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A WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anA WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world.At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well.From the Paperback edition....

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Whispers Under Ground Reviews

  • Nataliya
    2019-03-01 02:23

    "Was it better to die in happy ignorance or terrified knowledge? The answer, if you’re a Londoner, is that it’s better not to die at all."This series does what most urban fantasies avoid¹ - it seamlessly integrates the 'urban' and the 'fantastical' parts, creating a lovely well-crafted enjoyable reading experience that remains grounded in reality, with just the right touch of whimsy to keep it moving along, *nothing to see here*. (Don't you just loooove my pathetic attempts at police humor? Wait until I come up with some cops/donuts jokes, really!)¹ When I think of my favorite magic-meets-real-world stories, the overpowering focus is always on the magical bits - after all, isn't that what makes them exciting? The books I'm thinking about include the Dresden books, Gaiman's Neverwhere, all the Harry Potter books (by the way, one of the covers for this book includes the blurb of it being a blend of CSI and Harry Potter, cue the eyeroll from me), and even the much-disliked by me Miéville's Kraken. * Unlike the abovementioned trend (and maybe it's the fault of my way of selecting my pleasure reads, after all), Whispers Underground is first and foremost very much a police procedural that just happens to intersect with the slightly more unusual aspects of London life (the ones that include river goddesses, goblins and occasionally strange creatures equipped with vagina dentata, no less). It gave me “the eye”— the fearsome gaze that sheepdogs use to keep their charges in line. But I gave it “the look”— the stare that policemen use to keep members of the public in a state of randomized guilt.But with the exception of employing Peter Grant of the Folly (the London-based magical crime squad that as of this book has been expanded to full *THREE* members!), the police approach to investigating a suspicious murder of a young American university student in the depths of London Underground has very little of magical wand-waving and very much of old-fashioned suspect-questioning, report-writing, and the down-and-dirty (in this book, pretty much literally) exploration of the less savory part of the city, including but not limited to London sewers. (Yes, this book gives you quite a literal look at what you can refer to as London's underbelly. Experience comes complete with the description of the feces-tinged smell as a side bonus).*The aforementioned London sewers. Actually, they look rather cool, don't they?You know, far from magic-be-all approach, it presents policing as actual work, firmly grounded in the real-world policing techniques and approaches. And I love it.In all honesty, magic itself in this series is actually quite *grounded* as well - very rational and scientific from what we've seen so far, which is reflected in the frequent comparisons that Peter Grant draws between it and science:"So just chalk it up to pixie dust or quantum entanglement, which was the same thing as pixie dust except with the word “quantum” in it.""Low sample size— one of the reasons why magic and science are hard to reconcile."In the same vein, Peter Grant is first and foremost a twenty-something London policeman and a guy well-versed in popular culture with its niches for nerdiness-loving souls, and only secondarily an apprentice wizard with propensity for treating magic as a branch of science that ought to be experimented with (to the utmost chagrin of his old-fashioned master mentor) and with a still very steep learning curve ahead of him."Now, you could literally fill two whole libraries, complete with card files, reference sections, and a brass ladder thing that whooshes around on rails with everything I don’t know about magic."I've talked a lot about my eternal love for Peter Grant and his nerdy dorky brand of dry and frequently self-deprecating humor that shines on every single page of this book and, believe it or not, never feels out of place. And I will say it again - it is the hilarious and smart narrative voice that makes these books truly shine. "That was Seawoll," she said. "Stephanopoulos is on her way down and you’re not to do anything stupid until she gets here."You burn down one central London tourist attraction, I thought, and they never let you forget it.Let me give you some examples of the humor that made me laugh out loud in the hospital cafeteria while I was stealing a few precious minutes to read while stocking up on the life-saving caffeinated drinks to sustain my brain through the endless hospital shift hours (and these sudden outbursts of giggles probably caused a fair share of confused looks from some of my patients who were momentarily distracted from responding to their substance-fueled internal stimuli by my sheer joy).Just like its predecessors, this book boasts some exquisitely politically correct humor (forget about 'black magicians' - they are, to a mixed-race Peter, simply "ethically challenged") and then in true European fashion some humor that that is painfully not politically correct ("My dad was a fairy,” said [a character]. “And by that I don’t mean he dressed well and enjoyed musical theatre.”)There is obligatory irreverent homage to the books that helped inspire it and the dorky nerdy culture in which Peter Grant thrives, illustrated in this alcohol-fueled exchange between Peter and his raised-on-Sophie-Kinsella-books and (supposedly) not well-versed in the Dungeons and Drangons rules co-apprentice Lesley:"You’re so boring," she said. "You’d think a copper who was a wizard would be more interesting. Harry Potter wasn’t this boring. I bet Gandalf could drink you under the table."Probably true, but I don’t remember the bit where Hermione gets so wicked drunk that Harry has to pull the broomstick over on Buckingham Palace Road just so she can be sick in the gutter.As any book featuring wizarding apprentices, this one, of course, cannot be complete without featuring our heroes' magical mentors - I mean, how can one do without one? You know the types - the grey-haired bearded wizened sages (think your average Gandalf and Dumbledore here) that give all kinds of wisdom-infused life-saving advice. Like this, coming from Peter's mentor Nightingale:"This should give you some protection from a fireball while you stage a tactical withdrawal." By which he meant run like fuck.---“Nightingale turned up,” she said. “He was hoping to shout at you a bit to show his affection in a gruff manly and safely nongay way but you were asleep so he just sort of milled around for a while and then off he went.” There is cultural awareness here, which helps us, the non-British folk, learn things about, well, the British folk. And while we're at it, about the British folk that comprises Britain's police force. Which, I think, differs quite a bit from the image we are fed by the shows like CSI and stuff, complete with the gun-wielding determined and grim dudes and dudettes wearing cool clothes and flashing their badges in a very professional way."Me and Lesley, being both English and police, managed to avoid any outward sign of the massive sense of relief we felt."--"Leave the police alone in a room for five minutes and we start looking in drawers, locked or otherwise. It's a terrible habit."And one of my favorites, regarding the difference between the "official police speak" and the normal way of expressing things (and I'm not stranger myself to using big words to convey a simple thing in my profession):Thus, “We did a joint evaluation of video evidence encompassing all possible access points in conjunction with BTP and CLP, and despite widening the parameters of our assessment to include registered and nonregistered cameras in the high probability zones, we have as yet to achieve a positive identification of James Gallagher prior to his appearance at Baker Street” becomes: “We’ve checked every CCTV camera in the system and it’s as if the fucker beamed down from the Starship Enterprise.”Funny aside, this book had a few quite touching (although, thankfully, never sappy) moments between Peter and Lesley - the moments underscoring the old sincere friendship that the two used to share and that they seem to be restoring as they both become more used to the damage Lesley sustained over the course of the first book in the series. I cherished these moments of banter and bonding and some (almost unexpected for not always mature Peter) moments of touching adult sadness:"It wasn’t until I looked away that I realized I’d read her expression off her bare face without reacting to what her face had become."All in all, this series is very much worth picking up. It will not be a life-changing experience, but it will provide a few hours of happily chuckling at the well-written humorous narrative - and sometimes that is all you need. 4 stars and impatient foot-tapping in the wait for the next book in the series.-------“You find out that magic and spirits and ghosts are all real,” she said. “And you’re just fine with that? You just accept it?” “It helps that I’ve got a scientific brain,” I said. “How can that possibly help?” “I met a ghost face-to-face,” I said with more calmness than I’d felt at the time. “It would have been stupid to pretend it didn’t exist.”------In a bit of shameless self-promotion - for those of you who for whatever reason care about my ramblings about the first two books in the Peter Grant series, my reviews of them are here and here.My review of the fourth book, Broken Homes, is here.

