- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (1 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1950920038
- ISBN-13: 978-1950920037
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 395 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
Hidden City Paperback – 1 Aug 2019
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“Creepy. Visionary. Catastrophic. Apocalyptic. These are words occurring frequently in discussions of horror. But Alan Baxter’s Hidden City encapsulates them all to an unusually high degree.” – Michael R. Collings
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"Hidden City is the kind of book that’s incredibly hard to put down- so consider hiding away for a few hours and savouring a reading binge. If you love fast paced action glimmering with magic and the supernatural, you’re going to want to put ‘Hidden City’ at the top of your TBR pile." - Reviewers of Oz
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For me, Hidden City took a little time to warm to. Hines is the main character, a city mage who has a strong link to the city of Cleveport. His powers are pretty limited but they seem to grow as the story continues. I found him to be a little dry and difficult to like early on, which I don’t mind too much, to be honest, but as I progressed I found myself enjoying this character much more. His relationship with Abbey-another central character is great, they bounce off of each other well and have a great chemistry. The city of Cleveport is well drawn by Baxter with several scenes leaving me with similar images to those in neo-noir, sci-fi movie classic Dark City.
The noir elements are particularly strong during the first part of the book as the story turns toward a mystery, crime direction. Things get progressively weirder. The fungal spores growing throughout the city cause havoc amongst the folk of Cleveport, turning them feral. Other characters emerge throughout the book causing further problems. The magical elements are very cool. I love how Hines could talk to the city and as his power grew he was able to manipulate it. Great stuff!
The second half of the book is action-packed and the ending worked really well for me, in fact, I loved it. Alan Baxter continues his good form and Hidden City is a must read for any fans of Alan’s work and definitely for fans of Jim Butcher.
4/5 fungal spores from the Grim Reader.
Hidden City is a great story with a little bit of everything...horror, thriller, adventure and magic. It starts strong and never lets up. Packed full of fabulous characters, each with their own agenda, the story is told from numerous perspectives.
I reaaly enjoyed this book, and if you enjoy weird fiction then you will too!
This was a very difficult book to put down, and was devoured in three days as a result. Whilst still having much of what I've noted above from Alan's previous works, Hidden City offers something new, a city that feels alive because, well, it is! The story connects the city and the characters in a way that makes the reader feel what they feel and fast pacing keeps you turning the page to see what will happen next, building to what can best be described, without giving anything away, as a Lovecraft style epic ending.
If you are a fan of Alan Baxter you will thoroughly enjoy Hidden City, and if you are new to Alan's work this is a great novel to start on.
The story follows Hines, a city mage, and his detective friend Abbey as they investigate an outbreak of strange fungus in the city of Cleveport. Hines and Abbey have a friendship that is plausible and genuine, and the scenes with the two of them just hanging out are an easy highlight. As the story progresses and their investigation takes them to some darker places, Baxter does an excellent job of notching up the tension.
The book's X-factor is, for me, the city of Cleveport itself. This is a world where magic and those that practice it exist alongside iPhones and the internet. Cleveport's exact location is nebulous, but I liked the little details that were clearly there for Australian readers like myself to pick up on. It truly feels like a real place, which is no mean feat given some of the turns the plot takes.
Hidden City is easily one of my reads of the year and anyone looking for a read that is dark, challening, but also a hell of a lot of fun should check it out.