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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

REVIEW: A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin

For Matthew Swift, today is not like any other day. It is the day on which he returns to life.

Two years after his untimely death, Matthew Swift finds himself breathing once again, lying in bed in his London home.

Except that it's no longer his bed, or his home. And the last time this sorcerer was seen alive, an unknown assailant had gouged a hole so deep in his chest that his death was irrefutable...despite his body never being found.

He doesn't have long to mull over his resurrection though, or the changes that have been wrought upon him. His only concern now is vengeance. Vengeance upon his monstrous killer and vengeance upon the one who brought him back.

Book: A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
Release Date: April 6, 2009
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Matthew Swift, #1
Obtained: Purchased
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)

A Madness of Angels took me quite some time to read because it's one of those books that has no urgency to it, but not in a bad way. It was a really good book, which is why I gave it four out of five zombies, but it was very slow and deliberate, taking lots of page time to describe feelings and people, and especially London, which was almost its own character.

Matthew Swift is my favorite kind of character, one who is absolutely batshit insane. Of course, for someone who's been gruesomely murdered and then come back from the dead not entirely himself, he's holding it together surprisingly well. For a normal human being, though, he's just plain crazy.

I think that if you don't mind the slow, descriptive writing that is usually found in hard fantasy, then A Madness of Angels is a very provocative, interesting book that's well worth a read.