The Minority Council

The Minority Council Matthew Swift sorcerer Midnight Mayor is in charge Or so he d like to think London being London is having its issues Drug use is rampant Teenage vandalism is driving away business Violent crimes

  • Title: The Minority Council
  • Author: Kate Griffin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Matthew Swift, sorcerer, Midnight Mayor, is in charge Or so he d like to think London, being London, is having its issues Drug use is rampant Teenage vandalism is driving away business Violent crimes are on the rise Once upon a time, Matthew Swift wouldn t have cared Now it s his mess to clean up.Especially when the new drug on the market is fairy dust and the produMatthew Swift, sorcerer, Midnight Mayor, is in charge Or so he d like to think London, being London, is having its issues Drug use is rampant Teenage vandalism is driving away business Violent crimes are on the rise Once upon a time, Matthew Swift wouldn t have cared Now it s his mess to clean up.Especially when the new drug on the market is fairy dust and the production process involves turning humans into walking drug labs And when the teenage vandals are being hunted by a mystical creature And when the petty criminals of London start dying by magical means.It becomes clear that not only is this Swift s mess to clean up, but someone is trying to tell him how to do his job Now he has to sort out who s behind the crime wave and who s interfering in his business Swift has a lot of old enemies and few friends If he s going to save London from a rising tide of blood he s going to have to learn his lessons and fast.

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    1. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.Well, sort of. Take two dislikeable tropes, refrigerator females and the drug scourge, and put them in the hands of a fine storyteller, set it a city with a millennia of history, and fill it with fascinating characters, particularly a reincarnated schizophrenic sorcerer, and you get something pretty amazing with a little side he [...]

    2. 3 Stars The Minority Council by Kate Griffin is the fourth and final book in the Matthew Swift series. This was a let down to me and it did not compare to the previous three books. But I will not spend much time with my negatives as the Matthew Swift series is a must readA must read for urban fantasy fans. Heck, Griffin worked her magic over on me in book one A Madness of Angels and rekindled my love the for the genre. That book changed my reading habits and they are still that way today. The Ma [...]

    3. Fourth book about Matthew Swift, recently-dead sorcerer and secret servant (or something) of magical London. This volume is considerably more sedate than the first three; we actually get to see Swift patrol, plan, negotiate, recover, rest, and maneuver in between bouts of getting the absolute crap beaten out of him. In fact, he gets nearly a third of the way through the book before something overpoweringly awful gets on his tail, and he has significant respites after that too. Somebody even brin [...]

    4. The Matthew Swift series involves one of the most fantastical and whimsically creative worlds I've encountered, one of the most fascinatingly broken protagonists that I follow, and a style that sucks me into the narrative. I accept that this series is not for everyone; it's written in lush stream-of-consciousness, and there are certain tropes utilized again and again which may be a turnoff for some readers. But if you haven't at least tried the books, you don't know what you're missing. So why i [...]

    5. There's a drug on the streets of London destroying magicians and a shadow killing children and it's going to be up Matthew Swift to do something about about it, but can he trust his own council to help? Matthew has been settling into the job of Midnight Mayor in his own unique way, but it's not one which has gained him many allies among his own staff, or so he thinks.I'm continuing to enjoy this series, though I think this installment was much darker in many ways than previous books. Also, the a [...]

    6. Kate Griffin's writing style is very distinctive - you're either love it with a passion or hate it with exact intensity. Fortunately, I'm in a former group. I like her style, I really love setting (you can tell that the author loves London, and that love is reflected in her novels). But it's not all rosy with this series. As for UF genre goes, series with male protagonist are rarity, and lack of romance as main narrative focus is refreshing. But - I feel like the series are starting to repeat sa [...]

    7. I've been lapping up this series by Kate Griffin, which is an incredibly fresh-seeming and imaginative urban fantasy. I think this book isn't quite as strong as the previous three, but it still delivers evocative writing, a loving portrait of London, a wonderfully quirky protagonist, strong action and a solid story. Yummy stuff!

