So, the goddess Mater Viae has returned to London and the city’s streets are convulsing as their very infrastructure of pipe, cable and wire are imbued with life. Here and there, pockets of humanity hang on hiding from Mater Vrae’s henchmen, the Masonry Men, creatures of clay that can travel through the ground at breakneck speed, and Mater Viae from her throne in Canary Wharf needs humans to complete her dastardly plan for world domination.
All kinds of strange creatures share this world with the humans; methane dragons from the drains called Sewermanders, animate statues of saints and angels, beings of electric light and Gutterglass, a creature formed of garbage and vermin. Humanity’s only hope is Beth: a teenager who has been infected by London, her skin a mass of roof tiles, train tracks and tarmac, even her voice is the sound of the city; car horns and engine noise, and her sidekick Pen, a teenage lesbian muslem.
Beth and Pen’s plans to infiltrate Mater Viae’s headquarters and discover just what she wants so many humans for have tragic consequences and its now up to the girls to wake up and form an alliance with the long dormant Crane King before taking on the goddess in one action packed final battle.
Our Lady of the Streets is the third part of Tom Pollock’s Skyscraper Throne trilogy and since I hadn’t read the other two volumes: The City’s Son and The Glass Republic, it took a while for me to work out what the hell was going on and get into the story. I’m glad I persisted, Pollock is a talented writer with a mighty big imagination and once I was up to speed the action fairly rattled along at a breakneck pace. The characters are well drawn and I liked the fact that both of his heroes were female and that one of them was Asian.
I give Our Lady of the Streets 555/666.