- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 280g
- Publication date: 1 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575097582
- ISBN 13: 9780575097582
- Sales rank: 1,972
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.
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Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the 'Capital of the World'. He works as a bookseller when he is not writing novels and TV scripts.
By Fernanda Almeida 21 Aug 2013
Peter Grant is one of a kind: fun, misterious, a deep character and a joyfull narator. I bought this book in blind recomendations, and I enjoyed it from the first page to the last one!
By sean dewar 11 Jun 2013
I decided to read this story after I had a pair of friends telling me how awesome this book was. I avoided reading this book for a while, not because it was something I wasn't interested in, but because I already had enough on my never-ending reading list, as well as my uni work getting in the way. Seeing as it is the summer now, and I can read whatever I please, so i decided to pick this little ditty out of the local library.
Overall, this was an absolutely fun read. It was honestly a perfect read for me - it had plenty of fantasy elements within it, but it wasn't bogged down in swords and sorcery. This book is more of an Urban Fantasy/Magical Realist read, so I absolutely recommend to anyone who is trying to get into fantasy, but doesn't want to start off with the sort of semi-historical high fantasy of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin.
By lewiscarol 23 Jan 2013
I was a bit hesitant at first. By chapter three the characters had unfolded and become interesting voices.
Being a Londoner, an historian, and a frequenter of the Thames and its waterways, I found Aaronovitch's storytelling witty, appealing and... weirdly... plausible!
Nonsense, of course, but I loved it enough to buy the next two books.
Now i am familiar with the characters...they are totally nuts on reflection...but very moreish.
Bring on the next book Mr Aaronovitch...in time for my summer holiday please?
By Lia 25 Nov 2012
The cover looks very beautiful, a map of london is made with little drawings and words. I like it. The title sounds interesting.
Peter Grant narrates the story. He started an education at the police and then he was confronted with magic and learned about it. You can easy follow his thoughts. He often talks and acts with his past working partner Leslie.
The content is good, but nothing very special. I had already read urban fantasy like "The City of -Series". Ben's writing style was acceptable, but sometimes some things were too long described, so it was sometimes boring.
I think the book is a good one, but I won't buy the following books Moons over Soho and Whispering Underground, maybe I will take them from the library.