Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 9780575097582
Pages: 390

RATINGS
PLOT: 5
PACING: 4
CHARACTERS: 5
STYLE: 4
SETTING: 4

TOTAL RATING: 4.4 STARS

A brilliant start to a mash-up of urban fantasy meets cop thriller.

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.

With a fresh concept and some amazing characters, Ben Aaronovitch weaves a story that is straight out of the bizarre and which gives you an idea o what might happen if Harry Potter every grew up without Hogwarts and joining the Met!

With a series of novels, spin off graphic novels and novellas, you can see Ben Aaronovitch’s love for all things geeky and sci-fi put into the main character PC Peter Grant, who grew up on Lord of the Rings and Jazz in his parents South London flat and his sudden life getting flipped when his previously strange life gets even weirder!

An amazing plot, fantastic characters, if you grew up a bit weird then you’ll love this series.

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