Published by Thomas Dunne Books on December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery
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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.
Glass Town is one complex town, but so intriguing. This is a story that involved a love triangle that happened back in the 1920’s between a woman and the two brothers who loved her deeply. For one it was truly love and the other it became an obsession. This obsession led him to betray his brother and the woman he loved and he imprisoned her in a town that no one know about. Time moves differently there, for a year inside Glass Town, is one hundred years out in the world around it. This feud between brothers has carried on from generation to generation. Now begs the question, will the feud ever end? And who will it be that finally takes a stand and ends it?
Our main character Josh has found a letter that his grandfather wrote detailing his love for Eleanor, and her disappearance. With this comes a chain of events that is suspenseful and thrilling and even dark and scary at times. Family ties are supposed to strong, but when there is betrayals between family members, it is hard to know who to trust and what to trust. And with Josh’s family, he hasn’t ever really know a whole lot about them. He didn’t know about some of them to begin with. But, Josh stayed strong, both for his mother and his sister. He went through a lot, and most would have just given up, it wasn’t his fight to begin with. But that wasn’t Josh and I admired that about him. Now as for his cousin Seth, he was the epitome of evil. There was something off from the beginning. And as the story went along, it all came out to. A lot of the side characters were really good in this too. I just loved Josh’s mother, she was just the sweetest thing.
The setting was vividly described and it felt like you were right there with John through it all. Especially the parts about the Glass City, was a fascinating world that Saville created. Magic and spells, and the set of an Alfred Hitchcock movie being the back drop for the town. With the magic starting to fade, and the truth about the town coming out and magical creatures appearing in the real world looking like old movies stars, the suspense built and all led up to a pretty intense ending. I’m not much a science fictions reader, but this had more of a urban/dark fantasy vibe to it, that I really enjoyed and I think that other that enjoy the the genre will as well.
Overall, this was a gritty and dark world, with family betrayals from the past and the present. It was thrilling and kept me guessing on what the Glass Town really was. I am curious to see what Saville has in store for us in Coldfall Wood that comes out next year.