Griffin's Matthew Swift series continues to impress the reader. I picked up the first book in the series last summer when I was in London. I quickly bought the next two books and devoured them. The fourth book continues to bring the same level of intensity and interest to the main characters.
Matthew Swift, the Blue Electric Angels and Midnight Mayor of the City of London has a lot on his plate. Fairy dust, a shadow with claws that's killing children, a traitor, and a social worker who turns out to be a medusa. And of course there are the ever present duties of being Midnight Mayor, the meetings and paperwork that go with any magical organization. This book introduces new friends and enemies as Matthew faces off against the Fairy Godmother, the biggest provider of the new drug for the magical, fairy dust. And Matthew has to utilize his network of associates in order to discover a traitor among his Aldermen.
The Beggar King helps him out when no one else will, adopting him into the ranks and magic of a beggar. Matthew even employs trash imps to distract his Aldermen employees, as he spams everyone's email and crashes the power with some nasty viruses. His P.A. Kelly proves her mettle as the plot thickens and Matthew starts to take a pounding. He becomes a drug experiment when he's pumped full of a cocktail of fairy dust and unknown magic; it turns him rather schizophrenic. Matthew has to use all his abilities to stay alive and save the City of London and to take out the Fairy Godmother.
Swift takes a ride on the Thames, runs through the Barbican, takes numerous Tube and bus rides, and visits Covent Garden. His apprentice visits the Tower searching for some help. Griffin's literary style is highly descriptive, and for anyone who has been to London the sites and sounds are vivid. This is one of my favourite current fantasy series. I eagerly await the next book.