The traction city London has been trying to avoid being eaten by bigger and hungrier cities that are in the hunting grounds. But the Mayor has some plans for London that will help it survive for a very long time.
Thaddeus Valentine is the Head Historian and he has a daughter named Katherine. One day they are in The Gut when a young assassin strikes and means to kill Thaddeus. A third-class apprentice named Tom jumps in and stops the assassin from killing Thaddeus. Before jumping, Tom sees her face; scarred, only one eye and smashed nose. And that was it for Tom; before he knew it, he was falling too. He was pushed.
And now he is in the Out-Country. How is he going to get back into London?
I became interested in reading this book after reading Fever Crumb, which I had won from a Goodreads giveaway. I loved Fever Crumb, which I know is a prequel to this series, and thought I'd enjoy this as well. I did enjoy it, quite a bit.
This book is full of interesting and complex characters. There is much more to many of them than first meets the eye.
I liked the story and I'm glad we don't live in a world where cities eat each other. And honestly, I hope that won't ever happen.
I like Tom and Hester. I think they are very good character. Both have some things in common, but are still different.
I'm not sure what to think of Thaddeus Valentine. Honestly, at first I thought he was just horrible. But after reading the whole book, I'm not really sure what to think of him.
Katherine is great though. She is caring and always wants to do the right thing.
I really liked this book and eventually I'm going to read the rest of the books in this series.