Fantastic listen - the best new author I have come across in a long time. I just wish you would hurry up and put his next book on audio - I couldn't w..Show More »ait so bought and read the hardback version - and that he will keep writing more of them. Fascinating for his detailed account of modern and historical London, blended with lighthearted spookiness and magic, and a convincing idea of how the Met would deal with magic, not only from the villains, but with the wizard in their ranks.
Its books like this that make me happy to try new authors, the delight you experience when you realise there another one by "that guy who did..." doe..Show More »sn't occur often enough. This is the second Rivers of London novel and its as much fun as the first .
Hopefully Ben Aaronovitch will continue with this series (I suspect there are enough "story arcs" (as American TV writers like to say) left open to work with) as the characters are entertaining and enjoyable.
I hope Kobna Holdbrook Smith continues to narrate as he is now "the voice" for these books in my head.
This is another great volume in the Peter Grant series. Aaronovitch has established a set of likeable three-dimensional characters who inhabit a rich..Show More » urban fantasy world. The central narrative thread of this volume (investigating a crime in the underground) moves along nicely, and the broader narrative arcs of the series are developed. Aaronovitch also does well in tackling some tricky real-world issues such as race and disability without ever seeming to preach. It's good to see Lesley back doing policework.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration is flat-out terrific. There is a broader set of accents for him to contend with here, but each voice emerges as individual and convincing. The central performance of Peter Grant holds the whole thing together - colloquial, self-deprecating, bright and perceptive in many ways, a bit obtuse in others.
Oh, and did I mention how funny the whole thing is in places? In fact, the only problem with this audiobook is the funny looks you get as you walk along apparently chortling to yourself.
Super! Ben Aaronovitch just gets better and better, I have missed Peter Grant with his sarcastic often witty descriptions, analogies, quips etc th..Show More »at never fail to have me laughing to myself, I love the characters, 'The Nightingale', Lesley, Molly and of course how cleverly the magical world is integrated into the very essence of London and it's tributaries. I found this offering a real delight, pure escapism and was glad to see Grant's nemesis 'The Faceless Man' up to no good and always it appears to be a step ahead. It's not all light and fun though and is pretty dark, disturbing even as the story unfolds. Our author also throws a hell of a curve ball that had me flummoxed, but in a good way, wanting the next book out already. Still up there as one of my favourite series to follow.. Not a stand alone best to start with 'Midnight Riot', which is the first in the series, this is book number four.
Along with many other readers, I found the previous instalment in this series a little disappointing, something of a filler. As I hoped, Ben Aaronovit..Show More »ch is back on form with this latest episode in the saga of PC Peter Grant and his dealings with the magical, mythical and fantastical denizens of the demi-monde.
In this book, a long owed favour comes home to roost as the personification of the River Tyburn, Lady Ty, calls in her marker when her daughter is involved in what, initially, appears to be a straightforward drug overdose.
Rapidly however the magical element comes to the fore and the Faceless Man and rogue PC Lesley May enter the story. It would be very easy for this series to slip into predictability - Faceless Man does some mischief, eventually our heroes get close and then he gets away as cleanly as ever. What this author has managed to do is to maintain the viability of the series while moving the story forward and developing the information the police have - as they would in a mundane investigation. With the identity of the Faceless Man finally known, the book builds to a superb and satisfying conclusion while offering plenty of teasers for the next book.
Many familiar character return and some new ones appear keeping the variety that makes this series so enjoyable. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is superb as ever - his narration as Grant is spot on and he manages the wide range of characters with ease.
At the end there is a fascinating interview with both Ben and Kobna (though the interviewer is a little annoying).
One word of warning - if you haven't read/heard the previous books in the series, you will miss much of the joy of this book. Whilst the story can be enjoyed in own right, the depth (and to my mind) pleasure of it comes from the build up of story and knowledge from previous novels in the series.