They call it the City of a Hundred Rows. The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below, and demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights. The Prime Master desperately seeks the cure for bone flu a mysterious and deadly malady that is striking down the talented in Thaiburley s highest Rows Kat, the renegade nick, forms an uneasy alliance with her sister Charveve, and the two lead the Tattooed Men through the dark streets of the City Below in search of the Soul Thief: the evil monster that murdered their mother and consigned both girls to the gladitorial hellhole known as the Pits Ian s love of science fiction began while he was still at school, manifesting itself when he produced an SF murder mystery as homework after being set the essay title The Language of Shakespeare, much to the bemusement of his English teacher. Also while at school, Ian was awarded The Lord Mayor s Prize for English, in a competition open to all the schools in London. His first published stories appeared in the late 1980s, but it was not until the early 2000s that he began to pursue writing with any seriousness, joining the Northampton SF Writers Group in 2004 after being introduced to its chairman, Ian Watson."