  • Carol.
    2019-02-27 02:05

    Well, I was going to work on my paper today. But then this arrived in the mail, hardcover & signed, direct from London. How could I resist? Within pages I was chuckling aloud, but also relishing the developing feeling of danger.I can tell you now what will happen. Someday, I'm going to plan a trip to London, and like a complete book nerd, I will attempt to trace down the steps Peter Grant takes in solving these cases. Yes, the books are that good, and the only things hindering my complete understanding are a lack of fluency in Englishisms and knowledge of London geography. Besides, this is the third UF book I've read that has the London sewers as a significant location; I'd rather like to get a sense of what its about.Once again, Aaronovich blends police procedural, magic and humor with delicious results. He achieves a clever, wry tone that acknowledges foolishness, injustice, and irony, and still manages to laugh. Within pages, I was chuckling. Never fear, however, that one-liners override thoughtful characterization and an interesting mystery. There's a little less magical exploration in this one, and a little more emphasis on the mystery. Leslie starts coming out of her self-imposed exile to play co-detective. More review when I get to re-reading. Meanwhile, some nice little lines:"But that meant that in the event of a work-related call Molly would answer the phone downstairs and then inform me by silently standing in my bedroom doorways until I woke up out of sheer creepiness.""Rising out of the lights was the three-metre statue of Sherlock Holmes complete with deerstalker and hash pipe--there to oversee our detective work and ensure that it was held to the highest fictional standards.""'If you have to walk the tracks with the juice on then you stay off the sleepers. they're slippery. You slip, you fall, you put your hands out and zap.''Zap,' I said. 'That's the technical term for it, is it? What do you call someone who's been zapped?''Mr. Crispy,' said Kumar."Cross posted at

