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Swift is still the tortured soul trying to save everyone but trying to do the right thing in the City of London leaves him with no choice at all.
With his totally kick ass apprentice and super efficient PA, will Swift survive not just the usual magical attacks but internal treachery from the Aldermen?
Domini Dirige Nos......
This is a much darker episode than the preceding books, but then it is about a powerful addictive drug that ultimately brings death, the misuse of power, betrayal and revenge. Matthew himself stumbles around attempting to right immense wrongs, and regretting that the Blue Electric Angels are no longer entirely human. Don't let this put you off - it is also fast and furious, and about loyalty, doggedness and friendship freely given.
Ms Griffin's writing is powerful and in parts lyrical, and made me feel sympathy for her monster as Mary Shelley made
me feel sorry for Frankenstein's monster .But then, who are the real monsters?
I don't go to London often, but next time I will be looking out for the landmarks mentioned in the series, and craning my neck to find the Silver Dragons.
For me, part of the fun in reading these books is recognising the places I live and play in all neatly wrapped in a believable, evolving mythology. It is this growing mythology that lends itself to smart turns enjoyed through surprising plot twists and the different and unexpected characters and groups who populate this magical London.
Swift is a character who would sit easily as a supernatural counter-point to the BBC's Dr Who (sci-fi), Sherlock Holmes (crime and logic) and Dirk Gently (the metaphysical). He's an urban magician, in the vein of John Constantine, though less cynical and with perhaps more of a sense of community to the London he resides in, though never quite rules over.
An alloy of man and magic, Matthew Swift is a character comfortable in his own (shared) skin, sometimes naïve in his dogmatic approach, but not all together innocent. He has a sense of how difficult life can be for your average, and less than average Londoner, and how magic, more often than not, only adds to that difficulty.
In this book Matthew seems to have put his own stamp on the role of Midnight Mayor, and the fractious relationship with the Aldermen has developed its own rhythm and expectation. Griffith builds on familiar themes of the powerful and mighty being out of touch with, and caring little for, the low and lowly. While Matthew Swift's social conscience is more in the fore, Griffith seems to be having more fun with him as he increasingly grows into his prestigious role.Read more ›
Its fast paced, the characters outstanding and when you add some wonderfully deliciously evil twists alongside great prose the reader is in for a real treat. Finally throw into this the author breaking out from her comfort zone with a newer style that keeps everything flowing and overall it's a title that was a treat for me.
This book is great. I'd waited for what seemed like forever to get this book, and knew instantly that I would love it. And I did.
The writing is as usual, brilliant. I love the style Kate Griffin uses, although I still maintain (as I have throughout the series) that this needs smaller chapters. I hate having to stop reading partway through a chapter, but there you go. Probably my only gripe with this book.
If you've enjoyed the first books, then you'll enjoy this one. Go, read it. Now.
Most recent customer reviews
Having read and enjoyed the others in this series, for some reason it took me years to get round to reading the final instalment, The Minority Council. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Char Louise
Again, another great book from Kate Griffin. This is a great series.Published 16 months ago by Lori Bennett
Kate Griffin is a genius. Her books sneak under your skin and stay there. London will never look the same again. Love love love Matthew Swift.Published on 28 Mar. 2015 by Pen Name
Clever concept, great descriptions of London & a very engaging storyPublished on 18 Feb. 2015 by TC
Just love this book couldn't put it down amazing highly recommendedPublished on 4 Nov. 2014 by Ms Kathleen Todd
I have just read the four Matthew swift novels and have enjoyed them all. As a Londoner I can visualise the settings and almost feel the magic. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2014 by brenda peirce
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