Ben Aaronovitch’s RIVERS OF LONDON

9780575097582I’d been meaning to get to this series all of 2014. After being totally amazed by both The Girl With All The Gifts and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August I asked the person the Australian publisher who had recommended them both what I could checkout next. And this was the series they said. So having failed to get around to it in 2014 I thought I’d kick off with book one first up in 2015.

I think part of the reason I kept putting off the series was the quote from Diana Gabaldon that the series was like “if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz”. Not because I have anything against a Diana Gabaldon quote (I am loving Outlander, can’t wait for Part 2 of Season 1 and now know why early in my bookselling career so many people kept asking for the next book in the series!). The reason I think I delayed was because I already had my “Harry Potter for Grown Ups” obsession in 2014; The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman. So two in one year didn’t feel right. So again, new year, new obsession. And I am definitely obsessed with this series.

To sum the book up it is a British police procedural full of wicked humour and a big dollop of magic. Peter Grant is a freshly minted police constable in the London Metropolitan Police Service. He’s hoping against hope he gets assigned somewhere glamorous and not given a boring desk job. When he attends a brutal murder scene and takes a witness statement from what turns out to be a ghost his concerns about a boring assignment are completely forgotten. Instead Peter is introduced to London’s underworld. No, not the underworld of gangs, drugs and crime but the underworld of wizards, vampires, nymphs and river gods. And things are not on the up and up in this under world. On top of territory disputes there are other tensions bubbling to the surface. Tensions that threaten to burst onto the streets of London in a full-scale riot. Peter must navigate through his new circumstances learning not only the craft of magic but careful diplomacy at the same time as tracking down a spirit which appears to be at the heart of all the violence and trouble that is slowly flooding the streets.

I am well hooked on this series and cannot wait to get into the rest of the books. The humour is that pitch perfect British variety that combines the sardonic with surreal in perfect balance and the blend of London history, real and magical makes for truly entertaining reading.

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ISBN: 9780575097582
ISBN-10: 0575097582
Classification: Fantasy
Format: Paperback (197mm x 131mm x 29mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Gollancz
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

3 thoughts on “Ben Aaronovitch’s RIVERS OF LONDON

  1. Hi.. a little intrigued by this review. a Couple of questions – if I don’t totally get the British humour how will it go as a read? Is it like anything else you’ve read? Thanks
    Happy reading

    1. Hmmm, good question. It is the black, self-deprecating kind of British humour and it did take me a couple of chapters to get it. The main character reminded me a little bit of Martin Freeman (although looks nothing like him!) Author is also a writer for Doctor Who if that helps.

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