  • Carol.
    2019-03-04 00:03

    My review of the storyThoughts for the audio version narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith:Brilliant. There's nothing more I can say. I wanted to sit and binge-listen, but was afraid my muscles would atrophy during the hours it would take to listen at normal speed. In the third book, Leslie's voice is more intelligible, presumably the result of her surgeries. Voicing of Zach the half-fae had me laughing. Thanks to Dr. Walid, I'm pretty sure I could do a Scottish brogue if I tried. The voicing of the American, Reynolds, seemed a bit off to me, not sure if that was a character issue or a voicing issue. Peter's internal asides were nicely voiced, giving me better appreciation perhaps even than reading. There's something about the writing that seems lacking in the punctuation that would help determine the pauses and asides, and Holdbrook-Smith's reading brings out the inflection the words need. Nightingale's voice comes into its own here.I will note one thing about listening to the series as an American. There's a fair amount of British slang and, coupled with unfamiliar localities and magical terms, means I occasionally lose a word or two. Reading during the audio helped clear a couple of items up, including when Zach called the team "the bloody Issacs."It was almost as if Aaronvitch wrote with Holdbrook-Smith's reading in mind. Such an excellent fusion of talents. I had to make myself stop and catch up on some of my other reading, because I was ready to continue the series full-speed (and because I thought my acquired accent was sounding a little strange). Also bought to re-listen to on a road trip, because it's just that good (and face it: northern Illinois is just that boring).Rating: all the stars Re-listened October 2016

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-03-21 00:24

    Onvan : Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3) - Nevisande : Ben Aaronovitch - ISBN : 575097647 - ISBN13 : 9780575097643 - Dar 418 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

  • Philip
    2019-02-26 21:20

    3.5ish stars.Another solid entry in a very enjoyable UF series. It's always a pleasure to spend some time with Peter Grant and company. Some things I particularly like about this book:- Leslie is back! And I love that her... condition... really isn't a huge deal. It wasn't used to turn her into a tragic victim, but it also wasn't glossed over and essentially "fixed" overnight. Cool to see her growing as a practitioner as well.- There are always several great new characters with each installment, this one including Zach Palmer, Sergeant Kumar, Agent Reynolds and Abigail who it appears we'll see more of...- The magical world is slowly but surely expanding.- Aaronovitch knows how to tickle my funny bone. This is my kind of humor- wry, ironic, clever. There are some wonderful one-liners.- Kobna Holdbrook-Smith delivers as always as the audiobook performer. He is Peter Grant. I can't help but feel like Aaronovitch writes specifically for Holdbrook-Smith to narrate. The only issue I have is with Agent Reynolds's American accent, but I can only assume it's as difficult for an Englishman to put on an American accent as it is for me to attempt an English one.I wish there was a little bit more magical exploration on Peter's part and I'm still missing Beverley and hope she returns at some point. :'(Also this was my 50th book this year thus fulfilling my annual goal!

  • Lois Bujold
    2019-03-19 05:12

    The advantage of being a semiretired adult is that there is nobody around who can force one to stop reading and go to sleep. The disadvantage of same is the four hours of daylight left that one confronts when crawling out of bed the next afternoon...This series, surer now perhaps of its survival to the end of the broadcast season, seems to be settling in for a good run. More lavish invention with Peter, Lesley, Thomas, the Folly, and of course London. I am happy with this; not for me the readerly demand, so crazy-making to series writers, of "Each one better than all the others!"There is a, hm, rhythm, spotted especially in Japanese animation series, where about 5 or 6 episodes along the forward momentum of the plot arcs pause to fill in assorted characters' backstories. This works well for character-centered tales, since such mysteries-of-persons, as contrasted with mysteries-of-plot, are just as interesting if not more so when read backwards as forwards. Which is to say, I would sit still for any amount of backstory about Detective Inspector Nightingale, who has, after all, had time to accumulate a large supply. Although the little squibs doled out in this volume were lovely.Such as the throw-away remarks about Nightingale's adventures chasing German archeologists in Tibet in 1938. I don't expect that one to go anywhere, necessarily, although it did give me a flashback, on more than one level, to a line in another book altogether, Edward Gorey's little classic The Unstrung Harp: "Even the voice of the omniscient author can hardly afford to interject a seemingly pointless anecdote concerning Ladderback in Tibet when the other characters are feverishly engaged in wondering whether to have the pond at Disshiver Cottage dragged or not."There is an intrinsic problem with maintaining suspense about the main viewpoint character being, say, buried alive, or undergoing any other peril, when the book is written in first person past tense. Just sayin'. (This does not apply, of course, to any other character in the tale undergoing peril.) Nevertheless, "how will he?" can be as interesting a question as "will he?", if handled properly.I am pleased with what the author is doing so far with the character of Lesley. The back cover blurb was most misleading about the guest-star FBI agent; she ended up more of a card that is palmed for later than a major actor or obstruction in this present plot. This would have worked fine if I'd encountered her just as the author presented her, without the unneeded misconceptions. But that's not the book's fault.I was also pleased to find out that the next one is in the pipeline: to June, then.Ta, L.

