It’s the start of a Cardiff autumn – the days are getting shorter, the dark evenings settling in. There’s a part of Cardiff that no one goes to much. No crime, no murders, just they stay away. A collection of old rundown houses and gloomy streets. Something’s not quite right there, something is off-kilter. Except now, the Council are renovating the area. And a new company have been employed to do this. And look: they’re going to organise street parties to show off the gentrified area. Clown and face-painters for the kids, street magicians for the adults. None of this is Torchwood’s problem. Except that Tosh recognises the man sponsoring the street parties when she’s passing one day: Bilis Manger!
Syl Verne –
Best TW novel of all, no I’m not biased I have reasons!!
1) explores Bilis’ lore (he’s not a bad guy!!)
2) HAS A WHOLE ALTERNATE UNIVERSE WHERE TOSH AND OWEN ARE MARRIED AND JANTO LOVE LITERALLY SAVES THE WORLD
I mean,,,, it’s still horrible :’D (the alt!verse I mean) but S T I L L . Also, bonus Boom Town reference!! If you can get past how dickish everybody is to Ianto at the beginning (for whatever reason that is, anyway) – and he defends himself really well, seriously – you’re gonna have a really good time, I promise!
I’m not the biggest fan of the novels, but I enjoyed this one!
Other than the team being mean to Ianto at the beginning this was amazing!! It was really interesting to explore Bilis’ character more and the idea of the alternate universe was very cool. ALso, even though the alternate universe was terrible I really loved evil married Tosh and Owen and it was another very good one for Janto content!!
Overall, some of it will hurt but it a good way and I love it very very much!!
In the beginning the writing felt a bit uneven. Especially the team dynamic in the beginning was a bit odd. But as the story progressed it really grew on me. I loved that it was kind of a sequel to End Of Days, which also helps the episode (need to rewatch). I especially liked the sequences of the ‘possible future’. Scary and intriguing.