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The Midnight Mayor: A Matthew Swift Novel by [Griffin, Kate]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in Matthew Swift (4 Book Series)
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Book Description

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035XOQMC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.
But there was a sample chapter of this one in another book I read and I got straight in to it. Much more cohesive than number and and a fantastic read. The only reason it gets 4 not 5 stars is I still think the angels go on a little to much and since time was of the essence why they wax lyrical is beyond me.
That said I will be getting the next one on the strength of this as I think as the author grows into writing adult fiction she has the potential to create a series as good as the Dresden files. Very impressed
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By simon211175 VINE VOICE on 22 April 2010
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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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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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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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This is the continuing story of Matthew Swift, the Midnight Mayor of London. If you haven't read any of the other books in the series then I suggest you start with "The Madness of Angels" and progress through the series. There is so much in this book that just won't make sense otherwise.

Here we find ourselves in the "other" London. Where the Beggar King and the Bag Lady are real and the Aldermen, who supposedly support the Midnight Mayor, are not adverse to a bit of summoning, scrying, spells and, if need be, guns. Matthew Swift is the rather irreverent Mayor who goes about his own business with little regard for his PA, Kelly, who is trying to get him to attend meetings, address dinners and read paperwork. Matthew would rather be out looking for trouble - and it does find him.

Kelly, Matthew's PA, is quite brilliant. She has all the correct phraseology and seems to be able to solve any problem which crops up whilst seeming to be a fluffy chatterbox. Penny, Matthew's apprentice, is back with Attitude, a new friend and a shopping bug. The supporting character actors remain excellent such as the Beggar King and Dudley Sinclair. The Aldermen are fairly interchangeable as characters but I got the strong impression that they were deisgned to be fairly interchangeable - all dressed in black and driving black 4 x 4s.

This is an intricate book which is why it is vital to read the first few in the series. There were several occasions when I felt it all got unnecessarily wordy & I found myself skipping paragraphs. Yes, scene setting, description and atmosphere are vital but I did feel it was overdone in some areas.

There is quite a lot of darkness in this book. More than the previous ones in the series.
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