  • Lyn
    2019-03-27 03:18

    The train kept a rollin’.And by that I mean the binge reading of Ben Aaronovitch’s PETERGRANTAPALOOZA!Aaronovitch’s 2012 entry into the smoothest UF series since EVER, and the third in the series, may be the best one yet. It’s like if Ben and Neil Gaiman and Tana French sat down over a pint or three and hammered out what is best in life, and no Cohen it’s not “to crush enemy, see him driven before you and to hear the lamentation of the vemen” – it’s to know that this book is only one in a series of HAVEATYOU and there’s more to read. AND, we get some Pratchett references so, there's that.This episode finds our minimalistic fantasy crew tracking down the killer of a murdered American in the London underground and yes I mean the sewers. One of the many cool as a sea cucumber elements of this UF series is the overwhelming, and charmingly so, evidence of the writer’s love of his city. Each book has been something of a romance with his digs and it shows most of all here, with Grant and Leslie investigating the underground art world of London.Maybe best of all, the author continues to expand his urban magic world building. The reader is introduced to more magic and more mysterious characters and the “Faceless Man” continues to elude and entice. Like Batman Begins is to 1997’s Schumacher glam schlock fest Batman and Robin, Aaronovitch’s key to success is that he leans more towards the magic realism side of the genre and leaves the rainbow unicorns for Disney.I’m like a fat kid in the fast food drive thru line, gimme more! Super size it!

  • Bradley
    2019-03-27 00:31

    I've mentioned how these books go down as smooth as jazz, and there's a lot of honesty in it, although the jazz bits are downplayed almost entirely in this book in favor of a little traditional artistic murder.Not that art is being murdered, though that certainly might be the case, or that the artists might be doing the murdering, which also might be the case, or that the murder was done in such a way as to be considered artistic, which is certainly not the case.But above all, this is a fantastic police procedural with wonderful characters dealing with everyday life on the force, of working around disabilities every day on the job (poor Lesley with her missing face), of being "proper" police with very droll humor, of catching the bad guys.The magic is just integrated matter-of-fact. Peter's a wizard on the force. Lesley has begun to learn magic, too, but she has a bit more of a drive, I think, with her whole missing face bit. As for the magic bits, they're really rather understated and made smooth and delightful. Magical races are just a part of London and it's really all about building relationships and contacts and informants. This IS, after all, a police procedural. :)The story is a lot of what you might expect out of one, too, with lots of talking and footwork, but I think what I enjoyed most about the book is the nerdy humor. Our copper Peter Grant loves his Cthulhu RPG, his LoTR, and his sophisticated puking Hermione jokes. :) These aren't a flashy UF. They're solid and deeply grounded in normal London life. It's very smooth and enjoyable. :) As they say, the devil is in the details, and that's where this shines. :)

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-18 04:08

    The discovery of the body of an American student at Baker Street tube station leads Peter Grant, apprentice Wizard on the hunt for a rogue magician both above and below ground. I love these books for their sense of magic as well as their sense of humour. The author keeps coming up with new characters and new magic in the streets of London and it is all very entertaining. Peter and his off-sider Lesley are joined by a FBI agent for this one so it's fun to watch her be initiated into their world.

