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‘Okay, so what have we got?’ Lily’’s dad paced the kitchen in his shirt and tie, running his fingers through his fading blond
hair.
Lily put her chin in her hand and stared at her laptop. ‘I told you, Dad. Not enough.’The guy who sold her the papers is a visa-passport-whatever faker. Facial recognition on the CCTV has had him in the City a few times recently, but he doesn’t stay anywhere long enough to get caught. And without him, we’re not going to get any further.’
Her father rubbed his face, then folded his arms. ‘What’’s he doing in the City?’
She shrugged. ‘Pubs, mainly. Probably meeting clients. Although there are a couple of places he goes that I can’t figure out. Most likely dead drops, just leaving the papers for people to come and collect. One derelict alley in Bow Lane in particular.’
Her father …

About the book

In an unseen world hidden within modern London, girls are disappearing.

Sixteen-year-old Lily was meant to be next, but she's saved by a stranger: a half-human boy with gold-flecked eyes. Regan is from an unseen world hidden within our own, where legendary creatures hide in plain sight.

But now both worlds are under threat, and Lily and Regan must race to find the girls, and save their divided city.

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“I would thoroughly recommend City of Halves ... The book has everything: great pace, a strong narrative, romance, adventure, danger, monsters ... What more could you want?”

The Guardian

“Beautifully told, this is a gripping story which flows effortlessly across boundaries which typically separate the real from the imaginary... Lucy Inglis makes magical delightfully credible as the fast-paced and danger-filled adventure unfolds.”

Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading

“I loved City of Halves and found the characters great. It also had lots of suspense and twists … I think this is a great book and if you are a fan of supernatural and fantasy you should read it.”

Natalie Hunter (age 12), LoveReading4Kids

“A fast-paced, thrilling novel that teenagers will love!”

Young Writers

“Beautifully told, this is a gripping story which flows effortlessly across boundaries which typically separate the real from the imaginary … Lucy Inglis makes magical delightfully credible as the fast-paced and danger-filled adventure unfolds.”

Julia Eccleshare, Children's Literary critic

“This book is incredible, I read it once, then twice, then three times … I especially enjoyed the relationships the characters have with each other – the clashes of personality, the hatred, the jealousy, the friendship and the love … will definitely look forward to reading more books from this extremely talented author.”

Esme (age 14), LoveReading4Kids

“A must read for all teen fantasy fans. A page turner from start to finish. Keeps you entertained with wonderful creatures … can’t wait for more! … lots of twists and turns, definitely a must if you love The Mortal Instruments.”

Molly Hudson (age 12) LoveReading4Kids

“This is a gripping story that keeps the pages turning. The characters are well drawn and are many faceted … this kept my attention throughout and should appeal to older teens, both boys and girls. You will never look at a city and its inhabitants the same way again.”

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“a tense and well-written supernatural adventure.”

Publishers Weekly (USA)

“The fantastical elements in the story were all really imaginative. The book read like a standalone novel, but I really hope that there will be a sequel or follow-up story of some description … I adored Lucy Inglis’s talent in weaving fantastical elements around a well-loved city, and I’d love to read more YA from her. Recommended if you’re a fan of the genre, or if you’re looking for a read with a really clever ending!”

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