A Madness of Angels

I don’t really know how to start this review.  Usually I say a little about the book and then go on with my thoughts and feelings after finishing it.  A Madness of Angels has kind of turned that on its head.  I struggled to get into it, I think I read the first chapter three times before it started sinking in.  Too many similes and repetitions started to put me off but since I am a stubborn kind of reader, I persevered and I’m glad I did.  The writing matured as it went on and the characters became more solid.  I can’t say I was able to truly empathise with the main character of Matthew Swift, but you understood where he was from and you did end up liking and caring about him.  What made the book so interesting was the setting and method of magic.  An arcane London living, breathing and existing alongside the mundane.  The magical community has their own rules, ethics and paths and the rich history of London plays a large part in that.

The reason I bought this book was because of a citation from Mike Carey on the cover and since I enjoy his work a lot, I thought it might be similar in feel and in that respect I was not disappointed.  It was not anywhere near as easy to read as Mike Carey’s work or to mention another favoured urban fantasy author Jim Butcher.  I can’t say I was gripped enough to keep reading in spite of other things that needed doing, and I was quite confused with the plot at times.  Saying that,  I was keen to pick it up when I could and continue on, needing to see what happened in the end.

I think on the whole I would recommend this book, I can’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t find it absorbing but it was entertaining.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Kate Griffin
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Book Bonanza!

It’s been a very booky couple of weeks here.  They are a bit like buses…. none for ages then several come along at once!

A charity shop run, a car boot sale, a neighbour passing me some she’d finished with, and the rare event of finding a couple of books I wanted in WH Smiths made me a happy bookworm.  Then my lovely husband Tony bought me a few I really wanted from Waterstones!

Anyway, here are the latest aquisitions :

The Strength of the Pack – Jorrie Spencer
Pack Challenge – Shelly Laurenston
The Wolf’s Heart – Jenna Leigh
Gallows View/A Dedicated Man – Peter Robinson
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death – M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet – M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener – M.C. Beaton
Carnival of Souls (Buffy) – Nancy Holder
Feotal Attraction/Girl’s Night Out – Kathy Lette
Mad Cows – Kathy Lette
Altar Ego – Kathy Lette
Deadly Desire – Keri Arthur
Chasing the Shadows – Keri Arthur
A Madness of Angels – Kate Griffin
Orcs : Bad Blood 1 – Stan Nicholls
Memory Zero – Keri Arthur
Dark Hunter Companion – Sherrilyn Kenyon with Alethea Kontis

Should keep me out of mischief for oooh a couple of days 😉