This book took me far too long to read but I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read some of the others in the series!
I’d heard about the novel “Rivers of London” a few years ago now, and everyone was recommending it and saying how great it was. But no matter how many times I read the blurb I couldn’t quite convince myself to pick it up.
Anyway, last year while I was in WH Smith, I found it in the clearance section for £2 and thought “what the hell” and it then sat on my shelf for almost a year. Then my good blogging friend decided to pick this book for her book club and it was the excuse I needed to pick it up!
My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). 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 someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.
Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: 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 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.
Loads of people have described this book as kind of Harry Potter like, and I suppose in some ways it is… But I thought Harry Potter was better! Anyway, from the first chapter of this book I was gripped! It was such a change from the usual romance/chicklit stuff that I usually read but I loved it. It did require quite a lot of concentration at times and I was slightly disappointed at how flipping long some of the chapters were but at the end of the day I loved it. So much so that once the end was in sight I couldn’t put it down and finished the last 3 chapters in one sitting.
I definitely think I’d like to read the other books in this series at some point in the future 🙂
Have you ever read “Rivers of London”? What did you think of it?