Published: January 10th 2011
Series: Peter Grant/ Rivers of London
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction
My name is Peter Grant. Until January I was just another probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service, and to everyone else as the Filth. My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - We do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from a man who was dead, but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Chief Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. And that, as they say, is where the story begins.
Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated. I'm dealing with nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden - and that's just routine. There's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious, vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.
The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying. Which, I don't mind telling you, would involve a hell of a lot of paperwork. -Goodreads
This is just going to be a very quick review of this novel, I read it about a month ago, so I don't remember too much about it!!
One thing I do remember however is how much I enjoyed this novel, it was entertaining and very funny, there were some laugh out loud moments!
One of the quotes on the cover likened this novel to Harry Potter, and although I'm normally sceptical of these kind of comparisons, I have to admit that this quote is bang on. The narrator and main character reads like a slightly more grown up Harry. He's as sarcastic and grounded as Harry, and the novel features magic which is a happy coincidence!!
Quite a few reviews on Goodreads said that this novel has been written for TV, and I can see where these reviewers are coming from, it has the perfect mix of British crime drama with comedy, and a bit of magic mixed in! However I disagree that this novel has been written solely for tv, I think it stands securely as a novel in its own right. I do however, wholeheartedly support any petition/push to get this novel made into a tv series!!
I don't know London very well, so location wise I wasn't always sure where the characters were, but I enjoyed the London setting, and I particularly enjoyed the British/London slang that the author had included. I will admit that I didn't get all of it, I guessed some, but it added to the setting of the novel, and to the appeal of the characters!
I also appreciated the diverse range of characters in this novel, depicting the diverse nature of Britain through the ages very well, and with some particularly strong women which I always appreciate!!
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, it was very funny, with the right amount of wit and sarcasm for me! I definitely recommend this novel, and I'm looking forward to picking up the next book soon!!!
Thanks for reading!