Rivers of London

Rivers of London : The First Rivers of London novel

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'Ben Aaronovitch's masterfully crafted world of magic, ghosts and gruesome crimes gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money' The Sun

'Great, great fun' Simon Mayo, Radio 2

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 voluble, 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 300g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575097582
  • 9780575097582
  • 315

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Rivers of London manages to be fresh and original and a wonderful read. I loved it Charlaine Harris
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A darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like * The Sunday Express * Funny and wildly inventive * Mail on Sunday * Masterfully crafted . . . gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money * The Sun * Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there even more than the real London * Nick Frost * Charming, witty, exciting * Independent * An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups * The Times * What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. A hilarious, keenly imagined caper * Diana Gabaldon * A consummate story of real policing in a vividly real world intersecting the decidedly unreal to marvellous effect. Filled with detail and imagination, the quality of this achievement stands out, making Aaronovitch a name to watch * Peter F. Hamilton * Magical, mysterious and mesmerising, Rivers of London will have you spellbound * Total Sci Fi * An engaging mix of magic and police procedural, this is a great kick off to a very promising series as well as the most satisfying fantasy thriller to hit bookshelves in quite some time. Witty, imaginative and gripping * SFX * We can't fault the pace, ingenuity and creativity of Rivers of London. With each page, we're eager to learn more about this mysterious new world, set on very familiar streets * Londonist.com * The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter * i09 * Great, great fun * Simon Mayo, Radio 2 * It's a real treat - Hot Fuzz meets Harry Potter via hardboiled police procedural - with a compelling cast of characters and a nail-biting mystery to be solved * Living North * Rivers of London manages to be fresh and original and a wonderful read. I loved it * Charlaine Harris *
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About Ben Aaronovitch

Before becoming a bestselling author, Ben Aaronovitch was a screenwriter for Doctor Who and a bookseller at Waterstones. He now writes full time, and every book in his Rivers of London series has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. He is published in 14 languages and has sold more than 2 million copies around the world. Aaronovitch is also a trustee on the board of Cityread London and is a long-time supporter of Nigeria's premiere arts and cultural festival, The Ake Festival. He still lives in London, the city he likes to refer to as 'the capital of the world'.
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Rating details

111,084 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 29% (32,645)
4 40% (44,091)
3 21% (23,531)
2 6% (7,049)
1 3% (3,768)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
by Fernanda Almeida
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.show more
by sean dewar
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?show more
by lewiscarol
My Opinion: 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.show more
by Lia
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