Richard Mayhew is on his way to dinner with his fiancee’ Jessica, an important dinner where he will be meeting her boss for the first time. When a young girl steps through a door in a wall and collapses in front of them, bleeding, Jessica is all for ignoring her and moving on to impress her boss, but Richard vows to help the girl. She begs to not be taken to the hospital, to be taken somewhere safe from her attackers, so he takes her home with him, infuriating Jessica in the process.
In getting help for the girl, Door, Richard finds himself in a labyrinthine version of London below the London he knows. This ‘London Below” is a magical, haunted realm, filled with homeless folks, as well as inhabitants from other times, like monks, ancient Romans, warriors and vampires, as well as angels and demons. Compounding his problems is the fact that in ‘London Above’, he is suddenly invisible, and he loses his job, his home, and his fiancee’. So he must find a way back to his own reality, where he can return to the life he knows.
I enjoyed the book while I was reading it, but I didn’t feel myself compelled to pick it up very often. Eventually, I decided to skip the middle of the book, and read the last few chapters instead. I guess I’m just not a big fan of the Fantasy genre. The level of detail required to create the mythical worlds bogs me down and I lose interest. But if you’re a fan of Fantasy, you might find this to be an enjoyable read.