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Midnight Mayor (Matthew Swift #2)

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It's said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. Resurrected sorcerer Matthew Swift is about to discover that this isn't so far from the truth. . .
One by one, the protective magical wards that guard the city are falling: the London Wall defiled with cryptic graffiti, the ravens found dead at the Tower, the
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Published March 8th 2010 by Orbit (first published 2010)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Feb 15, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: Carly
A solid urban fantasy read.

The second installment of the Matthew Swift series, The Midnight Mayor continues to follow recently reincarnated Matthew Swift and the co-inhabitants of his body, the electric angels. Once again, Matthew regains consciousness near a public phone, lying in the ground in the dark and the rain; cold, burned, and bloody. As he tries to orient himself, hooded faceless spectres start to stalk him. He manages to escape after some clever displays of sorcery and goes to find th
Lyrical, sensual, and gritty urban fantasy with magic, monsters mystery and blood splashed unrepentantly across the very first chapter... welcome back to the weird/wonderful/wicked world of Matthew Swift, London's première symbiotic-sorcerer!
It took me too damn long to get around to reading this. I really enjoyed the preceding instalment, A Madness of Angels - it's not perfect, but it got me excited - and I was psyched to dive into the next one, but it took me an age to get around to it. Even
Matthew Swift died choking on his own blood.
Years later, he came back.
But he didn't come back alone.

His struggle to understand his death, and the other magic users' struggle to come to terms with his new dual identity of blue electric angels and dead man, formed the basis for A Madness of Angels. After the cataclysmic events of the last few years, Swift deserves a nice long break--but alas, he's the last sorcerer left in London, and doom has come upon his city. The supernatural defenses of Londo
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantastically imaginative UF who won't mind the writing style
Recommended to Carly by: me. Thank you, me!
**edited 11/28/13

Something is wrong with the city.
Spectres and Saturates (scum monsters) stalk (or squish) through the streets. There is writing on the walls of London. The ravens of the Tower are dead. And Matthew Swift, somewhat-deceased, partially-possessed sorcerer, has been attacked through the very phone lines from which he draws part of his identity. When he awakens from unconsciousness, wounded and bleeding, it is to the realisation that the Midnight Mayor, mysterious protector of the c
Matthew Swift has died and been resurrected once before, and he would very much like to stay alive for good this time, thank you very much. It's too bad someone has other plans. The ravens at the Tower of London are dead, the London Wall has been defiled, and the London Stone has been broken. The Midnight Mayor has been found dead of thousands upon thousands of small slices to the skin, with clothing and even fingernails somehow untouched. With the protective wards of the city down and the Midni ...more
Wow, just wow! I loved everything about this book. Matthew Swift has to be one of the best characters ever invented and I still say he must be Harry Dresden's long lost cousin or even his twin brother separated at birth. The descriptions of London are magnificent and actually make me homesick which is amazing since England has not been my home for many years now. The pace of the story is relentless and it is very hard to put the book down at any point. There is one scene in which Matthew and the ...more
The magical wards of London are being systematically destroyed — the ravens at the Tower of London are dead, the London Wall is defiled. Before the very fabric of London is sucked into chaos, Matthew Swift must solve the riddle of where Mo has gone, and who is scrawling the slogan ‘Give Me Back My Hat’ across the walls of his city. In The Midnight Mayor, Kate Griffin takes the reader on a scorching tour around the city of London, introducing the Midnight Mayor and the extremely creepy Mr Pinner, ...more
N.K. Jemisin
Almost gave this one four stars, because it started out too much like the first book, and I don't actually like it when subsequent books in a trilogy give me more of the same. It even started off the same way: Matthew awakens, disoriented and afflicted with strange magic, then has to immediately fight off a dire threat (spectres this time, instead of the litterbug of the first book). But soon we're introduced to new marvels and mysteries, like the Aldermen, and soon we get something I hadn't rea ...more
William Crosby
But way too much description of London for my tastes. I do not enjoy reading travelogues. If that is your thing, then check this book out. A slightly different view of London.
The writer likes lists. Some of her paragraphs are just long lists (of what the narrator sees and other various lists). I do not like lists. I found myself skimming.
Still, inventive.
And a fascinating take on magic.
Gripe: if you save one innocent life and kill fifty others doing it, that does not count as a moral victory.

