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The Neon Court (Matthew Swift #3)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,355 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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 t...more
Paperback, 509 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Feb 22, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Carly
One of my problems with reading books in a completed series is the tendency to read through the books back-to-back. I did that with the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin, and I think my first read of The Neon Court suffered, strictly because of a surfeit of Matthew Swift, along with surprisingly similar plotting and characterization to the prior book. Had I been waiting a year between books, I wouldn’t have minded. But I didn’t, so I did. Luckily, my second read was much more enjoyable.

True t...more
Fyonfyon
The third in Kate Griffin's Matthew Swfit series was my favourite by far. Describing why might prove a bit tricky due to spoilers - especially for those unfamiliar with the series - but I'll do my best.

By now I was totally up to speed with this particular take on London and the urban magic that infuses it. As before, this concept continues to develop and expand with a level of creativity that at times touches the 'inspired' level. Anyone capable of harnessing the concept of the Night Bus so well...more
Carly
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you really have to read Madness of Angels and Midnight Mayor first....
Recommended to Carly by: Me! I'm on a self-recommendation roll!
**edited 11/28/13

Matthew Swift, partially deceased sorcerer, symbiotic host to the electric blue angels of the wires, Midnight Mayor and protector of the city, is not an entity to be summoned lightly. But when he disappears in a blink and awakens in a conjuring of blood, it looks like someone has taken the chance. One perilous rescue, one fight to the death, and one burning building later, Swift's troubles have only begun. Oda, his sometime-enemy, sometime-ally, has been stabbed through the hear...more
Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin
May 31, 2011 Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Emma Bull
NOTE: This review was originally published at The King of Elfland's 2nd Cousin on March 29, 2011. If you like it, check out some of my other reviews there!

Like many of my favorite fantasy finds, I first came across Kate Griffin’s Matthew Swift novels while on a business trip to London. This is kind of appropriate, considering how central London is to Griffin’s impressive urban fantasies. In her third Matthew Swift novel, The Neon Court, Griffin continues to impress with her unique take on contem...more
Vanessa
Matthew Swift is the epitome of the urban sorcerer. Proof: he takes the bus. But there are ways he's not your usual sorcerer, the least of which being that he serves as the Midnight Mayor of London. You see, he also shares a body with the blue electric angels. And he's got a conscience.

Being the Midnight Mayor is not all roses and bon bons. Sure he's got a fleet of aldermen to do his bidding...assuming they'd listen to him (it's hard to take a guy seriously when he wears t-shirts and grubby jean...more
Scruffy
Mathew Swift is a dead sourceror who has been inhabited by the supernatural force of the Blue Electric Angels. So in concept he is similar to other urban fantasy characters like Felix Castor and Preacher's Jessie Custer. However the way Kate Griffin has handled the character is quite different. Mathew Swift and the Angels are not two separate personalities they have merged to form one new personality. Some one who is not quite sure if he is one or many, I or we. It's quite a unique piece of char...more
Miranda
Another amazing addition to the series. Griffin brings delightful new concepts and characters as well as cleverly working in old ones in each book. Though it would be very hard for her to top herself with the previous two books in the series, The Neon Court certainly remains on par. These books are by far my favorites. Their inventiveness, emotion, setting and description, characters and amazing new ideas are only a few of the reasons why I love them. I would recommend the Matthew Swift series t...more
Elaine
This set of books is a bit like Marmite. You either love them or you hate them.

Fans of the previous two books in this series will be well satisfied. I personally was somewhat worried that 'The Neon Court' wouldn't meet expectations. However, my worries were shortlived. As soon as I'd read the first page it was like putting on a favourite pair of comfy shoes!

As always, Griffin's imagery is brilliant and paints a great picture in the minds eye. 'The Neon Court' certainly doesn't lack imagination....more
Kristin
I enjoyed this book immensely. It grabbed my attention from chapter one and held it captive right up until the end.



