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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I am Currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It concerns a young businessman named Richard Mayhew who finds himself caterpaulted into a bizarre netherworld below London, after helping a seriously injured young orphan girl named Door evade two infamous and seemingly inhuman assassins, named Croup and Vandemar. Richard journeys through the mysterious world of London Below where he encounters the Rat-Speakers, who worship Rats and then travels across the mysterious Night’s Bridge, with his Rat-Speaker friend and guide, Anaesthesia before arriving at the Floating Market, a giant bazaar where people barter for all manner of magical items. He is reunited with Door at the Floating Market, and They are joined by The legendary bodyguard and fighter “Hunter”.

Door, the Marquis, Hunter and Richard then set off on a perilous quest through London Below to find the Angel Islington (who is the protector of London Below) the company also retrieves a unique key from the Black Friars. The two return to Hunter at the Museum. Meanwhile the Marquis seeks out Croup and Vandemar, exchanging a priceless Tang dynasty figurine for information regarding the murder of Door’s family. However Croup and Vandemar betray and kill the Marquis. Upon meeting the Black Friars, Door, Richard and Hunter are faced with three ordeals. They gain the key and return to the Floating Market, where Hammersmith, a blacksmith friend of Door’s secretly forges a copy of the key. Door, Richard and Hunter then meet the mysterious Lamia, one of the vampire-like Velvets who promises to guide them to the angel’s residence but may not be entierly trustworthy.

Then Hunter betrays Door and takes her to Croup and Vandemar, in exchange for the magical spear she needs to hunt and slay the great Beast of London. So Croup, Vandemar and Door travel, toward the great labyrinth through which they need to pass to reach Islington, with Richard, the Marquis, and Hunter not far behind. In the labyrinth they confront the Beast of London and also learn that Islington has an ulterior motive. Then Croup and Vandemar, coerce Door into opening the door to Heaven, and things get very exciting…