A Madness of Angels

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Two years after his untimely death, Matthew Swift finds himself breathing once again, lying in bed in his London home.

Except that it's no longer his bed, or his home. And the last time this sorcerer was seen alive, an unknown assailant had gouged a hole so deep in his chest that his death was irrefutable...despite his body never being found.

He doesn't have long to mull over his resurrection, though, or the changes that have been wrought upon ...

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Overview

Two years after his untimely death, Matthew Swift finds himself breathing once again, lying in bed in his London home.

Except that it's no longer his bed, or his home. And the last time this sorcerer was seen alive, an unknown assailant had gouged a hole so deep in his chest that his death was irrefutable...despite his body never being found.

He doesn't have long to mull over his resurrection, though, or the changes that have been wrought upon him. His only concern now is vengeance. Vengeance upon his monstrous killer and vengeance upon the one who brought him back.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316068598
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Matthew Swift Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 302,941
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet 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. She read History at the London School of Economics, and studied at RADA. Find out more about the author at kategriffin.net.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    loved it

    Great book with great story line. Stayed up late to finish it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

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    A Madness of Angels

    It's been a few days since I finished this book, I've actually started and finished another plus started on a third, and I'm still not sure what I think of this one. For the most part I really enjoyed it, I found the premise interesting and enjoyed the action. What I didn't like was the sometimes frantic writing style, there were times I felt rushed by the author. The pace of the action and dialogue at times overwhelmed me and I felt completly lost until it slowed down once again. I almost think it was intentional on the part of the author, to match what the character of Matthew Swift had to be experiencing in his head.

    While I was typing this I remembered the other aspect of the book that took me a while to get used to. Matthew kept shifting pronouns between "I" and "We" when referring to himself. I don't want to ruin one of the major plot points by explaining it, but I needed to mention that it was a bit jarring at first.

    What I loved about the book was how alive the author made the magic for me. This was the magic of the city, the magic found in electricity, stop lights, graffiti, and forgotten telephone conversations. It was the magic of litter, signs, and plumbing. It felt real to me, that if magic exists today it will be found in this form. It has to be one of the most intersting magic systems I've come across and I want more of it. I don't want to give any of the specifics away but some of the things that can be done with this magic amazed me. For that reason alone, I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Frustrating Style

    I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who like this style. I don't. I found the paragraph after paragraph (and sometimes pages!) of convoluted description frustrating. Time and again the story came to a screeching halt for another pointless description of something that didn't further the plot. When I realized how much I was skimming, I finally gave up, which is extremely rare for me. If you like meandering through a forest of words, you'll like this book. If you prefer a clean and straightforward writing style, avoid at all costs.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    A truly amazing story

    I am not, in general, a sci-fi or fantasy reader and bought this book almost by accident. In the middle of the first chapter, I thought I had wasted my money. Before that chapter ended, I was hooked. The fascinating take on magic evolving into a distinctly urban phenomenon and the feeling of the city of London as a participant in the events is striking and riveting. This book and its sequel, The Midnight Mayor, leave the reader with a somewhat eerie feeling of "What if...?" There are things happening on so many levels that it demands a second reading to explore the nearly overwhelming amount of detail, metaphor and philosophical speculation about the nature of reality.

    This is a book that cries out to be discussed. Indeed, I nearly forced it on a number of friends just in order to do so. It is therefore most suitable for club discussions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

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    Breath-taking

    I wasn't sure about A Madness of Angels in the beginning. It's written with a very unique style that takes a few pages to master. To really know what's going on in each scene, it's best to read every word, and skimming is a sure path to confusion. It has a lot of gore and blood and violence, some swearing, and no sex or nudity or anything like that. It's a highly descriptive read--every place Matthew goes, there are dozens of paragraphs explaining the writings on the walls, the colors of the dirt on the floor, the various smells, etc., but it simply adds to the ambiance. It can be cumbersome, but I found it a good tool overall. Despite that, the plot is original and satisfying, the characters diverse and interesting, the magic system unique and greatly modern, and the action isn't overdone nor underdone. I have to say that Matthew seems...well, younger than he really is. Half of me wants to say it's because of the blue electric angels, but there is a clear distinction between Matthew and the angels (which becomes easier and easier to see as time passes) and, though the angels are often childish, Matthew still seems younger. I would place his age somewhere between the teens to early twenties, though he has to be around 30. Other than that, it's an amazing read. I also find him very lonely, and I'd wish that he would start building stronger relationships in the second book. Highly recommended

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    One of the best in urban fantasy

