Starts slow and a bit confusing but stick with it!
I wasn't sure at first. The first chapter dumps you straight in the middle of an undercover police operation which is about to get chaotic and there i..Show More »s no exposition to help you understand what is going on. But then the magical stuff starts to happen and it turns out the protagonists have no idea what is going on either. I read a review that said if Rivers of London is The Bill, then London Falling is The Sweeney; darker and more violent. Like Ben Aaronovitch's London, it's authentically multi-cultural and all kinds of magic grows from the city's lengthy history and complex mythology. I LIVE for this stuff :)
There's one amazing reveal that is brilliantly handled. Really did not see it coming and it's perfect - I genuinely gasped out loud when I realized.
It's the start of a series and whilst the main storyline is resolved there is lots of setup for the next book(s). From initially thinking it wasn't for me (NB Wolves of London which I really couldn't get on with) I ended up binge listening and getting the sequel straight away to binge listen to that too.
Damian Lynch does a great job; well pace, all the characters clearly differentiated and believable.
I liked the first book so much that I got this straight away and binge listened. The team are still investigating inexplicable crime and trying to und..Show More »erstand how they can fight it. We learn more about each character and what motivates them. They aren't always particularly sympathetic but that's fine too. I really liked the idea of this book's main villain; their motivations and actions are only too believable.
There's a major cameo from a real person. I hadn't been spoiled by knowledge of it and at first the person is just described and I just thought it was just going to be one for the fans but then they take a bigger and utterly unexpected role. I'm glad I didn't know in advance as it certainly added to my pleasure in the book.
Usual caveat - this is the second book in a series. Read the first one first as that is how book series work best (except for Narnia obviously)
Struggling to retain wonder and horror of first book
The first book in the series introduced us to an amazing mix of police work and fantasy horror and while this third book builds on the underlying larg..Show More »er story arc of the smiling man the characters appeared more observers than participants. Narration as ever superb.