    8. Last we saw of Matthew Swift, he’s just solved the mystery of The Blackout with heartbreaking consequences. The Midnight Mayor’s duties still have to be carried out, however, no matter how devastated our hero is. He does everything in his power to ignore everyone in the office, most of all The Aldermen whom he loathes, but that is proven to be difficult with the addition of a new giddy but quite lovely PA named Kelly, who never, ever, stops moving and rambling. A random meeting on a boat, ho [...]

    9. In summary: This Matthew Swift story is a bit different from the others, but benefits from the change of pace. Recommended for: As with the third, people who are deeply familiar with the earlier books. SPOILERS AHEADDetailed summary: Rather unlike the first three books, this one does not start with Matthew being thrown into some danger or another. Instead, we are treated to a short but ultimately non-life threatening adventure he shares with another magical practitioner, Meera.The story properly [...]

    10. The finale for the Matthew Swift series is probably the most epic ever, and encapsulates everything that made this an amazing series. The last ~30% I just devoured in one sitting, unable to stop.Kate Griffin addresses a major issue I had with the previous book: Matthew's lack of understanding with the Aldermen. I understood his reasons, but maintaining that behavior would have felt artificial, and so in this book we see a gradual development in terms of co-operation. This also brings the series [...]

    11. 3.25 STARSMatthew Swift meets a woman Meera one night, who charms him by weaving an immensely powerful sorcery that she should not be able to perform, which takes them bodily into the history of London. They connect and spend a night together. Sometime later, he receives a phone call from her, clearly in trouble. (view spoiler)[He searches high and low, tracing everything to the Fairy Godmother -- dealer of a mysterious, super-expensive drug, fairy dust, that grants euphoria as well as great sor [...]

    12. Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series is one of my favourite urban fantasy series around at the moment. The biggest strength of the series for me is the central character. Matthew Swift is a sorcerer who was resurrected and inhabited by a supernatural force called The Blue Electric Angels. Matthew and the Angels have combined to form a unique personality, one who is not always sure who it is exactly. It's a very unique bit of characterisation which makes Matthew a very interesting character to rea [...]

    13. The voice is tricky to slip into, both Swift's plurality and the Beat poet run ons that paint the city around him. I don't think reading earlier books would have helped, other than giving me more pages to acclimate myself to the style. Over the course of THE MINORITY COUNCIL, lots of details regarding past events come to light, none of which can sum up Swift's eerie point of view.Matthew Swift is immersed in the moment, a stream of consciousness pan of the city around him. I have a hard time dif [...]

    14. This is probably my favourite current urban fantasy series by some way for a variety of reasons - I love the way Griffin evokes London, the plots are usually nicely dark and splattered with inventively high body counts and there is none of that irritating romance (especially of the being-torn-between-two-options rubbish that everyone's doing). However with that does come some issues and I began this installment well aware that the cast of recurring characters had undergone what can only be descr [...]

    15. I love the Matthew Swift books. I find them consistently solid, peppered with fascinating insights into the human psyche, and interwoven with that British sense of humor I've always enjoyed. Our hero, Matthew, is flawed and reluctant to assume the mantle of his job responsibilities. His apprentice, Penny, is one kick ass sorceress with a heart of tarnished gold who is the perfect counter to Matthews often dark outlook. The supporting cast of characters are varied and multifaceted, the monsters w [...]

    16. Matthew Swift was one of many mediocre city sorcerers living in London until he was murdered. Then, of course, he was a dead mediocre city sorcerer.And then he came back.And with him came the blue electric angels, magical beings created by all the emotional energy and power we pour into the telephone lines. Matthew Swift, now a "we" instead of a "me", is charged with protecting the city of London. He's stopped the Death of Cities, he's stopped Blackout, he's stopped the Neon army (the modern ver [...]