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-20 21:23

    This is the third book in the series and either they keep getting better or the characters are growing on me the more I read. Or maybe both. Certainly this book was very funny, laugh aloud funny actually usually due to the main character's dry comments about anything and everything. I always love a book set in London especially when it includes lots of facts (and fictions too) about old London. Well this story includes some bits about a very old London indeed so I was well satisfied. I have been listening to this series on audio and the presentation has been so good I intend to search out the next audiobook and start reading it straight away:)

  • Orient
    2019-02-26 04:19

    Imagine: You’re in the underground tunnel. You hear whispers. There is somebody lurking in the shadows...The creature gets nearer and nearer and at last you hear….Hello. It’s me :) just me...That’s the way I feel about this book. The places were so proper and so awesome almost all the way through the book, but I lacked something gripping, suspenseful or more spooky. I longed for more magic.We have a spooky underground even with and strange and some kind of dangerous people, silently lurking in the darkIt’s just a perfect place and atmosphere for a good spooky ride but I didn’t feel it. There was much going on and maybe this weakened the story. I continued to enjoy the exploring of the magical and interesting world under London. Also I loved the funny scenes when Zach visits The Folly and that Lesley did more stuff and revealed more of her character. Peter is still funny and he acts just like a normal guy, just with enchantment. I felt that he became more confident and not so dependable. Though I didn’t get much of Peter’s training as a wizard or the exciting cat-and-mouse play with the faceless enemy. Actually I thought that this book will continue the eye-to-eye chase, but it didn’t. Also I longed for more Molly and more Nightingale doing crazy, magical and gripping stuff. But maybe it’s just Mr. Aaronovitch plan to expand the Peter Grant series and leave these things for the future books. All the untasty stuff didn’t weaken my interest to Peter Grant. So, book No. 4, here I come!

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-11 22:23

    As I sit here considering this book there's a part of me that wonders why I'm not more taken, more enthusiastic about this series. I can recommend it. It's a good series filled with good writing. I like the understated humor. I like the interaction with the world Aaronovitch has created and it denizens. Somehow with all that I'm always, at best mildly enthusiastic about them. I read the first back when it came out in one of those reader copies with "NOT TO BE SOLD" written all over it. I liked it but it still took me years to pick the next 2 up. Reading this one I found that when I laid it aside I'd just not get back to it. I wasn't "dying" to finish the book.In contrast when a new Jim Butcher Dresden books hits the stands I usually finish it in one sitting. I've been known to sit up to the "wee hours" with one of those.Somehow in spite of all the pluses in these books I never move beyond mildly involved.That said, as I mentioned before these are excellent books and I know that some readers devour them as I do the Dresden books. I can only account for it as a matter of taste.Here we slide into the magical world connection with the case in a slightly oblique way when the body of a young man is found. The "Underground" of London is a huge factor here and we're going to get a tour of both the mundane and also the more unusual sides of said underground. Of course the rest of the police are not thrilled when they discover that the "odd squad" has to take part of in the investigation...common reaction. Things also get a little more complicated when it's discovered that the victim is an American, the son of a Senator. Because of this an FBI agent arrives to noted this is a well done book and I can heartily endorse it. While I've come to the conclusion that Mr. Aaronovitch will never be my favorite writer I do like his work. I'll probably regard his work as something I can go to when I'm simply looking for "a book to read". Others of you will I'm sure find him your all time favorite writer. I can tell he's that good.As noted, I guess it's just a matter of taste.Recommended, enjoy.

  • Paul
    2019-02-26 23:07

    I'm really enjoying this series and it really shouldn't come as a surprise as they're a geek's dream come true; at times it feels like there are more geek culture references than there is plot.These books are also really funny, which took me slightly by surprise as nobody had mentioned they were funny in all the various reviews I read before starting the series. I think they'd really appeal to fans of Douglas Adams, Tom Holt or Terry Pratchett.To be honest, I keep almost giving them a five star rating but each book has something about it that stops me from giving it full marks. With this third installment it's that the plot seemed to lack cohesion and pacing. The action beats fall in what seemed to me to be slightly odd places.Other than that, though, I'm loving these books and am looking forward to starting book four later today.

