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not dazzled by neon
on 27 June 2011
He has survived being killed by his Teachers Shadow.
He has banished the death of Cities.
This time he is up against an old friend who has become the thing at the edge of the dark and cannot die.
Summoned by magic into the midst of a war between two fueding clans of Magicians.
Caught between the primitive savages of the urban tribe and the Techn Fae of the Neon Court.
Matthew swift, sorceror, once human, now the electric blue angels has to grow into his role as Midnight mayor of the true London in order to prevent its destruction.
This is the third book in the Matthew Swift series.
It builds on the previous two books. Matthew swift is an urban sorceror, a master of the magic inherent in cities.
He has died and become a thing of magic and telecommunication. Composed of magic and the elemental power of bound up in electricity and telephone cables.
He is also the midnight mayor , the appointed magical representative of the city of London.
This third book seemed quite strange, its almost a reprise of the last book. Matthew coming to terms with the role of Mayor without the struggle to overcome the limitation of being bound by a role. The character and the book both seemed to settle into a sad resignation of acceptance at his fate and role.
The 'electric blue angels' arent enough of a novelty to carry the storyline any more. The most interesting secondary character from earlier books Oda is now the bad guy in this book, but has been shorn of any personality as the mute host to a malign magic. There is an interesting twist at the end of the book, which should have captivated me more but it felt liek an afterthought more than the elegant end to the novel. Id have liked to give this four stars but it was a fair read not a dazzling one.