Showing posts with label Glass Town. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review: Glass Town

Glass Town by Steven Savile
Published December 5, 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books
Reviewed by Terri
5 Mysterious Stars

Synopsis:

A brilliantly rendered story about obsession and one man's attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather's life, set against a magical and intricately woven cityscape.

Steven Savile has been an international sensation, selling over half a million copies of his novels worldwide and writing for cult favorite television shows including Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Stargate. Now, he is finally making his US debut with Glass Town, a brilliantly composed novel revolving around the magic and mystery lurking in London. 

In 1926, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. But, along with Seth Lockwood, she disappeared, never to be seen again. Isaiah, Seth’s younger brother, refused to accept that she was just gone. 

It has been seventy years since and the brothers are long dead. But now their dark, twisted secret, threatens to tear the city apart. Seth made a bargain with Damiola, an illusionist, to make a life size version of his most famous trick, and hide away part of London to act as a prison out of sync with our time, where one year passes as one hundred. That illusion is Glass Town. And now its walls are failing. 

Reminiscent of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Savile brings out the magic in the everyday. Glass Town is full of gritty urban landscapes, realistic characters, conflict, secrets, betrayals, magic, and mystery.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I admire authors who go against the grain and create books that make readers question standard genre rules. Savile created a book that crossed genres and somehow created a new thriller-urban fantasy-magic realism genre. Sometimes that confused me and more than once I put the book down to take a break. However, I could not stop thinking about it and when I was finished it all seemed to gel. The thrilling plot line kept me interested and I’m still thinking about the characters. When I first started the book, it seemed too simple. I was wrong. I fell in love with the main character and, I wouldn’t say I ENJOYED walking in his shoes, but he certainly carried me away to a different time and place. The last highlight of this book I want to mention is the author’s incorporation of history. I honestly want to read it a second time now that I have a basic idea.

Reviewed by Terri of the GothicMoms Review Team

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