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The Midnight Mayor: A Matthew Swift Novel Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant series of books. I started with this book but makes more sense if you read Madness of Angels first.Published 21 months ago by Mr. D. R. Sadler
Brilliantly imaginative , I love reading about the places I worked - like Old Street . I loved The Whites inventing new magic based on graffiti . Read morePublished 23 months ago by HB
Clever concept, great descriptions of London & a very engaging storyPublished on 18 Feb. 2015 by TC
I have only recently discovered Kate Griffins work, I enjoyed this book so much I have read the rest of the Matthew Swift series including both magicals Anonymous stories in 5... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by artistpatch