Rivers of London

Rivers of London

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 25/08/2011
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Rivers of London
Magic in London
I finished this book in one sitting and loved every minute of it. The characters are funny and believable and it would make a wicked TV series as the book ... READ MORE
Tracy from Hull Uni Waterstones
Rivers of London
Not my favourite.
There was plenty about this book that I loved, the plot line, the setting of London, the personification of the rivers, but there were many things that ann... READ MORE
Taran Baker at Milton Keynes Mid Place
Rivers of London
Let the good Thames roll
The reviewers’ code obliges me to state immediately that this book was written by a fellow Waterstonian. No matter that we worked in different branches, an... READ MORE
Henry Coningsby at Watford
Rivers of London
Rivers of London
I thoroughly enjoyed this magical, funny, creative crime novel. Poor Peter starts the novel as a Bobby on the beat, but he soon discovers that the world is... READ MORE
Suzie Robinson
Rivers of London
Urban Fantasy at it's best
I’ve been reading this series of books since they came out as I’ve always been a sucker for urban magic, showing the magical underside of our ordinary worl... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller


The body was gone, the detectives had left and the forensic people unanimously agreed there was nothing more that could be done until dawn – which was three hours away. Until then, they just needed a couple of mugs to guard the crime scene until shift change. Which is how I came to be standing around Covent Garden in a freezing wind at six o’clock in the morning, and why it was me that met the ghost. 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. A former Waterstones’ bookseller, Ben Aaronovitch cut his teeth writing for television including Doctor Who before turning to the inspiration of crime fiction to fashion Rivers of London. Storming the bestseller lists the novel and it’s subsequent sequels delve into the murky underbelly of London as seen through the eyes of magician-detective Peter Grant, throwing in just a dash of magic for good measure. ‘The books deliver a charming, witty and exciting romp through a magical world not all that far from our own, offering a delightfully escapist side-track.’ – The Independent

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9780575097582
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 34 mm

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Rivers of London
Great Urban Fantasy
Peter Grant is a probationary copper in the Met, and he is trying to avoid going to the Case Progression Group, a career path with zero prospects. At a rec... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
Rivers of London
This novel is unique. Never read anything quite like it. Enjoyed it. Marveled at it. Although I most certainly found it very odd. I would recommend it. How... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Rivers of London
Good but confusing
I started off really enjoying this book but then once the plot thickened, I realised that I had no idea what was going on. The magic and the way the way th... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
Rivers of London
rivers of london
I’m going to start by saying the UK cover is a work of art. I spent about five minutes after finishing the book just staring at it and reading the words, l... READ MORE
Ali Gibson
Rivers of London
A riotous romp and a love letter to London!
It has been a while since I dipped my toes into comic fantasy, but this really was a fantastic read. It’s a little rough around the edges, but the signs ar... READ MORE
Leilah at Doncaster
Rivers of London
An ok read, but confusing
I enjoyed reading this book at first, but once I got through the first few chapters, I stopped understanding what was going on. The magic in this book and ... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
Rivers of London
Perfect book! :D
I bought this book and it came quickly. I wasn't expecting much but I opened the first page and was hooked! It is so compelling, unique and excellent overa... READ MORE
Rivers of London
Harry Potter for Adults (& set in London!)
I'm a little late to the party (another four books in the series to read), but this deserves a review. Why? Well, one, it's funny. Not rolling-around-on... READ MORE
Rivers of London
Grippin, fast paced debut fiction.
I picked up this novel whilst it was one of the weekly offers in Waterstones. As I had chosen this book quickly at the tills I didn't really know what the ... READ MORE
Barbie Dunford
Rivers of London
I like it but I'm a nerd
I've heard about this book on the radio, downloaded it an hour later when I got back home and did not stop reading till next morning until I finished it. O... READ MORE
Rivers of London
Nice urban fiction
I liked this book from the start. Too many urban fiction novels make the story much too complicated, & it becomes a pain to follow, not so with Rivers of ... READ MORE
Iain Lindsay
Rivers of London
That's The Way To Do It
So said Mr Punch and I am pretty sure the author was listening intently because he has certainly taken those words to heart. I purchased this book on sa... READ MORE
Marjorie Odonnell
Rivers of London
Murder, magic and mayhem.
Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant novels are fantastic. The main character is witty, flawed and likeable. A clever story of a very special department of the Lo... READ MORE
Rivers of London
A must-read series
There’s a reason why this series has grow into the phenomenon that it is today. In Rivers of London we meet Peter Grant, lowly Met Police Constable, as he’... READ MORE
Katherine Blagden
Rivers of London
Great fun!
Great fun, tongue-in-cheek thriller, with very astute observations of London. I will be reading the remaining books in the series
Catherine Smith
Rivers of London
Great if you love London and its history
This is very well written book, with a very well thought out plot. If you are into the history and places in London then this book may really appeal to yo... READ MORE
Aline Taylor
Rivers of London
An addictive gem
While wandering, as one does, I picked up the most recent in the Rivers of London series and checked with the staff who advised me to start at the beginnin... READ MORE
Antony Hurden
Rivers of London
A chill, entertaining read that doesn't take itself too seriously
If you're after a chill, up-beat magical series I would definitely recommend this book. Whilst the main character is a detective, this is not your classic ... READ MORE
Rivers of London
Incredibly misogynistic
On paper, this looks great, but I'm struggling to get past how misogynistic it is. Every female character is objectified as they are introduced - when an ... READ MORE
Alison Wilson
Rivers of London
A really great magical mystery set in London
I loved this book so much even if it did surprise me a little bit with the fantasy elements as for some reason I didn't expect that from the start of the b... READ MORE
Olivia Pillinger
Rivers of London
PC Grant enters stage left
I’ve been reading this series of books since they came out as I’ve always been a sucker for urban magic, showing the magical underside of our ordinary worl... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller
Rivers of London
TS Eliot would be proud of the resonances
Ben Aaronovitch published Rivers of London several years ago. I glanced at the first few pages at the time but got distracted and didn’t continue with it. ... READ MORE
Colin Edwards
Rivers of London
The first in this excellent series of London based urban fantasies
‘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’ - Peter Grant, narrator of ... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Rivers of London
A very entertaining read.
Rivers Of London is the first book in the Rivers Of London series by best-selling British author, Ben Aaronovitch. Reaching the end of his probationary per... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
Rivers of London
That's the way to do it!
Rivers of London follows PC Peter Grant as he joins a department of the Met, The Folly, that deals with magic and the supernatural. It is run by the older ... READ MORE
G Waskett
Rivers of London
This has been one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. The mix of magical fantasy and real life is amazing. I would even call it an adult version of... READ MORE
Wayne Le Brocq