|There is something about London, England, that creates myths
and urban fantasy and inspires writers. London is a city that people who write about it
either love or hate, there is no middle ground. Kate Griffin loves London. This love
became apparent when I realised that of the two fully formed characters in her debut book A
Madness of Angels one of them is London the other is Matthew Swift, a back
from the dead sorcerer who wants revenge on the beast that killed him.
of Angels is interesting first book, reminiscent of Mary Gentles Rats
and Gargoyles and Simon R Greens London underground series, but, unlike the
former, is set in the here and now and has more heft than the latter. Ms Griffin has
created her own sophisticated world of subtle distinctions, where magicians create spells
but sorcerers use magic, where were-creatures can be pigeons and bikers know the short cut
from A to C by bypassing B. And Matthew Swift is a sorcerer resurrected with the
connivance of the blue electric angels that dwell in the static ever present in the
If I have any complaints about the book they centre round lack of brevity the
trip from A to C frequently involved not only B, but a detour via the scenic highlights of
D and sometimes E. But it was a very pleasant trip nonetheless.
If you like your urban fantasy bold and brassy this could be the book for you.