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A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
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May 03, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, urban_fantasy, bookclub, 2010, reviewed
Read in August, 2010 — I own a copy

I really, really want to like this book. But I don't. The author provides lush descriptions that engage all five senses, loving in detail.... in the middle of action scenes. Repeatedly within a single action scene, in fact. While I love lush language, there comes a time to back off and tell the damn story or lose the feeling of immediacy and danger that the descriptions were meant to inspire.

Applying a sympathetic magic system to an urban environment was interesting. The relationship between Matthew Swift and the angels of the wires was intriguing -- more so as Matthew recovered his own separate personality as the book unfolded. But the heavily-descriptive style prevented me from getting any traction in the story. If it hadn't been a book club pick, I probably would have given up on it.
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