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A Madness of Angels

I've just finished this urban fantasy, as recommended by Sarah Wroot and it's pretty fun stuff. A bit like the Dresden Files but English, somewhere between Neil Gaiman and Mike Carey's Felix Castor books (in which magic gets more out into the open and changes the political scene in a way I didn't much care for). It's all the more impressive that the author, Kate Griffin is only 24. The hero, Matthew Swift, was until recently a presumed dead sorcerer. That's someone who is in touch with the world around him, can feel its energies and use them magically. It's not the only kind of magic and of course, he's not the only one who can do this kind of thing. His quest is to find out who thought they'd killed him and who brought him back.

As ever with magical trilogies (there are three now and probably more in the pipeline), it's a bit long, especially towards the end and there's some info dumping about things the hero knows all about but on the whole I enjoyed it and I think I'll read the others. The big good thing is the description of how magic works, how it feels and where it comes from.

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timgray
Apr. 8th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Picked this up on your recommendation. Interesting so far. Girl's spent a lot of time wandering round London!
j0hnanderson
Apr. 15th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
Another recommendation
Hey Steve,
You might also want to look at Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. It's about a young Met Police copper who is invited into the Met's Magical Investigations Department. Very well written, quite funny and well written.
John

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rivers-London-Ben-Aaronovitch/dp/0575097566/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302872781&sr=1-1
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