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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (27 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473211484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473211483
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.6 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This is a very fast paced book, with intense moments of danger as well as being full of wonder. There are so many things to discover in Down not only geographically but historically...Morden has written a book full of mysteries that are just waiting to be discovered. (Fantasy Book Review)

Dripping with realism and grittiness. Fascinating and compulsive reading. (LOVE READING)

Down Station is a fun and interesting read which I zipped through in no time at all! (Books By Proxy)

The world is an interesting and well realised one. The central characters are believable and feel entirely human (though I would like to see more of the supporting cast in the sequel). The plot rattles along nicely, and kept me enthralled to the last page (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews)

Once again Simon Morden takes the fantasy genre and moulds it wonderfully...What makes Down Station so great is the immaculate pacing and the way character shapes fate for each of the well-drawn main characters (The Sun)

It's the character's experiences that make this a fresh take on the "cut off from civilisation" subgenre...we're drawn in by their responses to this world (SFX)

there are horrors that surprise as well as moments of wonder. The story is patient, and every sequence is both a physical battle and philosophical teaching that merge with well-placed hooks (Sci-Fi Now)

amazingly original mindblowing ideas that completely rewrote and reconfigured a familiar London into something much more sinister and post-apocalyptic. (The Digital Fix)

This is an interesting read with a great new world to immerse yourself in, it is fantastical and thrilling, a great book to add to your fantasy/sci-fi shelf. (Red Heather Duff Blogspot)

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Award-winning author Simon Morden's stunning quest continues, unravelling magic and uncovering secrets on the way . . .

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Pretty much as the subject says. No spoliers or anything here...if you enjoyed the original, you'll enjoy this continuation. Only one (minor) gripe; despite it only being a few months since the original novel (and consequently the storyline is still reasonably fresh), as a prodigious reader, I would love to have seen a short prologue; just a couple of pages to bring the return reader up to speed. (I've read maybe fifteen books since the original and things just get a bit blurry!)
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I was intrigued by the cover for this book, and then the synopsis, so I jumped at the chance to review it! I also got to read the previous book, Down Station as well! I will admit, as I started to read Down Station I wasn't entirely sure about it, but I got drawn further and further in to the book. The portals kind of made me think of Primeval, especially with the revelations from this book!

Having read both books in a row, I think that The White City is a smidge better than Down Station, the previous book had too much of Mary and her memories for me. I mean the first couple of times I was like "okay fair enough" but then it was happening a bit too often! I really liked the vibe to the first book though with the castle and the dragon and everything!

Now in White City, we have our group in possession of all these maps, and they're looking to create one giant map, basically. But you know...Crows. They decided to give him a second chance and make a deal with him and you know....I think we all know that's not going to end well! Thinks aren't all hunky dory for team Down because one character blames Mary for another's death which leads to endless tension and unrest between them all. Not to mention some manipulating of a poor, innocent pirate! Oh yes. This book has pirates. I really do love pirates!

The thing with this book, is that I was never sure who to trust, there's distrust and betrayal everywhere! Crows, Simeon, Elena and so on. It was hard to know if Mary and Dalip where making a mistake or not, so this book definitely has you on edge as you try to navigate the way to the White City with the characters, and try to work out who's going to screw them over!
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Having found the previous outing Down Station, a bit of a let down due to the supporting cast, I picked up this book apprehensively hoping that with the world mainly set up that this one would concentrate on what for me were the weaker area's in order to allow me to fully enjoy my reading experience.

What occurred within I felt was more of the same sadly and whilst I was prepared for the supporting cast to let me down, I did find that the pacing problem that haunted the original was stil there leaving me feeling quite flat. I do love the authors creativity in bringing new worlds to life, I still love how he breathes life into his principle characters but with the same problems recurring again, I don't think I'll be continuing with this series and wait for his next series instead.
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This is the follow-up to Down Station, which I quite enjoyed but wasn't likely to ever re-read. The basic premise of The White City and its predecessor is that a bunch of folks from modern day London have found themselves in a mysterious place called Down where things don't work quite as they expect. For starters, there is magic and one of our group ends up being able to change into an enormous bird and light fires with her mind, and secondly the place is inhabited by people who have come from London in other times through portals like theirs.

When we first return to Down, our main characters (Mary and Dalip) are engaged in a plan to try and create an overall map of the place and are both assisted and impeded by Crows, who always seems to have plans of his own. Both Mary and Dalip have made difficult decisions along the way, and fortunately there's significantly less this time around of Mary reminiscing about her childhood in care (which I'd thought could make a fine, but liver-threatening, drinking game in Down Station). This time around there's also dissension with the group who've come through with Mary and Dalip, with one of them blaming her for an unexpected death, which in turn leads to problems further down the line. Mary and Crows go in search of the eponymous White City, which Crows promises will answer all their questions, only to discover it occupied by those responsible for setting up the portals in the first place. There are definitely answers, but probably not the ones that anyone is looking for, and they set up for further books set in the same universe with a bit of a cliffhanger about what exactly is happening in Down.

Anyway, I wasn't massively smitten with The White City, but it's not the worst thing I've ever read and it kept me interested all the way through even so. I doubt I'll read the next book in the series, though.
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