Music notes rising from a body? A scientific way of explaining magic? It must be a Peter Grant novel. Peter, or to give him his proper title, Detective Constable Peter Grant is Britain’s first apprentice wizard in fifty years. In this novel, Peter comes across an corpse who died at the hands of something supernatural. Peter soon identifies a pattern and the trail leads him right back to his father.
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
In Broken Homes we have a series of deaths that seem like isolated cases, except PC Peter Grant recognises the signature vestigia of the warped magician, the Faceless Man. All clues lead to a mysterious housing estate so Peter, Lesley and Toby head off to investigate. Peter is a complex character who needs to understand the scientific principles behind magic. He’s still conducting experiments and still struggling to master magic. I appreciate this touch of realism as many other novels have their protagonists having extraordinary skills. People fascinate Peter and he builds a rapport with all manner of folk. […]
Rivers of London is an extra special urban fantasy tale of Probationary Constable Peter Grant. It’s so special it even has two titles to cater for both the USA and UK markets – I’ve listed both names and ISBNs. Ben Aaronovitch clearly has affection for London and it is lovingly recreated, albeit with a dash of magic. Peter unfortunately has been drafted into the Case Progression Unit which is a branch that help the police fill out paperwork. The only thing he is likely to die from is boredom. His career takes a 90 degree turn however when he […]