world-building.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a deserving sequel 7 Aug 2013
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Once again, Pollock provides a beautiful, astounding, humorous and very human tale - liberally salted with Masonry Men, Mirrorstocracy, dragons and cats. Buy it, read it, then like me, read again from the City's Son forward and curse the time between now and the concluding part...
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The Glass Republic is the second of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy and so do be warned that the review below may include spoilers for the first, the marvellous The City's Son.

Pen is scarred from recent events, not just physically but psychologically. With closest friend Beth now more absent than present, Pen is back at school on her own, having to endure the curious eyes and unkind words of the bullies. Her scars make Pen stand out, fascinating her peers, but it's not kindness that draws the bullies to her and so Pen takes comfort in solitude, finding secret places of the school, where she can be calm. One such place has a mirror and it is through these mirrors that Pen is thrown back into the fantastical London that so nearly killed her. Pen's reflection is alive, caught in London-Under-Glass, the other London, reflected through the mirrors, and the reflection (Parva) has become a sister to her original. One day Pen must watch as Parva is dragged out of her view, leaving behind a bloody handprint on the reflected floor. There is nothing that Pen won't do, or bargain, to follow Parva through the mirror into this other London, to save her sister, whatever the cost. The price that she must pay for the potion to cross worlds is heartbreaking.

The Glass Republic is the sequel to The City's Son but despite its many connections it is such an ingeniously different and original novel. For much of this second book, we are with Pen in City-Under-Glass giving author Tom Pollock the perfect opportunity to let his wonderful imagination soar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read for all ages 28 Nov 2013
By Lizzie
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You must read this book after you have read the city's son really good and a great read! BUY IT NOW you will not be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parva Through the Looking Glass 26 Sep 2013
The Glass Republic confirms two things. Tom Pollock is a man with ideas to burn, and is a writer with long and glittering career ahead. There is an obvious comparison with Neil Gaiman, and it wouldn't surprise me if, in twenty five years time, readers mention Pollock in the same hallowed tones as they do the creator of Neverwhere and American Gods.

This novel is a direct sequel to The City's Son, a novel that I enjoyed it parts, but overall found a bit confusing. There were so many great ideas jammering for attention, it was hard to focus on which ones were important. I couldn't help feel that the reader would have been better served by fewer ideas explored in more detail.

I am thrilled to report that The Glass Republic contains fewer ideas and explores them in greater detail. In this book we go behind the mirror to London-Under-Glass, a mythical world that exists in our reflections. The resulting novel, is a beautiful urban fable.

The Glass Republic mostly follows Pen, some time after the events of the first novel. Her scars have left her self-conscious and she now spends most of her days, hiding in a disused part of the school, staring at her reflection in the mirror. Or rather communing with it, for Pen's reflection is Parva; Pen's mirror-self, and denizen of London-Under-Glass. When Parva disappears, leaving only a bloody hand print, Pen knows she must enter the reflected world and rescue her. This brings about a double-edged deal with another of Pollock's finest creations from book one, Johnny Naphtha and the Chemical Synod.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good sequel to one of my favourite series
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nina (Death Books and Tea)
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning YA fantasy sequel
It’s several months after THE CITY’S SON. Beth has given herself over to the streets and her growing powers but Pen doesn’t want anything to do with Beth’s new world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant BRILLIANT! Did I say it was brilliant?
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome is often over used
Awesome is often over used but not here. The Glass Republic out does the brilliant first novel and I like many others cannot wait for the third book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A.Messum
5.0 out of 5 stars Pollock does it again!
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Gaiman
The City's Son was on a par with Gaiman. The Glass republic is BETTER than Gaiman.

I think that's essentially all you need to know. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zoey
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - Even Better than the First
See my review of this book, and many more, at

Parva "Pen" Khan has survived a brutal attack from a living mass of barbed wire. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ginny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have given 5 stars just because any less would have meant I was being delusional. Simply so far the freshest writing I have come across since Stephen Donaldson brought us Thomas... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered brilliance
Pen's a survivor. Returning to school, she dreads showing her scarred face among her classmates and them finding out about her and Salt. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A frightening imagination
I admit loving The City's Son. Inventive, joyfully snarky, compelling and fun - and a Kitschies nominee. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Glen Mehn
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