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Paul Cril­ley, Hod­der & Stoughton, R315

Sunday Times - - Review - MOVIES TELE­VI­SION Anna Stroud @an­nawriter_

This is Scot­tish writer Cril­ley’s lat­est en­gross­ing su­per­nat­u­ral­pro­ce­du­ral. The story that started in his de­but Poi­son City con­tin­ues as low-grade ma­gi­cian Gideon Tau (aka Lon­don) and his de­monic side­kick dog (aka Dog) are once again tasked to save the world. Haunted by the kid­nap­ping of his daugh­ter, Lon­don can’t stop tug­ging at the threads of her dis­ap­pear­ance. His in­ves­ti­ga­tion takes him and Dog from Dur­ban to Lon­don and into the mag­i­cal world of Faerie. The colour­ful cast of char­ac­ters in­cludes Ar­mitage the choco­holic revenant, and al­co­holic Fae-en­thu­si­ast Cal­lum Win­ters. Then there’s also Mother Lon­don, Queen Rat and a cast of bad guys want­ing to eat them. Clock­work City is hi­lar­i­ous, ter­ri­fy­ing and won­der­fully imag­i­na­tive.

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