Glass Town
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 Details

TitleGlass Town
Author
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
ISBN-139781250077837
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Glass Town Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Joshua Raines finds a letter that his grandfather had written confessing to being in love with another woman back in 1924 right before he passed away in 1994. That woman, Eleanor Raines had gone missing seventy years before that confession was written leaving a mystery that had yet to be solved. Joshua didn't have much of a memory of the letter since he was only eight when his grandfather passed but finding it has brought the past back to mind. Back in 1926 Isaiah had fallen in love with Eleanor Joshua Raines finds a letter that his grandfather had written confessing to being in love with another woman back in 1924 right before he passed away in 1994. That woman, Eleanor Raines had gone missing seventy years before that confession was written leaving a mystery that had yet to be solved. Joshua didn't have much of a memory of the letter since he was only eight when his grandfather passed but finding it has brought the past back to mind. Back in 1926 Isaiah had fallen in love with Eleanor but wasn't the only one, his brother Seth Lockwood had also loved her and she and Seth both disappeared at the same time. Now Joshua will go on a journey to learn that the Glass Town had been created where time passes differently than in the real world, a hundred years would equal one in this realm and now the walls of the secret city are falling. Glass Town by Steven Savile is an urban fantasy with a bit of a mystery edge to it as the character in our time is taken in with events that took place all those years ago and finds a fantasy world has existed. Unfortunately as interesting as this one sounded to me when picking it up once I got into reading the book it just never really grabbed me or completely gained my interest. The pace in this one started off rather slowly to me with the writing being a bit denser than I usually like which didn't help me really get invested in this story at all. I will say there were some creative ideas that had potential but I just felt it kind of drag along and never really wow me as I read. I would also warn too that I was not expecting sexual activity at all from the synopsis so finding it took me rather by surprise. There was also a lot of language and some violence in this definitely adult fantasy. In the end though the style just wasn't for me but others may enjoy it. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Alan Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really interesting supernatural thriller with some killer ideas at work. The characters are well drawn, the evocation of old movie magic and modern London crime an excellent juxtaposition. It reminded me of something by Clive Barker or Ramsey Campbell, but with a uniquely Savile twist. Blisteringly paced, cleverly plotted and relentlessly inventive. Highly recommended.
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  • Jeanne25
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this book. First – I love the story premise. The novel is well written. The characters Josh and Julie are likeable. My rating must hover somewhere between “It’s ok” and “I like it”. I am sure there is an audience for Glass Town. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish the novel, not because it was bad but because I just never could get into it. I wish I could say more positive or negative but I simply have a neutral view of it. Thank you to the publisher and Ne I have mixed feelings about this book. First – I love the story premise. The novel is well written. The characters Josh and Julie are likeable. My rating must hover somewhere between “It’s ok” and “I like it”. I am sure there is an audience for Glass Town. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish the novel, not because it was bad but because I just never could get into it. I wish I could say more positive or negative but I simply have a neutral view of it. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rhett Bruno
    January 1, 1970
    A captivating novel from a veteran author. I was engaged from start to finish. It's gritty, there is magic and mystery, what isn't to love? Plus, there is nothing I enjoy more than a taut story that doesn't waste any time, and this has that in spades. Highly recommended!
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  • William
    January 1, 1970
    Steve S has excelled even by his standards. A masterful piece of work that reminded me of Tim Powers filtered through a particularly British perspective. Memorable characters, a great premise, and as tightly plotted as we've come to expect from Steve. Lovely stuff.
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  • Joshualyn Prater
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers. This story is about an obsession and one man's attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather's life, set in a magical and intricately woven cityscape.The synopsis is as follows :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 yo I received this ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you netgalley and publishers. This story is about an obsession and one man's attempt to unravel the mystery that destroyed his grandfather's life, set in a magical and intricately woven cityscape.The synopsis is as follows :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.This was an interesting book, I had mixed feelings, I enjoyed it but I felt it was just a bit too slow for me at first.. 4 stars.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - 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.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 y I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - 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.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.Confused? So. Was. I. To be 100% honest I got confused and lost in the plot and magic and started to lose interest VERY early on. As a librarian and book lover, if I do not learn something new or get engaged in the characters I do not finish the book as there are too many good ones out there to read and review. I will give this book two stars as the premise was great ... it was just not for me.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    It's tough to define the genre for this book, which I think in some way goes to explain the fact that the reviews are so mixed. There are elements of fantasy, supernatural, horror, and thriller, yet to class it as any one of those would be doing it an injustice. Joshua Raines swears he's just seen the woman his grandfather used to obsess about. And it wasn't an old woman, it was exactly the same young woman he's seen images of. It's not long before Joshua is following in his grandfathers obsessi It's tough to define the genre for this book, which I think in some way goes to explain the fact that the reviews are so mixed. There are elements of fantasy, supernatural, horror, and thriller, yet to class it as any one of those would be doing it an injustice. Joshua Raines swears he's just seen the woman his grandfather used to obsess about. And it wasn't an old woman, it was exactly the same young woman he's seen images of. It's not long before Joshua is following in his grandfathers obsessive footsteps, a path that leads him into a world of magic. A path that leads him to Glass Town. If you like your fiction dark and magical, then this is the book for you. Savile has created an amazing world, hidden within the hustle and bustle of modern London.
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  • Heather Brown
    January 1, 1970
    If you liked Mr Norrell and Jonathan Strange, you will like Glass Town. Unfortunately I am more of a Simon Green's Nightside person, so this was a DNF for me. It is well-written, creepy, and thought-provoking. Give it a try!
  • Alysa H.
    January 1, 1970
    ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **
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