|City of Dreams & Nightmares is
Ian Whates first novel, but not his first published work as he does have a collection of
short fiction to his name.
City of Dreams & Nightmares
inhabits an urban fantasy world that has leapt fully formed from the pen (or computer) of
Mr Whates. The story is set in a city that is one hundred tiers or rows high, with social
gradation by row with the under-classes (those who have yet to make it into the city
proper) living in at row zero.
I liked the cityscape created and its range of denizens with their disputes and social
structures, the hierarchies and freshness of the setting. The city was not a London or New
York rebuilt, it was somewhere new.
My only complaint was that at some point Mr Whates felt a need to tie up loose ends,
which for this reviewer weakened the story and may have hobbled the upcoming sequel. With
that small grouch to one side, City of Dreams & Nightmares is
a compelling read that I was sorry to see end. I liked the characters, who were by turns
moral and amoral as it suited them, and the world they lived in. I shall be keeping an eye
out for the sequel City of Hope & Despair when it is