The Minority Council (Matthew Swift, #4)
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The Minority Council (Matthew Swift #4)

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Matthew Swift, sorcerer, Midnight Mayor, is in charge. Or so he'd like to think. London, being London, is having its issues. Drug use is rampant. Teenage vandalism is driving away business. Violent crimes are on the rise. Once upon a time, Matthew Swift wouldn't have cared. Now it's his mess to clean up.

Especially when the new drug on the market is fairy dust and the produ...more
Kindle Edition, USA Edition, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Apr 12, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of unusual urban fantasy
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Carly
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.

Well, sort of. Take two dislikeable tropes, refrigerator females and the drug scourge, and put them in the hands of a fine storyteller, set it a city with a millennia of history, and fill it with fascinating characters, particularly a reincarnated schizophrenic sorcerer, and you get something pretty amazing with a little side he...more
Fourth book about Matthew Swift, recently-dead sorcerer and secret servant (or something) of magical London. This volume is considerably more sedate than the first three; we actually get to see Swift patrol, plan, negotiate, recover, rest, and maneuver in between bouts of getting the absolute crap beaten out of him. In fact, he gets nearly a third of the way through the book before something overpoweringly awful gets on his tail, and he has significant respites after that too. Somebody even brin...more
There's a drug on the streets of London destroying magicians and a shadow killing children and it's going to be up Matthew Swift to do something about about it, but can he trust his own council to help? Matthew has been settling into the job of Midnight Mayor in his own unique way, but it's not one which has gained him many allies among his own staff, or so he thinks.

I'm continuing to enjoy this series, though I think this installment was much darker in many ways than previous books. Also, the a...more
Kate Griffin's writing style is very distinctive - you're either love it with a passion or hate it with exact intensity. Fortunately, I'm in a former group.

I like her style, I really love setting (you can tell that the author loves London, and that love is reflected in her novels). But it's not all rosy with this series. As for UF genre goes, series with male protagonist are rarity, and lack of romance as main narrative focus is refreshing. But - I feel like the series are starting to repeat sa...more
The Matthew Swift series involves one of the most fantastical and whimsically creative worlds I've encountered, one of the most fascinatingly broken protagonists that I follow, and a style that sucks me into the narrative. I accept that this series is not for everyone; it's written in lush stream-of-consciousness, and there are certain tropes utilized again and again which may be a turnoff for some readers. But if you haven't at least tried the books, you don't know what you're missing.

So why i...more
Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series is one of my favourite urban fantasy series around at the moment. The biggest strength of the series for me is the central character. Matthew Swift is a sorcerer who was resurrected and inhabited by a supernatural force called The Blue Electric Angels. Matthew and the Angels have combined to form a unique personality, one who is not always sure who it is exactly. It's a very unique bit of characterisation which makes Matthew a very interesting character to rea...more
The finale for the Matthew Swift series is probably the most epic ever, and encapsulates everything that made this an amazing series. The last ~30% I just devoured in one sitting, unable to stop.

Kate Griffin addresses a major issue I had with the previous book: Matthew's lack of understanding with the Aldermen. I understood his reasons, but maintaining that behavior would have felt artificial, and so in this book we see a gradual development in terms of co-operation. This also brings the series...more
In summary: This Matthew Swift story is a bit different from the others, but benefits from the change of pace.

Recommended for: As with the third, people who are deeply familiar with the earlier books.


Detailed summary: Rather unlike the first three books, this one does not start with Matthew being thrown into some danger or another. Instead, we are treated to a short but ultimately non-life threatening adventure he shares with another magical practitioner, Meera.

The story properly...more
This is probably my favourite current urban fantasy series by some way for a variety of reasons - I love the way Griffin evokes London, the plots are usually nicely dark and splattered with inventively high body counts and there is none of that irritating romance (especially of the being-torn-between-two-options rubbish that everyone's doing). However with that does come some issues and I began this installment well aware that the cast of recurring characters had undergone what can only be descr...more
Matthew Swift was one of many mediocre city sorcerers living in London until he was murdered.
Then, of course, he was a dead mediocre city sorcerer.

And then he came back.

