'Ben Aaronovitch's masterfully crafted world of magic, ghosts and gruesome crimes gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money' The Sun
'Great, great fun' Simon Mayo, Radio 2
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 voluble, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Lacking ambition and easily distracted, Peter Grant faces a career of paper-pushing with the Metropolitan Police. But when a peculiar murder sparks the officer’s dormant supernatural gifts, he becomes an apprentice to a powerful wizard known to colleagues as Inspector Thomas Nightingale. Populated by vampires, river goddesses, and shape-shifting villains, Ben Aaronovitch’s comedic fantasy/crime novel—the first in a series—unfolds at breakneck pace. Artful descriptions and a droll protagonist make Rivers of London both entrancing and entertaining.
Rivers of London
I have just read this for the second time, after reading all the Peter Grant books published so far.
I had completely forgotten parts of the story, but not the description of London. The characters developed in later novels already have their structure set in this book. I love the interwoven storylines and the historical links.
This book sets a route into beautiful and complex structures of myth, history and modern police methodology.
This is a series for lovers of fantasy, crime, London and history.
Interesting lore and story, however the writing of female characters is rather misogynistic and let’s it down
Not my cup of tea at all
Strange writing style, main character emotionally detached. Will not be able to finish this one ...