The Neon Court

The Neon Court

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by Kate Griffin
     
 

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A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead and all fingers point towards their ancient enemy - The Tribe. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses.

But Matthew Swift has his own concerns. He has been summoned abruptly, body and soul, to a burning tower and to the dead body of Oda, warrior of The Order and known associate of Swift. There's a hole in her heart and

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A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead and all fingers point towards their ancient enemy - The Tribe. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses.

But Matthew Swift has his own concerns. He has been summoned abruptly, body and soul, to a burning tower and to the dead body of Oda, warrior of The Order and known associate of Swift. There's a hole in her heart and the symbol of the Midnight Mayor drawn in her own blood. Except, she is still walking and talking and has a nasty habit of saying 'we' when she means 'I.'

Now, Swift faces the longest night of his life. Lady Neon herself is coming to London and the Tribe is ready to fight. Strange things stalk this night: a rumored 'chosen one,' a monster that burns out the eyes of its enemies, and a walking dead woman. Swift must stop a war, protect his city, and save his friend - if she'll stop trying to kill him long enough for him to try.

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Publishers Weekly
Griffin wraps up the story of electrical sorcerer Matthew Swift in this stylish, inventive, and often frustrating sequel to A Madness of Angels and The Midnight Mayor. Eternal night has descended on modern-day London, which is disappearing one neighborhood at a time, and war is about to break out between the mystical clan known as the Neon Court and its magical enemies, the Tribe. Everyone hopes that Swift, who's been dubbed the Midnight Mayor, can protect the city from supernatural dangers, but he may well be in over his head. As Swift, his likable apprentice, and a few less-than-trustworthy colleagues race to prevent the destruction of the city, the special effects and chase scenes too often overwhelm the characters and their story. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316123365
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
03/24/2011
Series:
Matthew Swift , #3
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
210,199
File size:
1 MB

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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The Neon Court: Or, the Betrayal of Matthew Swift 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
London is trapped inside the eternal night with neighborhoods vanishing one after another. War is imminent between the Neon Court and the Tribe; besides being enemies for seemingly ever, a daimyo was murdered. The only hope to prevent the hostilities between two magical user groups from igniting is the electrical magician Matthew "The Midnight Mayor" Swift. He has shown the ability to protect London from various paranormal threats including A Madness of Angels, but he fears he will not be able to stop the war. However, Matthew has been ordered to come to a nearby burning tower where the corpse of his associate Oda the Warrior of The Order lies. She has a hole and Matthew's symbol as the Midnight Mayor drawn in her blood; yet she walks and talks while trying to kill Swift. As the night turns darker, Lady Neon is coming to London while unknown phenomena hunt for a monster that burns the eyes of victims and the dead woman still walking and talking. This is an exciting Swift fantasy (see A Madness of Angels and The Midnight Mayor) as the electrical sorcerer deals with big issues trying to prevent a war and personal issues trying to save his friend from killing him. Loaded with tons of action mostly of a paranormal kind that at times supersedes the plight of the hero, readers will enjoy Matthew Swift's tightrope as otherworldly occurrences threatens his city and definitely his well-being. Harriet Klausner