Book three was definitely settling into a established pattern though; our reluctant hero, Matthew Swift, finds he has Mega Problems on his hands (again), gets beat up trying to reason with parties who don't want to be reasoned with (again), is saved by a friend, situation deteriorates badly (again), and he saves the day. Literally in this instance. Plot design is same as first two...more
Jenny
I LOVE THESE BOOKS! They're so good you don't want to put them down and, yet, so good you want to put them down. Because you know if you keep reading you're going to finish and if you finish you'll have to go back to the monotony that is OTHER books.

I love the ideas born from this authors imagination! Kate Griffin obviously has a deep love for, and knowledge of London; a unique way of seeing the city and, literally, bringing it to life in the pages of these books.

This book, the third in the se...more
Sara
This is my favorite (so far) of the Matthew Swift books.

a. For once he is being assisted by a couple people who are not hoping that he and the big bad will take each other out. (The "we'll use you until you die" mentality of the other two books made me sad. Characters keep saying the angels are crazy dangerous, but have they noticed how Matthew spends his time? He eats cheap street food, lives out of a bag, and seems to mostly occupy himself by wandering the city as rhythm dictates and occasiona...more
Shdnx
Amazing. 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).

The Matthew Swift series is exactly what an urban fantasy series should be like, but only a very few - so very few, like The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - manages to provide: thoughtful, mind-expanding entertainment.

I only very recently discovered how deeply...more
April
I have read the first three of the Matthew Swift series and enjoyed them: The Madness of Angels, The Midnight Mayor and The Neon Court. Swift was a human sorcerer who was killed and brought back to life infused somehow with the Blue Electric Angels of the telephone wires. The magic Griffin gives us is Urban Magic, born of the pulsing life and power of the cities.

Griffin’s style will have a lot to do with whether or not you like these books. It is dark, chaotic, almost stream-of-consciousness. He...more
Alytha
Here's the description from her website:

When the city was founded, he was the mad native spirit that waited in the dark, on the edge of the torchlight. When the streets were cobbled over, he became the footsteps heard on stone that you cannot see. When the Victorians introduced street lighting, he was the shadow who always shied away from the light, and when the gas went out, there he was. The shadow at the end of the alley, the footsteps half-heard in the night.

A daimyo of the Neon Court is dea...more
Wealhtheow
Apr 03, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Night Watch or Neverwhere
Matthew Swift was a sorcerer's apprentice, but he died.

Then he came back.

Now Matthew Swift is the Midnight Mayor, with responsibility for all of London. So when a mystical war threatens between the Neon Court (the fairy court, transformed by the modern age, who prize beauty over truth and style over freedom) and the Tribe (self-mutilating transhumanists whose magic derives only from themselves), he has to deal with it. And when a "chosen one" is prophecied, he has to find her, no matter how sill...more
Princessjay
3.5 STARS

A third installment in the same dark, intense, urban-fantasy style of grime and grit. If you liked the first 2, you will like this third.

However, reading three iterations of this series, the flaws are becoming more obvious through repetition. There is little to no character growth. Individual lives are rather worthless -- potentially fascinating characters drop like flies through out. Breathless, driving-ahead action without a chance to rest; no rhythm and flow, but one head-long rush....more
J.D. Robinson
Mar 14, 2011 J.D. Robinson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
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. But of course, chaos seems to follow his every step. Oda's walking around with a hole in her heart, The Neon Court and the Tribe are at each others throats, the sun won't rise, London's shrinking in on itself, and Matthew's looking for the "chosen one".

I absolutely LOVED this book. If you enjoyed t...more
Ryan G
When I reviewed The Midnight Mayor, the previous book in the series, I promised myself that I would wait too long before I read this one. Instead of keeping that promise, I think I waited even longer for this one. Almost two years has passed since I wrote that review, and I wish I could say the wait was worth it.