Also, the author writes too much description. I've learned to skim over all the comma-separated lists of scenery elements. I understand that the main character draws strength from his environment, but still. She should have just had one item per scene.
These books are like a rich chocolate cake, so, so good! One sliver almost makes you keel over from a sugar high, but you just can't stop. And why would you? I love, love, love these book!!! This one was just as good, or better than the first. Oh how I loathe waiting for the next!
J.D. Robinson
Let me start from the beginning. It all started in March this year, when the cover of The Midnight Mayor caught my eye on the shelf. I mean look at it, it’s such a beautiful cover! Who could resist picking that up and buying it? When I got it home to read though, I was just a little confused, and took me a good fifty pages to realize that, while a separate story in it’s own, it was the second book in the Matthew Swift series. Reluctantly, I went back and found the first book, A Madness of Angels ...more
In contemporary London a young immigrant woman, working as a meter maid, is assaulted and her hat is stolen. Enraged and depressed she stands on London Bridge and shouts into the darkness,"Give me back my hat!"

She doesn't realize that her cry for respect hss cursed the city.

I've read all of Kate Griffin's book, but this is my favorite. The books assume the existance of magic, magic fueled by patterns of life: traffice, neon, the footsteps on the sidewalks, the hands on the guard rails of the ste
Peter Taylor
From the cover

It's said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. As it happens, that's not so far from the truth ...
One by one, the magical wards that guard the city are failing; the London Wall defiled with cryptic graffiti; the ravens found dead at the Tower; the London Stone destroyed. This is not good news. The array of supernatural defences - a mix of international tourist attractions and forgotten urban legends - formed a for
Utterly stunned. I immensely enjoyed whole vibe that Matthew Swift really was unashamedly 'winging it' most of the way through the book! It made a welcome change from previous books I have read where the characters have the answers layed out before them! Little quips and the attitudes of the main charaters (even in the most dire situations) made me laugh to myself. I am more in love with the main character, Matthew, than I was before and the relationship between he and Oda was even better than i ...more
Vijay Paradkar
This series by Kate Griffin (Catherine Webb) is rapidly becoming one of the more exciting and original urban fantasy series I've encountered. Where most authors simply transpose traditional notions of magic to contemporary or urban settings, Griffin conceives of a world in which magic, powered by life and belief, evolves to fit the modern day. The result is a brilliantly vivid portrayal of London and the vibrant pace and chaos of one of the world's most bustling metropolises.

The first book in th
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
Having found the first book in this sequence a very pleasant (if blood-soaked) surprise, I was more than happy to get stuck into the second of the series. And it was clear straight away that this was not going to be some lacklustre retread of previous works (certain US authors of similar genres - I'm looking at you. And I'm tutting. With a little sniff of contempt). Sure all the elements that made the first book such fun are still here - at times bone dry humour, plenty of snappy dialogue and ac ...more
Matthew Swift, hechicero urbana y angeles azules electricos, deberia evitar contestar llamadas telefonicas en mitad de la nada, pero va con su naturaleza... y al despertar empiezan los problemas y persecuciones luchando por su vida.

Alguien ha asesinado al Alcalde de la Medianoche, y Swift es el principal sospechoso, los espectros lo persiguen y él sólo queria hallar a un chico perdido. A lo largo de la historia, este apaleado er antiheroe nuestro va descubriendo que Londres ha sido maldecido, to
An excellent follow-up to Book 1.

A novel in the breathless, grim, viscerally described style of true urban magic. Matthew Swift the semi-human sorcerer gets caught up into the myth of the Midnight Mayor, who protects the stones of the city against outside destruction.

Reminds me of The Books of Magic, John Constantine, and Dream of the Endless series of graphic novels -- the graphic nature of the description, the City of London as a vivid background and character, the dark and wild creativity of
I was happy to see that the second book of the Matthew Swift series is just as good as the first one had been. It's similar, really, the style and the depth. We learn about some new aspects of magic.

The main difference is in the pacing: the story of The Midnight Mayor progresses considerably faster than that of the first book (Madness of Angels). This made it easier for me to read it, and made for a more immersing experience.

