Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

By Neil Gaiman

Richard Mayhew is a tender guy with a very good middle and a standard existence, that's replaced without end while he stops to aid a lady he reveals bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him right into a global he by no means dreamed existed. There are those that fall throughout the cracks, and Richard has turn into one in every of them. And he needs to discover ways to continue to exist during this urban of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he's ever to come back to the London that he knew.

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On cold nights the covers would vanish just as I fell asleep, while on other nights I would awake either to loud noises in another room or to the sensation of someone pinching my toes. I was certain the house was haunted, and after much work to try to dispel the creature, I determined that magic was to no avail. In desperation I asked a local priest I knew to perform an exorcism. He complied, with the only result being that the night after he sprinkled holy water around the house, I was sprinkled in my bed by water that most likely came from a rather dirty horse trough.

I thought I could see, far ahead of me, something shine with a pale light. I moved forward, hearing the sound of the boat moving away behind me. At length I came to the source of the glow. A wall of ice, which shone softly with no light upon it, closed up the way ahead. 29 So I brought out my lute, and the folk called for the songs they best loved, as folk everywhere do. The inn was crowded with many who did not seem travelers, but villagers. The wine had flowed freely since before my arrival, I could see.

Within these realms, glamour that is seen through remains. Any glamour that is pierced while it is in the faerie realms appears in its true form when such realms are left behind; any glamour that is not pierced may remain when the mortal world is again reached. Only fools try to pierce the glamour surrounding a faerie. If this is done, one of two things occurs. Either the person seeing through the faerie can no longer sense the faerie’s presence (but can still be affected by the faerie), or the person sees the faerie’s ‘true’ shape.

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