And with him came the blue electric angels, magical beings created by all the emotional energy and power we pour into the telephone lines. Matthew Swift, now a "we" instead of a "me", is charged with protecting the city of London. He's stopped the Death of Cities, he's stopped Blackout, he's stopped the Neon army (the modern ver...more
Still not reaching the heights of "A madness of angels" but it's certainly better than "Neon Court." There's at least more than one plot, it doesn't seem utterly predictable from the very start and by the end you feel that there's at least some evolution in the characters. Also the introduction of Kelly in particular is a spot of brilliance. She's funny and a good contrast to the cynicism of the general cast. The "clever new magic" parts are a little less infrequent than in the earlier books but...more
Another breathtaking addition to the series, perfect on all counts. It lived up to all of my high expectations from the previous books (this is my favorite series after all) and surpassed them. I was doubtful after the last book of what there was still left to say about this terrible, wonderful world and set of characters that Griffin has created. For though it all holds endless fascination and mystery to be unravelled, the previous books arced so perfectly that the story seemed complete. But, a...more
Urban fantasy with a capital U. Also, frequently, a capital F. Reverse the order, add SNA before that, and you have arrived at hero Matthew Swift's basic existence as his most excellent and frequently royally messed up Midnight Mayor of London.

Start with the first book and cheerfully explore London with Matthew. Be thankful that you are not an all powerful sorcerer with angels singing in your blood. Be thankful that you can get bed rest when you need it. Be thankful that Kate Griffin keeps writi...more
Like other reviewers have noted, this book is somewhat different to the three that came before it, and in my opinion, this is in no way a bad thing. The books in this series are not designed to be read as stand alone partially because you would not be able to grasp the depth and diversity of this universe, but also I think that only by reading them as a series do you fully grasp how Matthew has grown and changed. While this book was filled with just as much action,magic and Matthew getting his a...more
JJ DeBenedictis
I've been lapping up this series by Kate Griffin, which is an incredibly fresh-seeming and imaginative urban fantasy. I think this book isn't quite as strong as the previous three, but it still delivers evocative writing, a loving portrait of London, a wonderfully quirky protagonist, strong action and a solid story. Yummy stuff!
Karen Desmond
Amazing series - an auto buy for me. I've lived in or near London my whole life and this book introduces me to parts even I only know as tube or train stations. A love affair with London but with dark magic elements thrown in. Better than the Dresden books in my view.
Still pretty good. I'm not completely comfortable with the way the main character has been accumulating friends and then they've all been getting killed to show how dangerous various badguys are. I think it would be less annoying if 90% of them weren't female.
Ann Thomas
This is the fourth book in the Matthew Swift stories, and I read it straight after the third book, which may not have been the best idea. His habit of going it alone and rushing into things, ending up severely injured, started to get a bit annoying. It was good to see in this book that he actually makes some mistakes and has to learn some hard lessons. Maybe he will grow and do things a bit differently if there are future books.

Matthew Swift is an urban sorceror. His magic comes from the city of...more
I could feel all the shadows here, taste the power in the streets, deep and dark and waiting, feel it move beneath my feet, a well of time and magic that had no bottom, waiting to be tapped. The old stone city walls may have been mostly demolished centuries ago, but there were other barriers, unseen, wrapped around this part of the city, designed as much for keeping secrets in as enemies out. On street corners or embedded in coats of arms on grand municipal buildings, we could feel the watching...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
The voice of THE MINORITY COUNCIL is tricky to slip into, both because of Swift's plurality and the Beat poet run-on sentences that paint the city around him. I don't think reading earlier books would have helped, other than giving me more pages to acclimate myself to the style, but finishing this story has me eager to go back and start at the beginning.

Matthew Swift is immersed in the moment, a stream of consciousness pan of the city around him. I had a hard time differentiating between his own...more
No other series of books has ever done what this series does to me. I'll be so excited for the next book, finally get my hands on it and start reading, and...devour it? Nope. I love these books soooooo much I force myself to put them down so I won't finish. Because if I finish it then I won't get to be in the pages of these wonderful books. I won't be able to walk the streets of a magical London with the awesome, funny, kinda scary Matthew Swift. I won't be able to see the world through his tell...more
May 27, 2013 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: f, hum, uf
Spoilers may be behind the cut. I really don't know how to judge these things.