    17. Still not reaching the heights of "A madness of angels" but it's certainly better than "Neon Court." There's at least more than one plot, it doesn't seem utterly predictable from the very start and by the end you feel that there's at least some evolution in the characters. Also the introduction of Kelly in particular is a spot of brilliance. She's funny and a good contrast to the cynicism of the general cast. The "clever new magic" parts are a little less infrequent than in the earlier books but [...]

    18. Another breathtaking addition to the series, perfect on all counts. It lived up to all of my high expectations from the previous books (this is my favorite series after all) and surpassed them. I was doubtful after the last book of what there was still left to say about this terrible, wonderful world and set of characters that Griffin has created. For though it all holds endless fascination and mystery to be unravelled, the previous books arced so perfectly that the story seemed complete. But, a [...]

    19. Urban fantasy with a capital U. Also, frequently, a capital F. Reverse the order, add SNA before that, and you have arrived at hero Matthew Swift's basic existence as his most excellent and frequently royally messed up Midnight Mayor of London.Start with the first book and cheerfully explore London with Matthew. Be thankful that you are not an all powerful sorcerer with angels singing in your blood. Be thankful that you can get bed rest when you need it. Be thankful that Kate Griffin keeps writi [...]

    20. Toujours aussi passionnant même si les descriptions de Londres semblent un peu répétitives après deux tomes(difficile de trouver des angles d'approche originaux quand l'action se déroulent toujours dans la même ville) mais j'adore et j'adhère au principe du Blue Electric Angel et si l'auteur se décide pour un 4e épisode, je suivrai avec grand plaisir les démêlés du Midnight Major avec le monde obscur

    21. Amazing series - an auto buy for me. I've lived in or near London my whole life and this book introduces me to parts even I only know as tube or train stations. A love affair with London but with dark magic elements thrown in. Better than the Dresden books in my view.

    22. Still pretty good. I'm not completely comfortable with the way the main character has been accumulating friends and then they've all been getting killed to show how dangerous various badguys are. I think it would be less annoying if 90% of them weren't female.

    23. Matthew Swift, Midnight Mayor, has a tendency to begin his adventures by being dropped in the shit without a paddle; for once, the shit is something he kind of brings into his life of his own accord. After a one-night stand with a sorcerously inclined woman he meets on the Thames, a woman with powers to reach further into the past of the city than anyone ought to go, he gets a call for help and follows her trail right into a war with a drug ring -- peddlers of fairy dust, a deadly narcotic made [...]

    24. This book has a lot of hallmarks of Kate Griffin's style - highly original magic systems, lovingly detailed descriptions, and a charismatic narrator who, at times, slips hauntingly into something not quite human. Unfortunately, the plot itself also feels fairly predictable: something has gone amiss in magical London, and Matthew runs around causing and finding trouble, becoming gradually more and more ragged, until such a point as the problem is solved and a large number of people are dead.The l [...]

    25. The descriptions of London are still magnificent, and the threats are great mirrors held up to real issues. But this feels like something of a transitional novel. The urban sorcerer still thinks of himself as a lone wolf, but ends up getting rescued time and again by the extended group he's been meeting over the last 4 books, and for me it loses something for that. It's become almost a running gag that Matthew only has two modes: punching sack, or excessive overwhelming force. But in this book t [...]

    26. So probably really four and a half stars. The end takes a while to wrap up and the stakes don't feel nearly as high as the last two volumes. On the other hand, I truly love Matthew Swift, his truly sarcastic and reliable apprentice Penny, and his new assistant Kelly (every good mayor, even the Midnight Mayor needs a good assistant). I also love how Kate Griffin writes about London. She seems to love London warts and all (especially the warts) and it comes through time and time again. And now I'm [...]

    27. Everything that I like about urban fantasy is present in this book and this series as a whole. Excellent writing, excellent characters, excellent world building and a damn fine story to boot. I enjoyed this one as much as the previous three installments and I'm just sorry that the series appears to be over.

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