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A Madness Of Angels: A Matthew Swift Novel Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
People who wish to write books are urged to avoid purple prose: passages, or indeed a whole book, written in extravagant and overly ornate prose - to the point where the reader is jarred out of the story. Kate Griffin never got the memo - and yet, A Madness of Angels works because of this rather than despite it. The lyrical and beautiful language takes an effort to read, but I found myself luxuriating in every sentence and my effort was paid back in full. It was partly paid back in some truly lovely imagery, such as the following:
"...just so I could experience the different magics of those places. In New York the air is so full of static you almost spark when you move; in Madrid the shadows are waiting at every corner to whisper their histories in your ear when you walk at night. In Berlin the power is clean, silken, like walking through an invisible, body-temperature waterfall in a dark cave; in Beijing the sense of it was a prickling heat on the skin, like the wind had been broken down into a thousand pieces, and each part carried some warmth from another place, and brushed against your skin, like a furry cat calling for your attention.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another Urban Fantasy! I genuinely haven't read many of these in so long, I had a phase once when all I read was Urban Fantasy! Literally nothing else. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alisha Bookseller
This author plunges you immediately into the story as you follow a recently awakened Matthew Swift who is trying to find out who killed him. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anne
Awesome as always. I can see, hear and smell everything. Gifted writingPublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you've read any of the other Matthew Swift novels, this is just as good. If you haven't read them yet - read them. Preferably in order.Published 23 months ago by Burkhard G Kloss