The City’s Son

Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love.

The City’s Son is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family,friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which.

“Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.

“An impeccably dark parable, endlessly inventive and utterly compelling” – Mike Carey, author of The Unwritten, Lucifer and X-Men

“I cannot say enough times that you need to read this book. Intelligent, true to its genre, and the most fun thing I’ve read this fall.” – San Francisco Book Review.

“Vivid, inventive and truly weird.” – Daily Mail

Should you feel so inclined you can pick one up at Amazon here, Waterstones here, or Indiebound here.




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  3. Mercy

    i’m halfway through and i can’t put it down. i haven’t been so captivated by a book since reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – thank you for creating such a visually mesmerizing read! it such a beautiful take on London; the characters, the places…everything! thanks again!

  4. Shelby

    I just finished the book last night and CANNOT wait for the next book! All the characters were really easy for me to relate with. Best book I’ve read in a while! Loved the setting and the background of the characters. Syfy-fantasy books are my all-time favorite reads so it was REALLY easy to get into. Thanks for the awesome book!!

  5. Jesse Daro

    The City’s Son – thank the gods it came to the U.S. This is without a doubt the best-written YA sci-fi/fantasy novel I have read in years. I love your style of world-building; from the first moment, I was captured by the descriptions, and the rich sense of mythology that pervades every interaction in the book. I am secretly jealous of your imagination, and absolutely in love with this series. I will definitely be teaching it to my secondary ed students as something they need to include in their class lists for contemporary young adult literature!

  6. Risky

    Fantastic book Tom! It’s Not often I pick up a book knowing nothing about it but found myself completely immersed. On my commute to work nearly missed my stop a couple of times, so ‘unputadownable’…. Can’t wait for what happens next.. Thank you. Angela (not a YA, more a mid YA, but hey!) x

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  10. Li Jong

    It’s being a long time since a book is able to thrill me like The City’s Son; the lovable characters and their realness, the weirdness-in-a-good-way of the urban magic of London, and the way the novel ends is amazing (for me at least since, in my opinion, since I just like endings like that).
    Did I just broke an unspoken rule by mentioning, albeit only superficially, the ending in the comments? Hope not!
    The thing I don’t get is why many readers found the first half of the novel confusing; yes Fil and his alternate London is strange and alien and people complained of the lack of explanations for it but it doesn’t seem to concern me at all and I managed to simply accept the weirdness of it as it is and didn’t attempt to define anything or whatsoever (probably because I, as a reader, is just a mere bystander and not involved). The only thing I found questionable is Beth’s own lack of questioning (she lives in the story after all) when thrusted into Fil’s world where things will obviously contradict us mundies’ logic/scientific way of thinking but I guessed this is due to her unconscious awareness of such magic due to her life as a street girl and ‘magical’ graffiti artist.
    However, there is are some things that I wanted to ask you; why is Fil called ‘Urchin’ in US editions? Are there any other differences between the Brit/US editions other than the name?
    And am I using too much semi-colons?

    PS I think the model used to portray Fil on one of the covers is much too buff considering that Fil in the novel is skinny (he is right?)

    • Tom

      Hi Li Jong,

      He is *totally* way too buff on that US cover in my opinion, but obviously when it comes to character visualisation your mileage may vary.

      Really glad you liked the end and the characters! And you aren’t the first to say Beth takes to her new milieu a little too easily. I guess my only defence is that I didn’t want to do thew whole ‘I can’t believe my eyes’ thing, because it tends to bore me when I read it, but I probably did err to far the other way.

      thanks for stopping by!



  11. Popppy

    Hi, Tom!
    I saw your book in my recent trip to London. It screamed: buy me, buy me! but I hesitated and the oportunity went away. My question is, is the trilogy going to be translated into another languages? (like Spanish, for example).

  12. Sheena

    Too excited for this series, can’t wait to find out what’s in store for the future of underground London and it’s people! Haha
    Also, love your story-telling! You have an amazing imagination, really looking forward to re-visiting it.

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