Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch – A Review

Rich introduced me to this series, it follows the adventures of Peter Grant, a young officer in the Metropolitan Police; who, following an unexpected encounter with a ghost, is recruited into the small branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural.

The series includes seven books and one novella and I can honestly say I loved them all. The first two set the stage for a great storyline full of interesting characters, a high-paced plot and oh yeah – magic!

The series follows probationary officer Peter Grant and his boss Thomas Nightingale, who investigate crimes involving magic. Young and native Peter is thrown into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback in the city.

These books are both dark yet quippy. The characters are honest but imperfect and relatable. The story telling throughout is fantastic and keeps you on the edge of your sit throughout all eight books. There are more twists and turns than any other series I’ve read recently, every time I think I know what’s happening something else happens or a new character is introduced.

It’s hard to give an honest review and reactions without giving away spoilers, especially considering how intertwined the storylines and cases are throughout the series. 

Bottom line, if you like supernatural and magic books, you’ll love this series without a doubt. Even if you just like crime and ‘who done it’ books, give this one a try because at the heart of the series is a good old-fashioned investigation. 

In case you’re wondering, here’s the correct order to read the series:

1. Rivers of London

2. Moon Over Soho

3. Whispers Under Ground

4. Broken Homes

5. Foxglove Summer

5.5 The Furthest Station (novella)

6. The Hanging Tree

7. Lies Sleeping


*Update: Book 7.5 ‘The October Man’ is set to be released in 2019. 

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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