A Madness of Angels, Or, The Resurrection of Matthew Swift

A Madness of Angels, Or, The Resurrection of Matthew Swift

Book - 2009 | 1st North American ed
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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 him. His only concern now is vengeance. Vengeance upon his monstrous killer and vengeance upon the one who brought him back."--dust cover flap.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2009
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9780316041256
Branch Call Number: F GRIFF-K
[Fic] Griffin
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Resurrection of Matthew Swift


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Aug 20, 2019

Not a perfect book--there's an uncomfortable strand of ableism re: a specific character's motivations, and the pacing can feel a bit bogged down sometimes--but a compelling one, with an unusual narrator (who flickers between first person singular and plural for reasons that become clear partway into the book) and a fascinating and vividly described magic system. It's also a love letter to the sprawling, tangled, vibrant life inherent to cities, which--even with how much I genuinely loved the concept behind the unusual narrative voice--was far and away my favorite aspect.

May 01, 2017

I really want to like this book, but can't. The plot sounds great but it's painful to read all the recaps in dialogue. So. Many. Recaps.
I really did not need to have a summary of events delivered to me, each time the main character encountered somebody new.
The plot was hindered due to those excessive and repetitive explanations and declarations, made by the protagonist, to all the characters around him.
Ugh. It happened every time! "Oh, no! Here we go again!"

Jan 27, 2017

This and the other books in the Matthew Swift series are a delight to read.

Oct 27, 2014

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book (hence, no rating to go with this comment), but I will say that the depiction of magic in this book is unlike anything else I've read, and it's breatheaking. I will also warn readers that the book isn't divided into chapters, just several very long sections, so if you're like me and find it hard to put down a book mid-chapter, you might have trouble getting to bed at a good hour.

Nov 16, 2013

Should have been interesting but I got bored. An author who likes to hear himself talk and a protagonist who has power and no clue what to do with it

May 13, 2013

This is brilliant urban fantasy book. Incredibly well written, and an amazing take on the typical urban fantasy genre. I loved the distinctions made between the differing types of magic, and how they have evolved with the advent of cities. I cannot recommend this book heartily enough to fans of the genre.

Apr 12, 2013

Suspend disbelief as you enter the world of a sorcerer. Riveting and vivid descriptive prose, that I have not encountered in my many many years of reading! So fascinating, you lose track of time, and hate to put the book down. Kate Griffin's books should be classics!

bookishjess Nov 26, 2012

Kate Griffin is my new favorite author. Her Matthew Swift series (A Madness of Angels is book 1) is an energetic - almost frenetic at times - fast-paced, occasionally brutal urban fantasy novel. The magic of London is easily imaginable in New York, the writing is unique, and the creativity is off the charts. Loved this book. Have devoured each volume since.


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