Looking forward to reading the third installment, The Neon Court.
The second Matthew Swift book was a bit slow to get going, probably because I read it right after the latest Dresden Files book (Skin Game). Many similarities, but very different style. The both series are urban fantasies, written in 1st person narrative, and the main character is a magician guy: wizard (Dresden) or sorcerer (Swift). Both are also very city-specific: Dresden in Chicago, and Swift in London. Those are the similarities, but the language and the main character personalities are ver ...more
Matthew Swift book 3, Good story, characters are interesting as usual and the political intrigue between factions in this book sorts follows a theme for the swift novels, these books seem to be getting considerably darker and at times seemed a bit heavy going due to the tone of the book in general, the author tries hard to use swifts sarcasm and sense of humour to lighten the tone at points but it didn't really work for me.

Overall however as a fan of the Matthew swift series I felt it lived up t
Roxanne Rebusit
There are so many things I could say about this book. Though the second in the series, it's actually the first of the Matthew Swift books I've read - and you can bet I'll be picking up the rest.

In many ways, the way that this book reads reminds me strongly of both the Dresden Files and some of Gaiman's work. The character of Matthew Swift, sorcerer (and something rather beyond) doesn't just have the feeling of a person placed in a situation - the characterization is all there, is fleshed-out and
Epic magical battles in the City of London (the actual square mile bit). I think I enjoyed this most because I knew so many of the locations -- and they are just a bit of mood lighting away from magical. One of major conceits of this novel is that magic has moved on from the ancient rituals so instead of a pentagram, you can't do better than to bind with a double red line (no parking). It's a sensible approach, since our lives are much more governed by "Mind the Gap," than some old Latin phrase. ...more
Not sure what I think about this book. It's impossible to identify with the main character sometimes as he is/they are quite clearly mad and yet I guess there are some aspects of his personality that appeal to me and I like his view on the world and the humour he uses.

Than there's the writing itself, a lot of the book feels like meaningless rambling and I feel like a lot of it could have been cut out to still have the same story. A lot of the times I felt like I lost track of what was actually g
Matthew Swift has already died once and isn't interested in doing so again. Unfortunately he has the knack of finding himself in the right place at the wrong time, and now London's Aldermen (the magical kind) believe Swift killed the Midnight Mayor. Kinda ironic considering he didn't even believe the guy existed in the first place...

To avoid punishment for a crime he didn't commit, Swift searches for the mayor's killer, but realizes there's more to this story than the death of one man: it involv
Ryan G
After about 27 months, I finally got around to reading the sequel to A Madness of Angels. I wish I could tell you a valid reason why it seems to take me forever to read the next book in a series, but I can't. I know most people, when the really enjoy the first book in a series, want to read the next one as soon as possible. Now sometimes we have to wait if the next book isn't out yet, but for the most part, if the book is out, it will be the next book read. That's not how I work for some strange ...more
Helena R-D
I honestly couldn't finish this book fast enough because it was so unnecessarily drawn out. I know it was supposed to be atmospheric and moody, but it honestly became super irritating by the time the conclusion came. I loved the descriptions of London boroughs, but the pace needs to be picked up. Not to mention the characters need to be fleshed out much more than they have been. I honestly haven't the slightest what motivations Matthew Swift and the Angels have, even after reading two books of t ...more
The sequel to A MADNESS OF ANGELS, THE MIDNIGHT MAYOR continued the saga of Matthew Swift/electric blue angels. THE MIDNIGHT MAYOR is better than the first, I think, because the characters are more well-developed. In the first you're concerned mainly with Matthew's attempt to reconcile himself with his new cohabitants, but in this one you get to know the people (who can be pretty funny). Urban fantasy, fantasy noir, whatever you want to call it, it makes me so happy because in any book by any au ...more
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“He glanced up as I entered, and for a moment, looked almost surprised.
"Mr. Swift!"
"Ta-da!" I exclaimed weakly.
"You're still..."
"Still not dead. That's me. It's my big party trick, still not being dead, gets them every time.”
“When last I checked, you were a sorcerer, not a Jedi."
"You've seen Star Wars?"
"Seen it and denounced it."
"You've denounced Star Wars?"
She looked me straight in the eye and said, "Hollywood should not glorify witches."
"I think you've missed the point..."
"I also denounce Harry Potter."
"...because literature, especially children's literature, should not glorify witches."
"Oda, what do you do for fun?"
She thought about it, then said, without a jot of humor, "I denounce things.”
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