The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin
Or, the Inauguration of Matthew Swift

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It's said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. Resurrected sorcerer Matthew Swift is about to discover that this isn't so far from the truth...

One by one, the protective magical wards that guard the city are falling. This is not good news. This array of supernatural defenses - a mix of international tourist attractions and forgotten urban legends - formed a formidable shield that protects the city of London from threats that are known to no one. But what could be so dangerous as to threaten an entire city?

Matthew Swift is about to find out. And if he's lucky, he might just live long enough to do something about it...

About Kate Griffin

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Kate Griffin is the name under which Carnegie Medal-nominated author Catherine Webb writes fantasy novels for adults. An acclaimed author of young adult books under her own name, Catherine's amazing debut, Mirror Dreams, was written when she was only 14 years old, and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman. She read History at the London School of Economics, and studied at RADA. Find out more about the author at
Published February 17, 2010 by Orbit. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In The Midnight Mayor*, part two of a new Urban Fantasy series by Kate Griffin plays with the idea that a strange, and mythical, destruction is looming over London’s streets.

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The world Griffin has created around Matthew Swift is such a vibrant and exciting place, made even better by telling observations about life – for magic is life, and life is magic – such as being able to drown anything in the bottom of a beer bottle.

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SF Crow's Nest

As Swift discovers, London is under attack by an entity known as the Death of Cities.

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London is – quite literally, in this case – a living, breathing entity in Kate Griffin’s books, but you don’t have to live there to appreciate how rich and detailed her scenery is.

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