Today, we are happy to be hosting the US cover reveal for Tom Pollock’s The Glass Republic, the sequel to The City’s Son (one of Ana’s Notable Reads of 2012) and a highly anticipated read for 2013.

Behold! The Smugglerific Cover (and summary)!


Glass Republic


Pen’s life is all about secrets: the secret of the city’s spirits, deities and monsters her best friend Beth discovered, living just beyond the notice of modern Londoners; the secret of how she got the intricate scars that disfigure her so cruelly – and the most closely guarded secret of all: Parva, her mirror-sister, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror. Pen’s reflected twin is the only girl who really understands her.

Then Parva is abducted and Pen makes a terrible bargain for the means to track her down. In London-Under-Glass looks are currency, and Pen’s scars make her a rare and valuable commodity. But some in the reflected city will do anything to keep Pen from the secret of what happened to the sister who shared her face.


“If you’ve not met her already, let me introduce you to Pen.

For an ordinary girl from a nice British Pakistani family, Pen’s been through a lot in the last few months. She was kidnapped by a barbed wire demon, rode at the head of an army of scaffolding wolves and fought in a war against a demolition god, all in the name of her best friend.

Now back at school, she wears the scars of that war on her face, and the only person who knows what that’s like is her mirror-sister Parva: a doppleganger who only exists in London-Under-Glass, the city of London’s reflections. Parva’s her own person, but she shares all of Pen’s memories and she understands.

When Parva goes missing, Pen ventures into London-Under-Glass to find her. It’s a strange city, where it rains brick and concrete as well as water, where beauty is currency and a well-turned eyebrow is worth killing for, a city dominated by the dangerous politics of the Mirrorstocracy.

At its heart though, this story’s about something very simple, the search of a scarred, scared, brave girl for the soul in all the worlds that’s closest to her own. I really hope you enjoy it.”


We are giving away one US Hardback copy of City’s Son (to be delivered immediately) AND a US ARC of The Glass Republic (to be delivered when available – likely May) to a lucky winner! The giveaway is open to ALL and to enter, use the form below. The contest will run until Saturday January 19 2013 at 12:00 AM (EST). Good luck!

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134 Responses to A Smugglerific Cover (& Giveaway): The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock

  1. Phoebe says:

    A cover with a girl wearing a hijab?! WICKED AWESOME.

  2. Gabriella says:

    Ackkk this is so awesome!!

  3. Franki says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks SO SO GOOD. It’s so refreshing and exciting not only to see a FANTASY story whose main character is a POC, but wherein the focal relationship is a FRIENDSHIP. I need this book in my life. <3

  4. I’ve been meaning to get to The City’s Son but this looks like the perfect opportunity to! The cover looks pretty neat.

  5. Terah says:

    OMG squeal. A badass hijabi on the cover? Great job!

  6. Gerd D. says:

    London under glass does sound like a fascinating world.

  7. Hafsah says:

    EEEP! I love the cover. You don’t see a teen hijabi on a YA cover everyday!

  8. Moonshine says:

    I really hope the British cover will be as brave. Such a lovely guy Tom is too!

  9. Lexi says:

    I love the cover. I only wish I had it last year for some of my students.

  10. Paige says:

    Oh!!!!! The first book in this series was so brilliant! And the next one sounds so good, too…

  11. Mieneke says:

    I adored The City’s Son and that cover looks amazing!

  12. Kitty says:

    Sounds like a great read. Great cover too.

  13. Serenity says:

    Heard great things about The City’s Son, would love to get my hands on it AND the sequel!

  14. Katie says:

    I’ve never heard of these books before, but they look good.

  15. Kate K.F. says:

    Great cover and The City’s Son sounded like a great read as does this.

  16. AnimeJune says:

    Love the cover! A nice kick in the balls to the whitewashing fans.

  17. Emilie says:

    So excited for this sequel! Love the cover.

  18. tina says:

    Yes, I loved this novel and I cannot wait for a story from inside Pen’s head!

  19. Melissa P. says:

    Looks like an interesting book.

  20. Really enjoyed The City’s Son…can’t wait to dig into this one!!!

  21. Superbwg says:

    Love the premise of these books, very awesome

  22. kelly says:

    Oooo! Am midway through THE CITY’S SON. So, so good!

  23. Kay-Kay-Bay says:

    Yay for a book with a female friendship! There are FAR too few of those.

  24. Shannon H says:

    I got City’s Son for Christmas and cannot wait for the sequel! Also, I appreciate the accurate looking cover, not enough of those…

  25. Marie-Claude says:

    I love the cover!!! It ‘s the first time a see a girl wearing a hijab on a book cover.

  26. Andrea Chettle says:

    Fantastic cover I loved the first book (I think it might be my favourite book of 2012) and I cannot wait to read the second Thanks for making this giveaway available to all

  27. Elyse says:

    Wow, this looks cool. I love the hijab!

