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The Glass God (Magicals Anonymous) [Paperback]

Kate Griffin
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9 July 2013 Magicals Anonymous

Sharon Li: apprentice shaman and community support officer for the magically inclined.

It wasn't the career Sharon had in mind, but she's getting used to running Magicals Anonymous and learning how to Be One With The City.

When the Midnight Mayor goes missing, leaving only a suspiciously innocent-looking umbrella behind him, Sharon finds herself promoted. Her first task: find the Midnight Mayor. The only clues she has are a city dryad's cryptic warning and several pairs of abandoned shoes...

Suddenly, Sharon's job feels a whole lot harder.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (9 July 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0356500659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500652
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[The] utterly charming protagonist easily elevates Griffin's second magical London series above the urban fantasy crowd (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review)

[An] outstanding follow-up to the outstanding Stray Souls (RT BOOK REVIEWS)

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The second novel in a new urban magic series, Magicals Anonymous, from the author of the Matthew Swift novels set in London's hidden otherworld

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite 23 Sep 2013
By Ali C
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I love Kate Griffin's writing and her conception of magic, but this book might have been my least favourite so far. It was fun and the characters were likeable, but I battled to get really immersed in the story. On the one hand, it's refreshing to have realistic dialogue - as a 20-something, I felt like everyone, you know, spoke like me, yeah? But on the other hand, I felt that a lot of the characters didn't have distinct voices. I really want to love Sharon, and I do like her, but after two books I still feel like I'm trying to make sense of her as a character. I'll definitely keep reading the series, but so far I much prefer the original Matthew Swift books.
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The Glass God is the second novel from Griffin in her Magicals Anonymous series. I'm torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. In essence I love the storyline and characters Griffin has going here but this book didn't quite reach my expectations.

Just when Sharon Li was settling into her new job as Community Support Worker and Shaman, She finds herself landed with a new and unexpected job role when the Midnight Mayor goes missing. If that wasn't enough, once again it seems the fate of the City rests with Sharon and her motley crew from Magicals Anonymous. This time round the City is under threat from a rather unhappy and un-`fed' Old Man Bone and a disgraced wizard seeking power. Oh and did I mention she has to find the Midnight Mayor before it's too late, and before Old Man Bone has her own shoes?

Again, Griffin has developed an interesting storyline but somehow it doesn't contain the level of detail I expected. Compared to Stray Souls this book lacked action and complexity. I found the plot rather straight forward and almost uneventful. It wasn't until the final third that things started picking up for me, but even then it felt predictable. Obviously the storyline has potential. Griffin seems to have a knack for conjuring original and detailed fantasy worlds and plots. However, it feels as though she hasn't quite given herself the time needed to expand this one to its full capacity.

I was also disappointed not to read more of the self help group for magical misfits. This was a great source of humour during the first book, so I was looking forward to delving into the minds of the magical community again but it wasn't to be. Griffin barely touches upon the group meetings despite having ample opportunity to do so within their weekly/monthly get-togethers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 26 July 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Whilst many seem to love being taken to a foreign country for their Urban Fantasy, I love being transported to our own capital for a magical mystery tour where the normal becomes the unusual, and the mundane becomes weird. As with Kate's other titles in the series this title takes you on a wonderful journey as the principle character within, Sharon Li, has a huge quest ahead of her, to find the Midnight Mayor alongside averting the current crisis that the city faces.

Its imaginative, has great twists and really does give you something unique to explore and escape the modern world. Add to the mix some cracking prose and an author who loves to weave a story all round gives the reader a story to thoroughly enjoy although to be honest I would advise people to start at the beginning to get not only the full flavour but to full immerse themselves into the experience. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Anonymous Saves The Day 26 July 2013
By Kitty C
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A series of strange disappearances? Ancient Spirits of London running amok? People dying from the Black Death? With the consciousness of London's Midnight Mayor going missing, it's up to Sharon to use her shaman powers and creed of positive thinking to save the city from the forces of darkness. Kate Griffin has written another great book! Really enjoyable and an exciting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely storming the follow up novel 15 April 2014
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I love Magical Anonymous and the Midnight Mayor series....the Blue Electric Angels are addictive (come be we,we be free) but here the books take a darker turn.

The old favourites are here, Rhys and his allergies, the second greatest shaman (oy, squishy brains) and The Aldermen.

Absolutely wonderful writing beautifully crafted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New and interesting 22 Dec 2013
By SHR
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New idea and interesting in concept. Characters interesting and well developed at outset. Good plot that romps along - although not sure that even with magical assistance you can get by with that little sleep and poor diet! Think there is milage in the characters but they need to move forward as a result of their experiences and develop further. Also, whilst I have a bias as a Welsh woman but would like the Welsh Druid to be a bit less of a whimp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon et al. are delightful 28 Nov 2013
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What a thoroughly enjoyable book. Sharon's monologues, Kelly's enthusiasm, Gretel's canapés... It all fits together. The usual slog and exhaustion, although I was delighted that there was sleep slotted into the saving the world schedule, this time. And so much wry humour, human observation, and underpinning it all, a deep affection for every wart, scab and beauty that make up London.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining sequel 26 Oct 2013
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
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The Glass God is the follow up to Stray Souls , set in the Midnight Mayor universe.

The story, told from a range of perspectives, follows the heroine Sharon Li and her slightly motley crew of assorted magical beings once again on a mission to save the City and, this time, track down it's missing Midnight Mayor.

The writing is strong enough too keep the slightly sillier elements just on the right side of entertaining (rather than annoying), babes. Although I hated the Tribes txt spk conversation...

The story is interesting and the mystery is well plotted. The book is fast-paced and driven by dialogue and it would have been nice to have a bit more reflection on some of the events. Sharon is forced to defend herself and deal out retribution, actions that are quite at odds with the positive personality built up in this book and the previous one that could have done with a bit more exploration.

The characters are fun and engaging, and the connection is helped by getting to see the inner-thoughts of many of them. The Aldermen, Kelly and Miles remain a bit mysterious (I haven't read the original series) but I liked both characters.

Overall it was a fun read that kept me entertained throughout. I'll definitely look for the next book but will be hoping for some character development to move things on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good fun read
This was the second Kate Griffin I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had good characters and excellent amusing dialogue
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Dinah E Hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Another corker
Kate Griffin writes marvelous urban fantasy and this one is right up there with her previous stuff. Well worth it.
Published 5 months ago by G.M. Forde
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series of books
loving these books and hope there will be more soon. great characters, great stories, can see real development of the whole world they occupy as the series of books progresses. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sally Bhatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd to fancy the hero?
But after reading Glass God, I very much fancy Sharon.

The shame is there are only the two books so it feels as though Sharon has at last decided to go off with that wet... Read more
Published 7 months ago by bellowsmain
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab series
I love this series. Characters are great and the plot exciting. It makes a nice change to the Midnight Mayor but I do hope there is another Midnight Mayor on the horizon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lou A
5.0 out of 5 stars her best yet
I love Kate Griffin's books, and this I think is the best one yet.

She's a super writer and she just gets better and better.
Published 8 months ago by Nina, London
4.0 out of 5 stars Kate Griffin does her magic
Although Matthew Swift is present in the story, this book is centered on "magics anonymous" like her previous novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Birger Johansson
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
An OK read some nice character development but not a patch on the midnight mayor series or on the first spin off novel based on the London of the midnight mayor. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gareth Parsons
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