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The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin
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Jul 08, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-and-urban-fantasy
Recommended for: anglophiles, urbanites, sorcerers
Read from July 05 to 08, 2010 — I own a copy

This is the sequel to A Madness of Angels, which should be read first. Like its predecessor, The Midnight Mayor's greatest strength is how vividly it brings the urban magic of London to life. The city is practically the main character. This is not just traditional fantasy magic grafted onto a modern metropolis, but magic that feels like it grew out of the city and beats in tune with the city's pulse.

In The Midnight Mayor, that pulse is threatened: the ravens in the Tower dead, the remains of the city wall defaced, the Midnight Mayor– magical protector of the city– killed horrifically, and generally all signs pointing to coming disaster. Matthew Swift, sorcerer, is thrust against his will into the heart of the danger and must seek a way to save the city and maybe even his own skin. The plot moves along briskly, delivering plenty of scares and wonders along the way. However, the book has plenty of character development and moral dilemmas to make it more than just a thrill ride. There's also enough snarky humor to keep things from getting too heavy. All in all, this is a highly enjoyable read.

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