And In The Third Book He Arose

Madness of AngelsThe third book in my recent spate of men brought back to life books, A Madness of Angels: Or, The Resurrection of Matthew Swift was just as “dark fantastic” as The Dark Volume and The Watch. In The Dark Volume blue glass alchemy brings a man back to life, whereas in A Madness of Angels blue electric angels do the trick. The Watch reminded me of lines from U2’s “No Line On The Horizon;” A Madness of Angels reminds of these lines from “Breathe”:

Nine 0 nine, St. John Divine, on the line, my pulse is fine
But I’m running down the road like loose electricity
While the band in my head plays a striptease

The band in Matthew Swift’s head are the blue electric angels, incorporated with him upon his resurrection, and their tease is “come be we and be free.”  Swift is an urban sorcerer, one who draws upon the power of the city around him, but returning to mortality two years after his murder is not the work of any of his spells.  Someone has summoned him back, and the blue electric angels have come with him. The spectre that killed him before is after him again, but this time it has competition from both the blue electric angels as well as other factions that want to subject or destroy the angels for their own purposes.

Kate Griffin, otherwise known as YA author Catherine Webb, breathes life into an eclectic, electric debut.  I was so drawn into this story that I missed my bus stop.  When I belatedly stepped out into the rain I felt like the air was charged with power that could be tapped.  Swift tells his comrades in arms that sorcery is just a different point of view, a unique way of viewing the world around them,  and there just may be something to that.  This book is certainly unique and unpredictable, and there is certainly something to be said for that.

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One Response to “And In The Third Book He Arose”

  1. […] Midnight Mayor didn’t have quite the same electrical effect on me as A Madness of Angels (see review posted on 5/12/09 ), but Griffin doesn’t pull any punches in this […]

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