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A host of urban madness and badness,
This review is from: A Madness Of Angels (Matthew Swift Novels) (Paperback)
Are you an urban fantasy fan a bit fed up with the slew of vampire/were characters cramming the genre, these days? Pining for a tale with an interestingly complex protagonist who takes you right into the heart of the story? Longing for a writer who can depict a city with such vividness that you can taste the traffic fumes, smell the rubbish and touch the pigeons? Wishing that someone would take the time and trouble to construct an unusual, interesting magical world that didn't take place in some rural outback with plodding horses and flea-ridden inns? Then this is the book for you.
Griffin grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until the last with her taut, poetic prose and action-packed story. Matthew Swift's thirst for revenge against the terrible being preying on urban sorcerers leads him into dark places - and we are yanked along with him. There are one or two really bloody moments. Not to mention some scenes that score high on the `yuck' factor - an attack by a litter monster being one of them. However, this book is so much more than a guts'n gore fest. Griffin's ability to weave her action amongst the densely depicted London scenes that she clearly knows extremely well, gives the story an almost literary feel. And Swift is an amazing creation. Only half human, his instability while teetering on the edge of something terrible creates plenty of dynamic as he tries to pick up the pieces of his old life. And - yes - Griffin manages to conclude the story with a satisfactorily climatic ending, leaving enough interest dangling for another adventure.
If I have a quibble - and it is a minor one - I did find myself skimming some of the descriptions of the London landscape to find out what happened next. But it was only an occasional flip of the page, mostly the scene setting held me.
For those of you interested in such things, Kate Griffin is actually Catherine Webb, who has written a number of acclaimed books starting with Mirror Dreams in 2002 for the YA market.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2011 16:33:34 BDT
Totally agree, what a wonderful review, you really summed up the book for me - I found it very clever and the characters were so colourful and absorbing - with some of the negative reviews I feel that they were reading a different book. Why compare to "never where" surely it should be judged on it's own merits.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2011 17:31:00 BDT
I'm glad the review was helpful - it is amazing how reviews do vary about the same book. I suppose it's just as well we don't all like the same thing. But, like you, I thought it was a really good, unusual read.
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