I still love Matthew and the London of his world. His is a London full of magic, but not the magic of nature and pixie dust. His London is made up of a magical world that inhabits the ci...more
Stephanie
Like the other books in this series, you are dropped straight into the action as Matthew is dragged into yet another mess, this time concerning a so called "chosen one", two diametrically opposing groups and something about footsteps at the back of a dark alley.
The multiple plots and groups tied together well, and as always we were introduced to some new facets of the urban magic world. Each new character and spell built upon the depth, complexity and pure intriguing beauty that made this unive...more
Rosemary
I continue to clutch my fantasy writing friends by the collar or some other exposed part of their anatomy and bang their heads against the wall, shouting: "You must read the Matthew Swift books." Brilliant, funny, nasty, wicked good use of point-of-view for maximum impact, and truly urban fantasy. Go, get the first one, now...spare yourself a concussion.
Isabel
Eventually truces were made. London was not the only city with a Midnight Mayor; every city had its own mechanism for dealing with the turbulence of the Neon Court's arrival. But still the Neon Court continued, a fire below the decks, waiting for a chance to spring into an inferno. And while most of the time the fire was contained, if there was one thing guaranteed to send it into a fury, it was the arrival of that queen of the court, Lady Neon.

Even though it involved Matthew Swift and the Alde...more
Elspeth
For now I am just going to say it was wonderful!
Oflo
This was one of the first books I nabbed on a new kindle. It did not diminish the reading at all. Although I miss the pretty cover placed next to the others in the series I still could not put the book down. This third installment of the Matthew Swift series was, yet again, action packed and in it we say goodbye to yet another powerful character. One of the best things about Griffin's writing is that she will kill off characters in amazing and powerful ways. These aren't usually characters you j...more
John Patrick
I was first introduced to the Urban Fantasy genera when I was in high school watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and playing the various World of Darkness role playing games. Ever since I have loved the idea of the hidden world of magic existing side by side with our own. While the Dresden Files is still my favorite Urban Fantasy series the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin is rocking up to my second. The first book A Madness of Angels was a little slow to start but a very enjoyable read, the s...more
Morgan Rowe-Morris
Kate Griffin, the adult fantasy pseudonym of award winning Y.A. author Catherine Webb, continues her Matthew Swift series of Urban Fantasy novels in this book.

As always Griffin's feeling for London and the cities magic is deft and well handled and the book is a worthy addition to the series. The characters have depth and feeling and the typical two dimensional fantasy character is a rare thing in Griffin's novels. The action is taught, the writing compelling and the twists manage to surprise mo...more
MsSherlocked
In summary: Part 3 of the saga of Matthew Swift continues in the same wonderful vein as its predecessors, and is a must-read for fans of the series.

Recommended for: Anyone who has read the first two books. This is not something that can be picked up and truly enjoyed without context.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Detailed review: The Neon Court follows the standard formula used in A Madness of Angels and The Midnight Mayor; Matthew is attacked at night at somewhere that is not central London, gets his arse kic...more
Aaron
I've been a huge fan of the series since I first discovered A Madness of Angels. Griffin's world of Urban Fantasy makes me think of what Jim Butcher would do if he was stuck on an island with a copy of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, a complete collection of the Hellblazer comics, and no coffee. The world that main character Matthew Swift lives in is one of an amazing mythos, but it's a very modern one. There are beings within it that are from folklore (Such as the Neon Court in this book.) but they'r...more
Sean the Bookonaut
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J.A.
“What evil lurks in the stab wounds to the heart of a woman who should be deceased, not possessed?” That is the riddle Matthew Swift must unravel after he is unwittingly summoned into a burning building and finds his conjoined selves lying in a pool of another person’s blood. That person turns out to be Swift’s compatriot Oda, who asks him to help her, and to kill her. Someone else has clearly made an attempt at the latter, but Oda is unnaturally clinging to life. Oda, otherwise known to Swift a...more
Tal
War is coming to London. 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...more
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“It's the new me," I explained, waving my hands jazz-style in greeting. "Matthew Swift, Midnight fucking Mayor - I've got multicoloured highlighters and everything.” 19 likes
“Are you aware, Mr Mayor, then when casually scrying the streets of London, you stand out like a giraffe on roller skates, yes?” 12 likes
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