When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire, police constable and wizard-in-training Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved.
It's purely routine--Nightingale, Peter's superior, thinks he'll be done in less than a day. But Peter's never been one to walk away from someone in trouble, so when nothing overtly magical turns up he volunteers his services to the local police, who need all the help they can get.
But because the universe likes a joke as much as the next sadistic megalomaniac, Peter soon comes to realize that dark secrets underlie the picturesque fields and villages of the countryside and there might just be work for Britain's most junior wizard after all.
Soon Peter's in a vicious race against time, in a world where the boundaries between reality and fairy have never been less clear....
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 105 x 171 x 22mm | 454g
- 05 Mar 2015
- Daw Books
- United States
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A low-income housing tower gone awry, an old enemy with a bone to pick...and a shocker of an ending--Broken Homes is a delight. --Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times-bestselling author
The prose is witty, the plot clever, and the characters incredibly likeable. --Time Out
This series is a constant joy to read....I've been looking forward all year to find out what happened next, and the book did not disappoint." --Genevieve Cogman, author of acclaimed The Invisible Library
It's witty, fun, and full of vivid characters, and the plot twists will keep even seasoned mystery fans guessing. --Publishers Weekly
"The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter." --io9
This book is, at its heart, a police procedural with an overlay of urban fantasy elements. The voice is persuasive and funny as all get-out, and the reader is engaged with the narrative from the very first page. Aaronovitch has written a diverse cast of characters who all feel like real people with their own specific motivations. This book is simply wonderful. --RT Reviews (top pick)
The most satisfying fantasy thriller to hit bookshelves in quite some time. --SFX Magazine
The most entertaining book that I have read in such a long time.... It's very funny, it's very clever, it's very nicely written.... It's such a treat. --Nancy Pearl
Aaronovitch makes the story sing, building momentum until the ending is literally breathless." --SF Revu
Aaronovitch has a very witty, casual voice, with a tendency toward sarcasm and humor, which is threaded throughout Broken Homes. And a few crazy plot twists will devastate and delight fans in equal measure. --RT Reviews
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