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The Midnight Mayor: A Matthew Swift Novel: Bk. 2 (Matthew Swift Novels) [Paperback]

Kate Griffin
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4 Mar 2010 Matthew Swift Novels

It's said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. As it happens, that's not so far from the truth . . .

One by one, the magical wards that guard the city are failing: the London Wall defiled with cryptic graffiti, the ravens found dead at the Tower, the London Stone destroyed. This is not good news. This array of supernatural defences - a mix of international tourist attractions and forgotten urban legends - formed a formidable magical shield. Protection for the City of London against . . . well, that's the question, isn't it? What could be so dangerous as to threaten an entire city?

Against his better judgement, resurrected sorcerer Matthew Swift is about to find out. And if he's lucky, he might just live long enough to do something about it . . .


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497341
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A tale of mystery, revenge and intrigue on the streets of a magical London.

About the Author

Kate Griffin is the name under which Carnegie Medal-nominated author, Catherine Webb, writes fantasy novels for adults. An acclaimed author of young adult books under her own name, Catherine's amazing debut, MIRROR DREAMS, was written when she was only 14 years old, and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical storytelling 16 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
The magical wards of London are being systematically destroyed -- the ravens at the Tower of London are dead, the London Wall is defiled. Before the very fabric of London is sucked into chaos, Matthew Swift must solve the riddle of where Mo has gone, and who is scrawling the slogan `Give Me Back My Hat' across the walls of his city. In The Midnight Mayor, Kate Griffin takes the reader on a scorching tour around the city of London, introducing the Midnight Mayor and the extremely creepy Mr Pinner, Death of Cities.

If you liked A Madness of Angels, you'll enjoy The Midnight Mayor. Kate Griffin employs the same writing style, imbues the pages with the character of London, and builds on many of the concepts introduced in her first novel about Matthew Swift.

I did like A Madness of Angels -- very much. I loved the dense writing, the beautiful descriptions, and the way that Griffin was able to turn the mundane into the magical. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystical characters and reveled in the mystery of the blue electric angels.

The Midnight Mayor was very similar, and that comprises one of my complaints about it. There were so many echoes of the first novel that it felt as though I was still reading A Madness of Angels. Once more, the novel opens with Matthew Swift in a state of confusion. He then tackles a creature from the depths of nightmare. In the first book this was the litter-bug; in The Midnight Mayor he comes up against spectres that can be slowed down by the recitation of ASBOs. Then, as last time, we spend the majority of the story travelling around London and trying to use the rules of the Underground to prevent the villain from capturing Swift and Oda.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When sorcerer Matthew Swift finds himself attacked down a phone line and subsequently being blamed for the death of the mythical Midnight Mayor his world is about to change in strange ways he could never have expected as the city of London comes under supernatural attack. I've found myself really enjoying this urban fantasy series. The magic is imaginative and original and Matthew Swift the main character in the book is both likeable and interesting and totally unique. I'm honestly surprised this series isn't better known, but it's one I'll be recommending to friends. I'm now really looking forward to reading the next installment The Neon Court: A Matthew Swift Novel (Matthew Swift 3).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar to original but still fun 9 May 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Having been glued by the original offering by Kate I really had to get my hands on this hot little number upon its release. Why? Well Kate has taken a touch of Neverwhere, blended it with a modern Urban Fantasy and topped it with a liberal splattering of that good ol Constantine magic that the reader can't help but enjoy. Whilst the first offering took a little bit to get into, this one really does hit the spot from the first page.

Whilst the arc may seem a little similar to the original offering, A Madness of Angels, this one really does take a different tack and exploration due to the differences with protagonist that really adds a touch of freshness to the outline. A great offering and one that the reader can jump into without having read the previous although personally I think you'll be missing a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapters? 22 April 2010
By simon211175 VINE VOICE
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This book reads very much like the first one (A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift 1)) - you're dropped in to the action right at the start and spend the rest of it unravelling the mystery. The style of writing is very fast-paced, the action never seeming to stop long enough to catch your breath. I enjoyed this book slightly more than the first one, which took me a while to get used to the writing style. I'd recommend this to anyone - especially those who've read the Night Watch (The Night Watch) series.

I think my only gripe with this (and the first book) is the lack of chapters. The books are split into parts, which is fine - but sometimes it's not possible to read 150 odd pages in one go, and I like to finish a chapter when I stop reading. Perhaps it's just me though - and I did still enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 23 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
I have only recently discovered Kate Griffins work, I enjoyed this book so much I have read the rest of the Matthew Swift series including both magicals Anonymous stories in 5 weeks... now I have to wait...argh!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another really good story 22 Aug 2013
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I like Matthew Swift he's. (They are) an enjoyable protagonist, the Aldermen, whilst necessary, are so irritating in a way that Oda (for me) isn't. I knew (or rather, suspected) I wasn't going to experience the sheer unputdownable magic of Bk. 1 and thoroughly enjoyed the tale but.............

There was something, maybe just the premise of Penny being able to bring about as much as she did with no knowledge. That didn't sit right with me and so only 4 stars.
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Great to find a new series of books, the interplay of London with the story is fantastic. They rival my last obsession with Jasper Fforde and I'm desperate for a friend to read them so we can compare notes
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 23 July 2013
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Sooooo descriptive, pace of a snail and frankly boring. I just couldn't bring myself to care- a real shame as I enjoyed the first book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solo much better than the first one
I really disliked the first book vehemently and it is one of only 2 1 stars I have ever rated. It was a struggle to read and I thought it badly written and too disjointed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by V. Dodd
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but went on a bit
Having read the first book, I decided to purchase the second in the series, but maybe that was just a little too much of the blue electric angels?
Published 14 months ago by maria birch
3.0 out of 5 stars Story held back by descriptions
This should be a good story with an interesting plot, good characters and a new twist on urban fantasy.
However, the author never uses one word where she could use twenty. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. C. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't beat the 1st but comes very close! makes u eager for more!
The 1st book was awesome so the 2nd book must have been hard to write but KG succeeded. Initially took time to find its feet and in some places read so, but ultimately the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by LDM
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading the next one
I came across this having read and thoroughly enjoyed Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series. Although the Midnight Mayor is another book in the 'urban fantasy' sub-genre, it is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Book Glutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and original
Have read and enjoyed her young adult fantasy. Really like the characters. Yes the punctuation is strange in places - but it is part of the narrative voice and consistent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by fiona mary kent
4.0 out of 5 stars another good book
another good book in the Matthew Swift series. I found a review in an old Fortean Times magazine on the first Swift novel, it was such a good review I bought it straight away, I... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by J. F. Lawton
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I haven't finished reading the entire book, so no spoilers but I will say that the writing is just as good (and has the same flaws) as the first book. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Zort
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