Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

imageAlso published under the title Midnight Riot, this is the first in a series following Peter Grant, newly qualified police constable with the London Met and apprentice wizard. The best way to describe this book is Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter.

Newly qualified police constable Peter Grant dreams of becoming a detective in the London Metropolitan Police. His superiors have other ideas. He looks set for a career in the Case Progression Unit where the biggest threat he is likely to face is a paper cut. A chance encounter with a ghost however will change his life forever as he discovers that magic is real, and becomes an apprentice wizard within a special branch of the London Met. Now he must save London from a serial killer who appears to have magical assistance.

While I enjoyed this book from the start I found it slightly slow in the beginning. The first half of the book is basically spent introducing us to the characters. The reason of course is as the first in a series the author is playing a long term game. Unlike a standalone novel where the author has a limited time to convey as much as possible of the story, as the first in a series this book is really laying the groundwork for the rest of the series, providing us with the background information we will need later on. However from about the half way point it really got its hooks into me, to the point that I stayed up until 3am to finish it (just as well it’s the Christmas Holidays). Enjoyable and not too taxing it was the perfect Christmas read. I’ll definitely be reading more of this series.

Rating: 4/5


11 thoughts on “Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

  1. Wow, I almost left the store with this tonight (under the Midnight Riot title) . . . so your review is well timed for me!
    Thank you, and thank you for visiting Every Known Distraction. 🙂


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