Oda, whom we knew little about in previous novels other than she's a psycho, magic-hating, gun-toting, religious zealot, gets more back story. He eats cheap street food, lives out of a bag, and seems to mostly occupy himself by wandering the city as rhythm dictates and occasionally causing property damage battling things that would, if left alone, kill people. If you enjoyed t This is the third book in the Matthew Swift series, and you can tell that Matthew is more comfortable with who he is and his role as the Mayor, and that the angels are still adjusting to being mortal. A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead. Throw in the Order for good measure and poor Matthew has his hands full.
We're swiftly caught up in Swift's dilemma: Oda, the psycho from the previous novels has somehow summoned Swift into a burning building, with her blood all over the floor and a hole in her heart. Sure he's got a fleet of aldermen to do his bidding. Can't wait for book four - I've even bloody pre-ordered it. You feel every puddle you run through, sense alarm at every graffito, and flinch from every shadow. The book isn't flawless - it gets more and more noticeable there are what I can only call micro-repetitions in the writing the same line about the price of cheap booze turns up almost word for word twice, among several instances.
Luckily, my second read was much more enjoyable. Matthew and Penny care for each other, but she wasn't brought in as love interest, and I love the family feel to their banter. Here, it's the relationships between siblings, co-workers, the people you hardly know but who seem to affect you, nevertheless, and how these relationships shape events. It's quite a unique piece of char Mathew Swift is a dead sourceror who has been inhabited by the supernatural force of the Blue Electric Angels. The plot was fast paced, and the resolution felt nicely messy and hard won. What does it mean to be 'chosen'? Swift seems like he's going to fall apart at any moment.
These books are by far my favorites. But what does Oda's rather fatal condition and the war have to do with each other? Sex: Not even the least whiff of romance. A dead woman is trying to kill him and the city itself is under attack from a force of unimaginable power. In general, I find the characters in The Neon Court to be more carefully constructed than in the earlier books. Someone has summoned the Midnight Mayor. I leant back against my seat and remembered to breathe, forced myself to take it one steady gasp at a time as the magic of the place, silver, glass, light, razored edges, a buzz at the back of the eyes, an ice that ran to the end of the fingertips and turned them blue, washed over me. I thought the way in which Oda's storyline developed was excellent - though as a niggle her backstory didn't seem to match up to the one given in Madness of Angels, but that could have been deliberate.
I cannot wait to read the next book and then I am going to seek out Kate Griffin's other books to see if they are as good. Every part of the city had its own magic Matthew Swift books are magical and maniacal London-trips. By the time I got to the climax, I was all wrung out. Swift is a rather complicated character. But when I looked again, they were gone.
What does it mean to be 'chosen'? But that adjective should never let you lose sight of this being a great read. But a reader coming fresh to this world is likely to be confused by everything that came before. These books must be read in order to make any sense! The incidental characters we meet along the way are appropriate to their locales. Except, she is still walking and talking and has a nasty habit of saying 'we' when she means 'I. Mathew Swift is the Midnight Mayor the magical protector of the city of London and it is his job to stop the war to protect the city. We are me and I am we. It drives a plot that - while perhaps not as frenetic as the second - slowly but steadily builds to a tense and devasting climax in Trafalgar Square that I don't think I've seen bettered recently.
Kate Griffin the author keeps rocking. This form of writing is really like art - although unfortunately you wouldn't be able to tell from the instant-mindless-entertainment books like urban fantasy and paranormal romance today. Mathew does not have a single set of magical abilities. However, reading three iterations of this series, the flaws are becoming more obvious through repetition. I would recommend the Matthew Swift series t Another amazing addition to the series.
Griffin's prose brings out the details: the smells, the sights, the sounds that makes the city hum with the magic energy that people like Swift can tap. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses. He wakes from a summons in a burning tower block, with an associate he'd rather not be with. One unexpected delight of the book was the way in which it re-examined the events of A Madness of Angels. They are fantasy without being juvenile, yet adult without barring a wider audience. This is the third book in the Matthew Swift series, and you can tell that Matthew is more comfortable with who he is and his role as the Mayor, and that the angels are still adjusting to being mortal.