    Great plot, fantastic turns of phrase, and really engaging characters! This one was an unexpected joy! It got a little Hollywood deep into it, but the rest of it was so good that it's hard to live up to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    A really great novel and a GREAT urban fantasy novel - I liked i

    A really great novel and a GREAT urban fantasy novel - I liked it so much that I went out and bought a map of London so I could folllow Matthew Swift on his journey. It is worth the money and worth the investment of time to read. I didn't feel shorted in any way.
    The author does an excellent job of world building, and her concept of Urban Magick is really original. I won't waste your time retelling the plot as you can read that in the advertisement. I'll just say that this book will leave you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    An engaging urban fantasy

    In London two years ago malevolent mage Robert James Bakker arranged for the death of sorcerer Matthew Swift. No doubt the young man was dead as his unknown adversary left a grand canyon in his chest. His body was never recovered and his killer never found.

    Matthew awakens in a strange bed, but no longer occupies his body alone. He has come back from the dead as a "we" with an "electric angel" as his co-occupant. Swift wants vengeance against his unknown culprit so he investigates what happened to him two years ago. He meets magician Dudley Sinclair, who believes Bakker and his evil cabal with the help of Matthew's seditious apprentice murdered him. Whereas Matthew is willing to die again to obtain vengeance, Dudley wants the entire Bakker cabal dead as all her evil practitioners.

    Although the story line is perhaps overly simplistic and too linear, being as straight as the Bonneville Salt Flats track, fans will enjoy the "Resurrection of Matthew Swift". Swift is an enigmatic protagonist while Sinclair and Bakker seem like Yin and Yang polar opposite practitioners. The key to the engaging urban fantasy is the world of Kate Griffin filled with mages and A MADNESS OF ANGELS feels genuine enabling the reader to get lost in this alternate London.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    SO FAR SO GOOD

    I have only read a little bit, but so far so good. Have not gotten into many details yrt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    See a British spin on the magician/mage. Good weekend read.

    Great mix in urban magician with a thread of the U.K. background. Similar to J.Butcher or R. Thurman while distinct enough to keep you interested. :-)

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    This urban fantasy is wildly creative. It has long descriptive p

    This urban fantasy is wildly creative. It has long descriptive passages that show how Matthew Swift is feeling/sensing his world that don't make much sense at first. But gradually as the story moves along, those passages draw the reader deeper and deeper into the mystery of who Matthew is, why he is, and what he needs to do. The rules of magic in this novel are fascinating and full of surprises. The plot is solid. The characters are intriguing. Pardon me while I go buy the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    A must read!

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit! Especially the originality of the story itself, and even though the writing style was a bit different, I devoured this story in one sitting

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Fantastic, modern bit about magic and revenge!

    I loved this one from beginning to end - the plot was very original and the characters witty and interesting. Kate Griffin writes with such an eloquence and paints a vivid, colorful portrait of a world hidden in plain sight. I could not put this one down both because of the crafty writing and the enthralling, action-packed story. Eagerly awaiting The Midnight Mayor and Neon Court!

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    An Interesting Take on Magic

    I liked Griffin's take on urban magic very much, and I found the book easy to read. There were a few instances where she filled in the back story a little too obviously, but on the whole I enjoyed the book. I bought it because I picked up The Midnight Mayor in the bookstore and it intrigued me, so I thought I should read the first one first, and I'm glad I did.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Terrific Read

    London, and Matthew Swift's magic, jumped off the page in this well-written, twisting, turning, wonderfully complicated book. Coping with his own death and reincarnation is difficult enough for Swift, and taming the influences of the Angels (I can't say more without spoilers!) becomes more and more difficult as the story goes on.

    Rich characters, and in my mind, the perfect explanation of the exsistence of magic, kept me turning pages well into the wee hours. Griffin's follow-up, The Midnight Mayor, is proving equally complelling. For those of us who love serial story-telling, the Matthew Swift chronicles will make a terrific addition to your book shelves.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    You'll be cheering for Matthew Swift!

    This was an original read, with excellent character building. It has a fast pace with a twist of sense of humor. Totally enjoyable

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    Definitely was interesting...

    This book had a difficult beginning for me. I was very confused and just when I thought I knew what was going on, I would get confused again. I wouldn't consider Kate Griffin a very descriptive writer, something would happen and I had to backtrack 5 pages to find the event which transpired. It took a little time for me to get into the world she created but I did get catch on before I finished. I liked the idea of the blue angels and the concept that life was magic. I'm glad I stuck with it, I plan on reading this again and I believe I will appreciate the book more having done so.

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    Posted December 18, 2009

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