The White City | Simon Morden | Orion | October 2016
Narrated by Thomas Judd
About The White City
LET’S FACE IT, NONE OF US DESERVE TO BE SAVED.
Since escaping London’s inferno, Mary and Dalip have fought monsters and won – though in the magical world of Down, the most frightening monsters come from within.
Now they hold the greatest of treasures: maps that reveal the way to the White City, where they can find the answers they’re looking for, and learn the secrets of Down.
But to get there they must rely on Crows, who has already betrayed them at every turn. As they battle their way towards the one place in all of Down without magic, they must ask themselves how far they will go to find their way home.
After all, if there’s one thing the White City offers those brave enough to enter, it’s more than they bargained for.
Following on from Down Station. The White City plunges straight back into Down, along with Mary and Dalip. We learn a lot more about Down in this book, but Morden makes sure the more learn, the more questions we have!
Dalip and Mary both grow a massive amount in this book. Whereas Down Station was about doing what they needed to survive. The White City is about them finding their place in this new world. As well as surviving. Because, Simon Morden, is not about to let them have an easy time of it!
Mary is as awesome as ever, but for me, it is Dalip who grows the most. Becoming the groups protector, both physically as well as acting as their conscious. He’s going to do exactly what he needs to do to protect his friends, but also hold true to his faith.
Thomas Judd does a fantastic job of bringing Down to life, keeping you engaged throughout.
This White City is exactly what I like to see in the second book in a series. Building on what came before. Expanding and driving the story forwards, but yet, has its own self-contained story. It also has the kind of cliff-hanger I love. Leaving you desperate to know what happens next; not why did this book stop in the middle of a scene…