  • Catie
    2019-03-04 21:20

    Oh, these books are just so much fun. I doubt I will ever stop reading them. The mysteries confuse me (and are mostly forgettable), I still don’t really understand how the magic works (and neither does the main character), and I really have no idea where this is all going. But I enjoy every minute of these books and most of all, this character.What a witty, likable, self-deprecating, fully-realized character Ben Aaronovitch has created here. I could spend hours just reading his random asides about tedious police procedure or his commentary on the people/geography of London:“For decades, Notting Hill has been fighting a valiant rearguard action against the rising tide of money creeping in now that Mayfair has given over entirely to the oligarchs. I could see that whoever had done the conversion on the mews adopted the spirit of the place, because nothing says ‘I’m a part of a vibrant local community’ quite like sticking a bloody great security gate at the entrance to your street. Guleed, Carey, and I stared through the bars like Victorian children.”Do you see what I mean? If you find the above even the least bit funny, then I think you should give these a go. This one starts off with a mysterious murder-by-potsherd in an underground train station, travels through the frou-frou art world, and ends hilariously in a romp through the London sewers – which was one of the funniest things I’ve read all year. Lesley is back in action in this one, which I was very happy about (no more crazy flings with slags, Peter – do you hear me?!!). There’s some minor advancement in the romance department, but nothing huge. These books aren’t really about the romance. I really love the dynamic between Peter and Lesley as partners though:“’There’s always a secret door,’ I said. ‘That’s why you always need a thief in your party.’‘You never said you used to play Dungeons and Dragons,’ Lesley had said, when I explained my reasoning. I’d been tempted to tell her that I was thirteen at the time, and anyway it was Call of Cthulthu, but I’ve learned from bitter experience that such remarks generally only make things worse.”There’s also a new side character in this one, in the shape of an American FBI agent. Now, I admit that I was more than a bit excited when she was first introduced. If Peter’s going to have crazy flings with slags, they can at least be American slags. My mind filled with dreamy visions of Peter waxing poetic about how sexy the American accent is…how gorgeous American women all are…how strong, courageous, and noble…. Yeah, my imagination may or may not have run away with me on that one, but in my defense I’m like two shades away from being a desperate housewife (those two shades being wealth and plastic surgery).So imagine my disappointment when Ms. American FBI turned out to be an uptight, trigger-happy religious nut. Look, Peter, I know how we are over here. I know that that particular shoe fits more times than it doesn’t…but it still hurts, okay? The truth can hurt. *sob* Would it have killed you to at least comment on the accent? You gotta admit that it’s sexy…all those hard r’s. Rrrrr. I could be wrong but I think that maybe this series is heading in the direction of assembling a magical team of characters who will be featured in all the books. If that’s the case, I am very excited! I love magical crime-fighting ensemble casts. I should also mention that this entire story takes place over the Christmas holidays and features blissfully cold weather and snow storms. I truly can’t think of a better read to escape from the stress and heat of this summer.Perfect Musical PairingEn Vogue – Giving Him Something He Can FeelDear Peter, I challenge you to watch this video and not fall immediately in lust with America. We’re not all uptight over here. Also, I saw these ladies strut their stuff a few years ago and they’ve still got it. Which I think is pretty solid evidence that American women maintain their allure well into their thirties and forties. Just sayin’.Also seen on The Readventurer.

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    2019-03-22 05:03

    Ben sure isn't a one trick pony. The third volume of his Peter Grant series is a high point and while not as astounding as the first volume, it's way better than the second and much more fun than any of the others.This time around Peter Grant, PC Magician's Apprentice, faces a mystery of a dead art student in the Tube. Sounds mundane and not Peter Grant at all, but the murder weapon is a shard of magically imbued pottery. So what we get is a wonderful and claustrophobic chase into the literal underworld of London, full of shit, trains and death. Oh and a bit of magic. We always knew it would turn up.I think I touched on this in my review of the first novel, but here I go again. This is not your average urban fantasy shtick. This is smart and funny writing without any bullshit. We can make glib references to other stalwarts like the quaote on the cover from io9 "The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter", but this series will only suffer if you start making comparisons. Sure there are plot points that sound corny and cliche, but reading it you never feel that way, or if you do Peter Grant is one step ahead pointing out how cliche it is.I think part of the attraction is also the attraction that all good series have, whether TV, books or comics even. There are some great characters in here that you end up caring about. And there are some great assholes too that you may find yourselves booing vocally at. Indeed this series does read like your favourite TV series, but one that no producer or broadcaster has had their grubby hands into and fucked it up somehow.So I really wholeheartedly recommend this series again. Sure it's not 5 star material, but it's damn rare to find a series that is as smart, funny and enticing as this with as many characters that you care about. Oh and he ends on such great cliffhangers just when you thought the whole thing was wrapped up.