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Aside from the first installment "A Madness of Angels," this was my favorite of the Matthew Swyft books. There is a side to Matthew here I don't feel that readers have seen before, in the way his brief acquaintance with Meera affects him. There is the devastation caused when the Blue Electric Angels are unleashed in a way they have never been before, thanks to an infusion of a truly horrific drug aimed at sorcerers.

The only thing that really rang false for me is when the third interlude shifts t...more
Londoners have intense loyalties to the areas from which they come. Those born in Croydon will argue that theirs is a borough with access to the green belt, excellent shopping and wide, pleasant streets, while the rest of the city flatly knows that Croydon is a soulless hole whose only redeeming feature is the novelty of the electric tram and a large DIY store with reasonable parking. Likewise, those from Hackney would contend that their borough is vibrant and exciting, instead of crime-ridden a...more
I quite liked this one, it has a pretty decent plot (better than Neon Court, I think), and good character development. It's not by any means a bad book, however, it didn't leave much of an impact, it's pretty much riding the same line as the previous 3 books...Matthew is still getting beaten up to within an inch of his life with astonishing regularity, again demonstrates that he can live without food pr sleep for days, and somehow the inability to actually communicate with others, which can be a...more
The voice is tricky to slip into, both Swift's plurality and the Beat poet run ons that paint the city around him. I don't think reading earlier books would have helped, other than giving me more pages to acclimate myself to the style. Over the course of THE MINORITY COUNCIL, lots of details regarding past events come to light, none of which can sum up Swift's eerie point of view.

Matthew Swift is immersed in the moment, a stream of consciousness pan of the city around him. I have a hard time dif...more
3.25 STARS

Matthew Swift meets a woman Meera one night, who charms him by weaving an immensely powerful sorcery that she should not be able to perform, which takes them bodily into the history of London. They connect and spend a night together. Sometime later, he receives a phone call from her, clearly in trouble. (view spoiler)...more
Matthew Swift, sorcerer, Midnight Mayor, is in charge. Or so he'd like to think. And London, being London, is having its issues. Drug use is rampant. Teenage vandalism is driving away business. Violent crimes are on the rise. Once upon a time, Matthew Swift wouldn't have given a toss. Now it's his mess to clean up.

Especially when the new drug on the market is fairy dust and the production process involves turning humans into walking drug labs. And when the teenage vandals are being hunted by a...more
Daniel Brandon
This book was excellent, with only a few caveats.

Matthew Swift is now the Midnight Mayor, for better or worse, and he's not entirely sure what to do with the job. That's all right-- the job's not entirely sure what to do with him, either. This makes for some amusing tension, but it is a bit of a downshift as he goes from the previous books (Matthew Swift vs. The Death Of Cities) to the current book, which could best be described as Matthew Swift vs. the bureaucratic inertia.

The progression of th...more
Ade Couper
There are some excellent urban fantasy series around at the moment , a number of which I've already commented on . To that list , add Kate Griffin's excellent "Matthew Swift" novels , of which this is the most recent .

Right . Backstory . Matthew Swift , sorcesror , killed by agents of his former mentor . Returns to life sharing his body with the electric blue angels (spirits of telephone lines) . Becomes Midnight Mayor of London . Usually up to his neck in the unpleasant stuff....

This time roun...more
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“My name is Matthew Swift. I’m a sorcerer, the only one in the city who survived Robert Bakker’s purge. I was killed by my teacher’s shadow and my body dissolved into telephone static and all they had left to bury was a bit of blood. Then we came back, and I am we and we are me, and we are the blue electric angels, creatures of the phones and the wires, the gods made from the surplus life you miserable excuse for mortals pour into all things electric. I am the Midnight Mayor, the protector of the city, the guardian of the night, the keeper of the gates, the watcher on the walls. We turned back the death of cities, we were there when Lady Neon died, we drove the creature called Blackout into the shadows at the end of the alleys, we are light, we are life, we are fire and, would you believe it, the word that best describes our condition right now is cranky.

Would you like to see what happens when you make us mad?”
“I hesitated. Truth shot a sly glance at expediency, expediency waggled its eyebrows significantly, truth made a little noise at the back of its throat, and expediency jumped straight on in there.” 0 likes
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