Ancient myth collides with modern technology in this gripping urban fantasy. London. Present day. Girls are disappearing. And strange things are roaming the streets. When sixteen-year-old Lily is attacked by a two-headed dog, she’s saved by hot, tattooed, and not-quite-human Regan. As Guardian of the Gates, it’s his job to protect both halves of the City—new and old—from restless creatures that threaten its very existence. But an influx of these mythological beasts has Regan worried that something terrible—and immense—is about to happen. The missing girls may have something to do with the monsters wandering around London, but what do they have in common? Can Lily and Regan find the girls and discover the truth in time to save London from being torn apart?
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The book starts off slowly, with a girl who is obviously an amazing hacker of systems and computers. But the pacing quickly changes. Lily’s entire world gets turned upside down and inside out.
What I like best: The use of different London landmarks; Battersea Power Station, Bow Lane and old Holborn. Having visited London and studying in England, it was nice to read about familiar landmarks. She weaves the location with elements of mythology in a very interesting way. The different characters add interesting plot twists and sometimes humor in the darkest moments.
The story is imaginative and I am hoping this is not a standalone novel. I would love to see the places these characters could go. The urban fantasy world Inglis creates in fascinating and I would love to learn more about its inhabitants.
I would thoroughly recommend City of Halves especially those who are fans of fantasy and mythology. While branded as being similar to The Mortal Instruments, I don’t think it is a fair comparison. Mortal Instruments fans may or may not see the similarities.