  • Tracey
    2019-03-03 00:09

    Peter Grant.I could almost make that my entire review.I have a friend I met when we both worked at Barnes & Noble many years ago. She went off to school and then to New York to seek her fortunes, and she is a) blessed with a great many friends and b) an even worse correspondent than I am, so we don't email or call or any of that very often. Now and then, though, if we're going to be in the same city at the same time, we get together, and it's almost as though the time since the last time we met up never existed – we find our old footing and have a terrific time.Peter Grant is a little like that. Months go by; he doesn't call, doesn't write, but then he bursts back into my life as if he never left and I have a few hours of tremendous fun with him. As fictional characters go, Peter is one of those I would most like to meet, share a pint and a kebab, go to a movie with. Tagging along on a murder investigation is fun, too, even when it involves a schlep through the sewers; there's where the "fictional" part comes in handy, as my schlep doesn't involve the stink.I loved this book, because I got to hang out with Peter – and, yay, Lindsey, and Nightingale, and (briefly) Toby and Molly and Dr. Walid. I loved seeing Lindsey growing in her new role and continuing to recover from the events of the first book. I loved seeing her relationship with Peter beginning to heal as well. I loved the dialogue, both internal – Peter to reader – and between characters. And of course I loved the Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings and D&D and other geeky allusions liberally salted throughout the book – the quickest and surest way to my heart is to toss off a reference and let it float on by without explaining it into the ground: give me credit for being as clever and/or geeky as you are (or at least as skilful with a search engine).Lesley stuck her head through the door, spotted us and came in. "Have you seen how much that man can eat?""He is a halfling," I said, which just got me blank looks from the pair of them.The only thing I didn't love about this book, which brought it to a less-than-five-star rating (but probably more than four) was the plot. A young man is murdered in the London Underground, and the unusual murder weapon that Peter locates leads him and his cohort (because I wager he'd love to be said to have a cohort) off on a hunt – through London's tunnels and sewers via the art world, and don't think I'm not making that a metaphor in my head – for what may be a whole community of people (of one sort or another) who rarely see the light of day. It's not a criticism that there were no pyrotechnics on the scale of the other two books; explosions and riots and so forth would be a bit difficult to realistically insert into every single book, and something a bit more low-key (though still plenty adventuresome) was called for, I think, in this third volume.I just figured it out: my problem with the book – which is only a problem in the way a small vanilla bean Coolatta is a problem: a large would be better – is that it feels a little like the stereotypical middle book in a trilogy. Character development continues; more characters are introduced; plot lines are carried over from the previous book as investigation continues into the "Little Crocodiles"; and the book ends with a wonderfully mysterious and tantalizing tip-off for the latter.From the description: "No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that’s going to go well." Huh? When does her born-again anti-magicness come into play? I remember nothing of that. That would have actually been an interesting wrinkle, but – actually, that's another small drawback for me. Special Agent Kimberly Reynolds of the FBI ("Ooh!") is sent to London to assist in the murder investigation I mentioned a few pages back there, because the victim was the son of a US ambassador. She is sharp and competent – and also, compared to the armed-with-a-baton British force, a bit gun-happy, and more than a bit out of her element, between the foreign country component and the supernatural component. But she remains largely undeveloped, almost an afterthought, remaining on the fringes for the most part – and then she goes home. Which could mean she'll be back…Because I exhibited the persistence and annoyingness of a horsefly, I was granted (heh) this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – many, many thanks.

  • Rob
    2019-03-22 03:21

    Executive Summary: Another solid entry in this series, and I hope to get to the next book much sooner than I got to this one.Audiobook: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith once again does an excellent job, making this series a must listen for me.Full ReviewYou may not know it from looking at my Goodreads shelf, but I was never much of a fantasy reader growing up. That changed in college. For several years after college, I didn't read much, but what I read tended to be Urban Fantasy. I just couldn't seem to get enough. My favorite is The Dresden Files.Well at some point apparently I had enough. Every Urban Fantasy series I tried just didn't hold up to the later Dresden Files books, and I was no longer willing to give a series several books to hold my interest. I had pretty much given up on Urban Fantasy when I picked this series up.I meant to read this book much sooner than I did, but other books kept coming up. Finally last month I had some extra time due to a road trip and I was looking for something fun/light to pass the time. This was the perfect book for that.Urban Fantasy is littered with detectives/mysteries and this one is no different, but somehow Mr. Aaronvovitch does enough that I just don't care. I really like the characters, and I like the approach to magic. I want to know more about the world and the deeper mysteries of the Faceless Man that have been set up.The main story of this book was fine, but not fantastic. It took a little while for things to get going, but the last 25% or so was all downhill. I would have liked it if we got more of the overarching plot. Dresden Files took a long time to set up it's larger story arcs, and I think that is much to its detriment. This feels much more like the TV episode format (continuing plot at beginning and end with the meat of it being mostly unrelated/stand alone). I hope we get more developments in the next book.Peter and his partner are fun to follow around. The supporting cast was fine, but not super memorable. I liked the addition of the FBI agent (whose name I've already forgotten because I can't remember names ever). I don't know how they'd work her into a recurring role considering this is set in London, but I do hope this isn't the last we see of her.This was a great road trip book, and I may pick up the next book when I hit the road again in December.

