A classic Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere sees Richard, an office worker in London, tumble into the world below the cracks in society. There is a taste of the stereotypical fantasy plot of “bored young man becomes hero” here, but with such strong other characters and unique setting, this can be ignored.
The story runs through British mythology, a version of the aristocracy, and London geography, jumbled together into a fantastic world. For anyone familiar with London, the concept of each of the tube stations being as fantastic as they sound is enchanting; with an Earl of Earl’s Court and an Angel called Islington. This combines with a hunt for escape and vengeance that traverses London below.
Gaiman’s fantasy stories are always imaginative and Neverwhere is no exception.