A Madness of Angels

A Madness of Angels, UK paperback coverUK Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: April 2009
Format: Paperback
R.R.P. £7.99
More Info: www.littlebrown.co.uk

US Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: April 2009 / January 2010
Format: Hardcover / Paperback
R.R.P. $19.99 / $7.99
More Info: www.hachettebookgroup.com

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About the Book:

When a man is tired of London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford – Samuel Johnson

In fact, Dr Johnson was only half right. There is in London much more than life – there is power. It ebbs and flows with the rhythms of the city, makes runes from the alignments of ancient streets and hums with the rattle of trains and buses; it waxes and wanes with the patterns of the business day. It is a new kind of magic: urban magic.

Enter a London where magicians ride the Last Train, implore favours of The Beggar King and interpret the insane wisdom of The Bag Lady. Enter a London where beings of power soar with the pigeons and scrabble with the rats, and seek insight in the half-whispered madness of the blue electric angels.

Enter the London of Matthew Swift, where rival sorcerers, hidden in plain sight, do battle for the very soul of the city …

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  4. One of my favourite books of all time.
    A really terrific take on modern urban fantasy and the rules and constructs of the magic in Swift’s world are very clever.
    It would make a fantastic TV series (please don’t let the American’s do it – keep it British).

  5. This is a brilliant series, whether you love urban fantasy, or just love ‘london. The descriptions bring the city to life and it plays a dominant part of the story like an extra character. I’ve loved every book since.

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  7. This a a fab book and a wonderful series. One of my favorites! When will there be an audiobook made of it?

  8. I’ve greatly enjoyed this series. The way you write the blue electric angels reminds me very much of how I feel during hypomania – free, full of fire, folds of the universe’s fabric at my fingertips, and perpetually astounded that no one can see the light shining from my eyes.
    As someone who’s read quite a lot of books (though what cachet that truly gives me…), your grasp of the language and its effective use is some of the best I’ve ever seen.

  9. An audiobook version of this series would be greatly appreciated!

  10. I loved the magic of this world. The story pulled you in and did not let go. All time favorite. I do agree there should be an audiobook version of this as well as a movie 🙂 🙂

  11. Please bring this and midnight mayor to audiobbook

  12. Very surprised there is no audiobook versions of this series.

  13. Still wishing there were an audiobook version of this excellent series.

  14. Audiobook please!!

  15. I would love to show this series to my family, but they all suffer from ADHD and would require an audiobook version to enjoy this world as I have!

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