  28. Nikki Egerton says:

    I’d like to echo the excitement to read a book where friendship is the focus rather than true love!

  29. Jae Lee says:

    I just got The City’s Son from the library and I was planning on spending the weekend with it. It would be dope to get an ARC of the sequel.

  30. Ooh, a sequel to The City’s Son! I love urban magic.

  31. Samantha says:

    The first book has been on my TBR wish list since I saw it in the store. I’d love to read both of the books. They look amazing

  32. Brendan H says:

    Looks and sounds interesting to say the least.

  33. Nadine says:

    Honestly, while I thought both the covers for the first book looked intriguing, I wasn’t quite sure it was for me. But this cover is so interesting it makes me immediately want to grab the book and browse through it.

  34. Alison says:

    These books look great! They are definitely going on my “to read” list.

  35. Stephanie says:

    I’ve already been drooling over The City Son and wanting, but this has me even more intrigued by this world. Scars and mirrors and such unique stuff!

  36. Sheila says:

    Just gonna quote Phoebe here:
    A cover with a girl wearing a hijab?! WICKED AWESOME.

  37. Genevieve says:

    The City Son has been on my tbr list for a while. It would be lovely to get a chance to win a copy.

  38. Chenise Jones says:

    This cover has such an interesting look to it! Can’t wait to read this series!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Wow — could that cover be more different than City’s Son?? That first cover screamed urban fantasy, but this one looks a bit more down to earth. Of course, we shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but you know we all secretly do!

    Eh, it’s Tom Pollock, so who gives a crap about the cover anyway, since we all know it’s going to be awesome.

  40. jenmitch says:

    thanks for the giveaway, would love to start reading the series :)

  41. Lillian says:

    This sounds really interesting. I really enjoy the cover of The Glass Republic.

  42. Charlee Vale says:

    I’m reading City’s Son right now! EEE!


  43. Jennifer says:

    I am adding the first book on my list to “maybe” read (“maybe” because it’s a “to read” list but with that many titles on it, any title de facto becomes a maybe).

  44. nicole belletiere says:

    I would love to read this

  45. Mindy says:

    This sounds neat. In some ways the concept of London-under-glass is reminding me of Neverwhere and A Face Like Glass. Added to Mount TBR.

  46. Mel S says:

    I loved the first book and I’m fascinated to see what London Under Glass will be like – very excited. Plus the cover looks great! :-)

  47. Alexandra the Great says:

    This looks like a really neat series! And I’m always up for reading a book set in London…

  48. Heidi says:

    Okay, I’ll admit it: I still haven’t read The City’s Son, but it’s certainly on my must read list to hit soon. I’ve heard such good things from so many people, and the sequel looks fantastic! Huzzah for PoC features on covers.

  49. leanna says:

    ooh!! This sounds amazing — I’m shooting over to mark it as to-read on Goodreads asap! xo leanna

  50. Ellie says:

    The City’s Son has been on my TBR list since your review…it sounds so good!

  51. Ilana says:

    Tres interesante :)

  52. Barbara Elness says:

    Wow, The Glass Republic sounds like an awesome story. I’m very interested in reading it.

  53. Tricia C. says:

    I’m not familiar with The City’s Son; I’m definitely going to be investigating it. The Glass Republic sounds fascinating!

  54. Renee G says:

    I haven’t read the Cities Son yet, but these both look good.

  55. LisaC says:

    This looks and sounds amazing.

  56. Jamie says:

    That sounds really amazing.

  57. Ariana A. says:

    Love the premise here. Sounds great.

  58. JenP says:

    Sounds so original!

  59. Hannah says:

    That’s a lovely cover- it reminds me a little of the Angry Robots one. The book sounds interesting, and I have no idea how I missed the City’s Son. Well, another for my TBR pile.

  60. erinf1 says:

    Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Nathan says:

    That is a unique looking cover. Can’t think of any that are really like it.

  62. Julie says:

    I can’t wait!

  63. Judith R. says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  64. Stephanie says:

    I’m ready for this book!

  65. Summer Sears says:

    Me please!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, this is going in my TBR pile as of right now.

  67. This book sounds VERY interesting. And the cover is both beautiful and taking a risk with a girl in a hijab, which “everyone knows” won’t make it sell well. I hope it’s a NYT bestseller.

  68. Dovile says:

    The plot sounds quite unique, I’d like to read the books!

  69. Anonymous says:

    I’ve wanted to read The City’s Son since I heard that it had come out. The cover looks amazing on both books and I can’t wait until I finally get my hands on them!

  70. Laura says:

    This sounds great.

  71. Bethany says:

    Would love to read this- putting it on my very long list now

  72. Emma says:

    This sounds cool! I’d never heard of this series before.

  73. Van P. says:

    Sounds interesting, thanks for the giveaway!

