A madness of angels, or, The resurrection of Matthew Swift

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A madness of angels, or, The resurrection of Matthew Swift (2009, Orbit)

458 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 2009 by Orbit.


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5 stars (1 review)

"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."--dust cover flap.

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5 stars

While this book originally didn't wow me when I started reading it, I pretty much was glued to it after the first quarter of the book. Thematically, it fills the same niche as the Peter Grant series or the Checquy Files occupy. Weird urban fantasy set in contemporary London. This novel is missing the incredibly likeable protagonist that the Peter Grant books have, and there's none of the black, quirky humour that The Rook has. However, the world-building turned out incredibly interesting, and Matthew Swift has some interesting depths to him.

As far as the story goes, the novel starts somewhat confusingly, with Matthew Swift waking up after two years, in an apartment that is no longer his own. Turns out Mr. Swift is a sorcerer who has been dead for the past two years, and all his sorcerer friends and acquaintances appear to be dead as well. A conspiracy …


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