The Glass Republic, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'Marks the appearance of a powerful new imagination in SF' Guardian In the gripping sequel to The City's Son, Pen returns to London-Under-Glass when her mirror sister - and biggest secret - is abducted.

Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Pen's life is all about secrets: the secret of the city's spirits, deities and monsters that live just beyond notice, the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly - and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflection in a school bathroom mirror and the only person who really understands her. When Parva is abducted, Pen is forced to make a terrible bargain for the means to track her down, for in London-Under-Glass, looks are currency, and Pen's scars make her a rare and valuable commodity.

Kept company by the pretty and fierce steeplejill, Espel, Pen isn't completely alone, but some in the reflected city will do anything to keep her from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face.

The Glass Republic is the gripping sequel to The City's Son, and the second book of The Skyscraper Throne trilogy.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781780870137



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Didn't quite catch me like the previous one but interesting all the same, you could see where things were being set up for the next story in the sequence. This story is mostly about Pen and her mirror self Parva who goes missing in the mirror world and Pen goes to investigate, which costs her and her family. In the mirror world she finds that the politics is complicated and messy. Meanwhile Beth is trying to come to terms with the changes to herself and her image of herself.It's a middle book, good, setting up things to come but didn't quite grasp me like the first one did.

Also in the The Skyscraper Throne series