Saturday, October 17, 2009

Griffin, Kate: A Madness of Angels

Set in a London where angels, sorcerers, magicians and shape-changers exist, this first novel is a tour de force. Using many
areas of London as the sites of magic powers, the book is very well written and the use of magic in one form or another more
than acceptable. Some of the concepts are extremely well thought out - a litterbug monster eventually trapped in a rubbish
bin, the continuing life of telephone conversations unheard and the use of urban legends as reality. While the London settings and esoterica remind one of Christopher Fowler's work, this excellent novel raises the level considerably. The author is a successful writer of fantasy for young adults under her real name, Catherine Webb, and I shall try one of these soon.

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