SO BELOW - THE TRILOGY
If you're ever in great danger, with nowhere else to turn,
maybe you'll find help in the world beneath your feet.
So Below: Key to the City
In a bid to escape from a mysterious pursuer, Yoshi takes refuge below the streets of London - and finds a world away from our own. Here, in this sprawling, multi-layered network of tunnels, panic rooms, vaults, catacombs and lost waterways, under the guidance of a subterranean dweller called Julius Grimaldi, Yoshi discovers his own vital part in a mission to tap into ancient forces underpinning the capital.
So Below: Siege under the City
It's 1666, and the city is ablaze. Below ground, desperate citizens seek refuge from The Great Fire, only to be buried alive when the buildings collapse into the tunnels. Now, centuries later, it is said that their descendents still exist in the very bowels of the city. Blind from a life without sunshine, but with senses as sharp as their teeth, this savage tribe are to be avoided at all costs. Which isn't so easy when Julius concludes the final waypoint in the Faerie Ring is located in their lair … With the fate of the city in his hands, can Yoshi infiltrate this forbidden domain and escape with his life?
So Below: Freedom of the City
A breakout at the zoo transforms London into the ultimate urban jungle. Lions are on the loose, rhino, tigers and trouble-making monkeys, too. You wouldn’t want to be on the streets without a vanishing act up your sleeve … which is precisely what Yoshi and his band of young street magicians are packing.
Until the animals are rounded up, it’s a deeply dangerous place to be. The smart move would be to go to ground, and hide out for a while, And yet within the vast underground labyrinth of viaducts, tunnels, grottos and lost rivers, trouble is brewing on a scale never before seen in this city. Can Yoshi and his gifted friends turn their hand to saving the capital from a dark uprising? And despite the mayhem surrounding them, will their quest finally bring this lost boy closer to the truth about his past?
Praise for So Below:
Nominated for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2009
A fabulously imagined urban fantasy novel set under the streets of London. Elements of computer-game imagery and ley-line mythology all feed in to a thoroughly gripping read.
Matt Whyman has been in terrific form recently, writing novels where the reality remains so bizarre there is never any need to reach for fantasy. So Below sees a change of style in a story set underground London ... well written, compellingly imagined and distinctly odd!
- Published by Simon & Schuster, and available in ebook format from all online bookstores
- So Below: Key to the City also published in paperback as Street Runners