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A Madness Of Angels: A Matthew Swift Novel by [Griffin, Kate]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Matthew Swift (4 Book Series)

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'She writes with assurance and polish, and her grasp of modern mythology - the magic and the poetry inherent in contemporary life - is strong. A very promising start and great things likely to follow' - KIRKUS REVIEWS

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A compelling, original blend of fantasy, noir and urban magic, by a bold new voice in modern fantasy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2143 KB
  • Print Length: 493 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZRN6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read Kate Griffin's Kitty Peck stories before I came across this novel, and I was initially reluctant to buy it and then to read it as I thought it sounded a bit dull. However, unlike some other reviews on here, I thought that the way she drops the reader into the middle of the story was a stroke of genius - I didn't find it confusing, or certainly not confusing enough to be anything other than intriguing. I also think it does share some qualities with Neil Gaiman's writing, particularly in the clear love and fascination Griffin has for London. I thought the move from 'I' to 'we' was done superlatively well, particularly after the first few pages, and the book - though following the tried-and-tested plot arc of a quest, wherein allies are gathered, enemies are made, setbacks encountered and victories achieved - is often highly imaginative and often beautifully written. Occasional over-writing in some of the descriptions, though I've read MUCH worse, and a generally breathless pace that keeps you reading, interspersed with moments of wry humour, result in an entertaining read. The character of Swift himself is gradually revealed, and though there are some rather stereotypical characters, they are all done well. Skillful writing, confident plotting, pacy and tense and highly readable. I ended up enjoying this more than the Kitty Peck novels.
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Great read. Funny, serious and very very sexy.
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Patience is required for this. Another reviewer stated - correctly - that it is confusing in the beginning. She went on to say that this was quite deliberate because our character is in a confused state. Several pages into the book, I still had no idea who this character was, why the character sometimes referred to "I", others "we", nor was there any indication that a revelation was imminent. I figured I'd probably be halfway through the book by the time the author revealed the storyline so I'm moving onto my next book. Failed to hold my interest through the rambling start, I'm afraid.
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a good read the characters came to live as you read on well worth reading .recommend you try this book
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Received the wrong cover style but an amazing book
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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.
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You have to feel a little sorry for Kate Griffin in writing A Madness of Angels. In 1996 Neil Gaiman wrote Neverwhere, a book about the world of London Below, that portrayed the picture of a city where restless magic crept into every brick. Here Griffin explores similar themes - London is a city in which sorcerers can tap into the power of the transport systems, the electricity, the very movement of people around the city. What is especially wonderful is that only a few pages into Kate Griffin's A Madness of Angels you will have forgotten every resemblance to Neverwhere and started enjoying the book in its own right.

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.
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