  74. Dana says:

    Sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous… Thanks for the giveaway

  75. WOW!!! Very different! I like it! The brownish-gold tones are very nice! Great job, cover artists!

  76. Vanessa says:

    The City’s Son has been on my TBR list for a while, now I want them both.

  77. bn100 says:

    This sounds interesting.

  78. Lori Walker says:

    I think I’ll add this to my GoodReads wishlist!

  79. Mary Preston says:

    This series does look fantastic.

  80. Stephanie L. says:

    This sounds like a great read

  81. Marie Chettle says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  82. scribe k. says:

    this books sounds great!

  83. Allison says:

    I love that cover<3

  84. Mariska says:

    interesting cover. yeap. i want to read it !

  85. Debbie says:

    This looks great. I love that the main character is of Pakistani descent.

  86. Serena says:

    Never heard of it, but sounds good!

  87. Shelver506 says:

    I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for unexplained scars. Can’t wait to read this one!

  88. Teresa says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a book like this before…I’m very interested! It’ll go on my To-Read list for sure.

  89. Brightsuzaku says:

    So, I’m guessing despite all my rank speculation, there are *no* cranes around St. Paul’s Under Glass, eh? Hahaha.

    Also, brave as it is, Pen just wouldn’t be Pen unless she was wearing hijab! But, that in mind, I’m getting the itchy story is about bravery, in all kinds of ways.

    Maybe, in that sense, this talk about the hijab (thankfully, positive!) is appropriate for a world so focused, apparently, on looks. After all, just what do YOU see when you see a girl in hijab? I for one, respect our Lady Ninjas.

  90. Brightsuzaku says:

    The “itchy feeling”. *sigh* This is probably what I deserve for trying to write a comment using my phone! Spffft~~

  91. hapax says:

    That cover is STUNNING. I’ve been meaning to read the first book, and now I can’t wait.

  92. Rhys says:

    Man, the first book was stunning, I can’t wait to read The Glass Republic.

  93. jillheather says:

    I delayed and delayed reading The City’s Son and I only wish I had delayed more so I wouldn’t’ve had to wait so long until the sequel.

  94. Oona says:

    I really, really like the idea of a main character who both wears a headscarf and is not perfectly beautiful. Such risk-taking (which shouldn’t even be considered risk-taking, really) is quite rare in the YA world.

  95. Billy S says:

    i hope i win, the book looks great

  96. Tasnim says:

    Cool, this series sounds awesome!

  97. Daniel M says:

    sounds like a fun one thanks for the giveaway!

  98. Ed Nemmers says:

    I would like to read Tom Pollock!

  99. Anneke says:

    This sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    looks like a good read
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  101. Tricha says:

    sounds intereesting

  102. Melinda says:

    Definitely an interesting story!

  103. Gem says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! The series intrigued me since the setting reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Seems like a cool series to try out.

  104. Mary DeBorde says:

    Sounds like creepy fun – thank you for the nice giveaway!! <3

  105. Jason McDermott says:

    Looks cool

  106. kathy pease says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)

  107. Sandy V. says:

    These sound like good books.

  108. Miranda Gonzalez says:

    I would love to win these books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  109. Amanda N says:

    I loved The City’s Son and am really looking forward to The Glass Republic. The series is great and I can’t wait for more!

  110. Kari Flores says:

    I love reading new authors and books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  111. Marlene Schwark says:

    The sounds like my kind of read. Thank you

  112. Jenny says:

    Looks like a great book!

  113. Saver Sara says:

    Looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  114. coni guerin says:

    Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  115. Sally Wilsey says:

    Sounds interesting would love to win this book.

  116. susan smoaks says:

    i love to read and i love a good book!

  117. Melanie Rivers says:

    Sounds intresting.

  118. Josie Hink says:

    Great giveaway…Thanks for the chance!!

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  120. Jessica Poston says:

    It sounds like an interesting book!

  121. Beth C says:

    looks good

  122. Breanne says:

    Sounds good!

  123. Charlene Shaver says:

    Looks like a great read :)

  124. Debbie Lewis says:

    I love giveaways that includes books as prizes

  125. Danielle Porter says:

    I love getting new books to read! Thanks. ;-)

  126. laurie brown says:

    Great giveaway!

  127. Emi says:

    Wow! You get both books! Looks like a great story for me to read and pass on to our teen.

  128. Robyn R says:

    Sounds like a totally intriguing read. I’m loving the names in London-Under-Glass.

  129. Wayne Lecoy says:

    Please Enter Me In Your The Glass Republic Giveaway
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy of The City’s Son
    and ARC of The Glass Republic by Tom Pollack.
    I Enjoy Reading And Discovering New Authors.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway.

  130. Lacey says:

    These books sound great. I love the cover. Thanks!

  131. Buddy Garrett says:

    These books sound very interesting. Thanks.

  132. [...] I end my review with a bit of wishful thinking about where the series might go next. Well, it turns out Pollock was thinking along similar lines: [...]

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