Series Review – Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London synopsis:

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.


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I adore this series.  It’s hilarious, magical and the perfect blend of fantasy and British policing.  I honestly believe it is a must read for British urban fantasy lovers. I have recently been re-reading them through audio book, and it has been fantastic to spend time back in Aaronovitch’s London – a city he obviously loves so much that it shines off the pages.

My recent review of Rivers of London by audiobook: (I won’t include all the synopses and reviews as they would get spoilery)

I picked up the audio book for this because I love this series and because I was talking to someone about it at the weekend and they’d said how good the narrator was (they were right, he’s fab).

I’d forgotten just how many British-isms, jokes, nerd bits and generally wonderful gems were crammed into this book! 💙 from the language (both slang and swearing) to nods about London to the massively nerdy Peter who fills you with gems on architecture and rivers, this book is a fantasy crime crossover piece of genius.

Peter is a great main character- he just wants to be a proper copper, but he’s easily distracted. Lesley is a little too “female lover interest” near the start for me, but she definitely has her own role and is smart and cool. I love Nightingale and Molly too. Team Folly all the way!

I also love that the crime element still has all the great bits of a police procedural while maintaining the urban fantasy part. It’s properly laid out and mysterious, but the thought process is shown.

Even knowing how it plays out, it is more-ish and hard to put down. I am definitely going to be getting the other books on audio as well, and thoroughly looking forward to re-reading those too.

And on a side note, I love how the music between chapters is jazz – brilliantly done.


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