The seventh book of the bestselling Rivers of London series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.
The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague--Lesley May--who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch....
Aaronovitch's seventh Peter Grant urban fantasy (after 2016's The Hanging Tree) is more funny than memorable, with the plot overshadowed by the laugh-out-loud prose. Peter, a London police detective constable assigned to the pursuit of paranormal crime, has magic powers himself, and is also an extreme nerd able to distinguish between the depictions of dwarfish iconography in Tolkien's books and those in filmed adaptations. He's on the trail of Martin Chorley, the wizard known as Faceless Man II, who's viewed as a major security threat to the U.K. Chorley has begun stealing artifacts, apparently as part of a plan to "bring back King Arthur... the one that was totally made up by a bunch of Welsh Nationalists and romantic Frenchmen." Aaronovitch's adeptness at injecting humor into the story outweighs the lessening of suspense that results, and his fans will delight in this outing.
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Another cracking story
Another great story, artfully told. This series keeps on holding your attention from the first to the last page.
I am not at all unhappy with this book. It was a pleasure to read. What I am unhappy about is that I am now done and have to wait who knows how long for the next installment—or something else by the author. Just when I think he had exhausted all possibilities he comes up with another wonderful twist. Thanks for the read!