Review & Giveaway: THE NEON COURT by Kate Griffin

Happy hump-day! Today, I’m looking at a new urban fantasy, The Neon Court, or The Betrayal of Matthew Swift, by Kate Griffin. Fans of YA books such as Timekeepers or the Horatio Lyle series will know the author Catherine Webb–well, Kate Griffin is the pen name under which she writes her adult Matthew Swift series. So, here we go–and as always, you’ll have a chance to win at the end!

ABOUT THE BOOK:  War is coming to London. A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead and all fingers point towards their ancient enemy – The Tribe. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses. But Matthew Swift has his own concerns. He has been summoned abruptly, body and soul, to a burning tower and to the dead body of Oda, warrior of The Order and known associate of Swift. There’s a hole in her heart and the symbol of the Midnight Mayor drawn in her own blood. Except, she is still walking and talking and has a nasty habit of saying ‘we’ when she means ‘I.’ Now, Swift faces the longest night of his life. Lady Neon herself is coming to London and the Tribe is ready to fight. At the heart of it all is a rumor of a ‘chosen one,’ a monster that burns out the eyes of all who look at it, and a walking dead woman. Swift must stop a war, protect his city, and save his friend – if she’ll stop trying to kill him long enough for him to try.

MY THOUGHTS:  I began reading this book without realizing it was the third in the Matthew Swift series, so there was a learning curve–and it’s why for the giveaway I’m offering up a choice of the first book in the series if you’d prefer. But, having said that, I really liked this book. If you’re a fan of Simon R. Green’s Nightside series (and I am), this story of an alternative, concurrent version of London will appeal to you, as will Griffin’s sharp, edgy voice and dry wit. The thing to know about it–that took me a while to figure out–is that Matthew Swift, the urban magic practitioner who is a resurrected being, inhabits his body with some angels. So occasionally, he shifts from saying “I” to a royal kind of  “We.” This threw me until I went looking for a synopsis of the first book in the series to see what was going on. Still, this is a smart, funny read and I like it well enough that I’ll now go out in search of the first two in the series, A Madness of Angels (2009) and The Midnight Mayor (2010).

Want to win a copy of The Neon Court or, if you’re new to this series, A Madness of Angels? Just let me know your favorite magic practitioner. I struggled between Harry Potter, Rachel Morgan and Gandalf, but finally went for Harry. You know the drill: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Expelliarmus!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

22 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: THE NEON COURT by Kate Griffin

  1. My favorite magic practicioner is Dumbledore. If I win I’d like the first book since this author is new to me.

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  2. Gonna have to go w/Magnus Bane. He wears glitter, after all!
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  3. Going with Vin from Mistborn. Allomancy is magic!
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  4. my favorite magic practitioner is mallory from chole neill’s series.

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  5. Well I am old fashioned and my favorite wizard is Merlin ( in all the many guises he has been portrayed in many. many books.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I have read the first three of the Nightside novels and one of my complaints is that I think I would have enjoyed them more if the action moved between the nightside and London.

    Seems this series may do that so I would like to try it.

    I would need to start with book one though.

    Carol T

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  6. Harry wins for me! I love all the others you mentioned, but I’m being sentimental and I’ll stick with Harry!

    Also, the series is new for me (Suzanne, thanks a lot, your post made me discover lots of new interesting series)!

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