My boyfriend had the first book borrowed from the library at his work for AGES and said he’d think he’d like the series, so of course I bought the entire series ^^; I read the first one and really liked it!
Title: Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1)
Author: Ben Aaronvitch
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Summary: Peter Grant works with London’s Metropolitan Police and he dreams of being a detective. Too bad for him, he gets assigned to the Case Progression Unit, where nothing happens, basically. That is, until he suddenly gets close to a murder, and finds an eyewitness. The only problem is that the witness is a ghost, and technically, they don’t exist.. right? Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale investigates the murders around magic, and Peter finds out that ghosts are the least weird thing in London.
This book was a nice read, in the beginning, it seemed normal, just someone working with the Police, wanting to be a detective, nothing wrong with that. When the ghost appeared, I thought it was going to be a book about ghosts. When the story unraveled further, I got more and more interested in everything that was happening – and more was happening every time.
Peter Grant seemed like an actual “normal” main character to me.. Not that there’s anything bad with anything else, but he was just a guy, wanting a certain job, and then found out he could talk to ghosts, and had magic that he was getting taught. Some things really took him some time to learn, which was nice because it wasn’t the regular “Oh I’ve found out I can do magic and suddenly I can do almost everything”. He got into problems, of course he did, and managed his way out of them (sometimes).
Lesley was his colleague, whom he kind-of-fancied, but who was a great friend too. She believed him and his magic, but didn’t think anything weird of it. She was nice, and it was great that they didn’t fall in love within the first three chapters (I’ll give no spoilers for the rest of the book).
Thomas Nightingale was a bit weird, but a good kind of weird. He taught Peter the magic, and helped him. He didn’t have a lot of story in this book, but who knows what’ll happen in the books to come – it seems like Peter has a lot more magic to learn.
The various mythical creatures -like the water gods- are written really well, and it made the book a lot more diverse. I loved how those creatures were set up in the book, and how they managed around London. The magic around London wasn’t all that visible, but to the reader, it was. I liked how it was like ancient magic set in modern day, and not a complete new world with new terms, races, and everything that comes with. The references to other (modern day) books/series are also very much there, which was great.
This book also has quite a bit of the dry British humor, and slang, too. I must say, I did come across words that I absolutely had no idea what they meant, but it was great because 1. I knew it was really set in London, and not just some simplified version of London and 2. I learned new words.
Overall I really liked the book and I would consider this an easy read, because it wasn’t too difficult to learn everything magic because it isn’t a whole new world as mentioned before. Sometimes, that’s really nice to read about. I will definitely be continuing the series!
Did you read this book? What did you think?
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