  • Lata
    2019-03-01 01:27

    4.5 stars. In which, Peter Grant goes under ground, literally, in pursuit of a murderer. -Lesley's at the Folly, learning from Nightingale. And learning some things faster, though Peter's still better at reading vestigia.-Abigail Kamara from book 2 is back, looking for the Hogwarts Express. I'm so glad she's back.-The wonderful Guleed is back!-We meet Jaget Kumar, a member of the transit police, and keen explorer. I liked him.-The tenacious FBI agent Reynolds is present; not sure what to make of her yet, but I'm pretty sure she wasn't exactly following rules during her investigation of the murder.I like how seemingly inconsequential details from a previous book can figure to a larger degree in a following book and I love the way relationships are created and how they're relied on in following books as Peter deals with new weird happenings.

  • Regina
    2019-03-22 05:25

    Damn, I love this series. And damn I love these characters – -Peter, Lesley, Molly, Nightengale and even the little dog Toby. Rarely does an urban fantasy book feel new. There is something so easy going but yet scary about the world Mr. Aaronovitch has created. It is layers of normal society on top of layers of an unknown magical community. These communities co-exist and sometimes collide. This story begins right off from where Moon Over Soho left off. Lesley and Peter (Why do I want to type Rob and Cassie????) are living at the Folly and learning basic levels of magic at a painfully slow progress. Of course Lesley is better than Peter, who seems to have some good ideas and brave sentiments but execution is not always a strength of his. Peter = Ordinary Guy. He is not drop down gorgeous and he is not emotionally scarred or running from an ancient enemy. Just an average police officer with very average aspirations but caught up in a world that he never knew existed. I guess that is where the Harry Potter comparison comes in to play.I continue to be somewhat bored during the actual police investigation part of these books. I love the what and the why of the mystery, but the procedure and the tracing down of the who and the how is not that intriguing to me. I read these books for the characters, the world and the humor. The humor written in these books is dry but witty observations and hilarious situations. At many points I was laughing out loud and there are portions of this book that are impossible to excerpt and demonstrate how funny they are because like many brilliant comedians and writers, Aaronovitch starts slowly, builds on the story and then bam! the funny punch part is delivered, so reading the set-up over several pages is very important.The book isn’t completely lighthearted and it is not simple funny fluff, there is a darkness in this book and when bad things happen it isn’t simply wished away. Lesley continues to wear the very visible scars of her injuries earlier in the series and I so wish that all this magic could be used in a way to heal her.Americans beware – -there is some very good natured mocking of a F.B.I. agent but it is damn funny.I will leave you with a few excerpts from Whispers Under Ground so that, without spoiling, you can have a good payoff (i.e. laugh) for reading this review. ***But this meant that in the event of a work related call, Molly would answer the phone downstairs and then inform me by silently standing in my bedroom doorway until I woke up out of sheer creepiness. Leaving a Please Knock sign on my door had no effect, nor did locking it firmly and wedging a chair under the doorknob. Now, I love Molly’s cooking, but she nearly at me once. So the thought of her gliding into my room uninvited while I was kipping meant I found myself getting very little in the way of useful sleep. ***I went down the stairs to the main ticket hall. A bunch of guys in high visibility jackets and heavy boots were standing around drinking coffee, chatting and playing games on their phones. That night’s routine engineering work was definitely not getting done-expect delays. ***We’d worked together before, which is probably why she hesitated before nodding to the constable. ***I figured I’d rather have you check it now that have to call you in later. Like after breakfast, when I was awake. But I didn’t say that. ***Kumar waited until we were safely out of earshot before asking whether I really was from the Ghostbusters. ***“We don’t do UFOs and alien abductions,” I said, because that’s usually the second question. ***The bit I found particularly enjoyable was when I accidentally opened a crate of fragmentation grenades that had been sitting in a puddle since 1946, and Caffey’s voice shot up two octaves as he told me to back away slowly. We had to have a couple of guys from the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit come and take them away. An operation me and Lesley supervised from the café in the park across the road. ***Once she served us she took up a position behind me and Lesley where we couldn’t see her without turning. That’s a bit of a cop trick we don’t like it when people do it to us. ***This is Special Agent Kimberly Reynolds from the FBI and we all went “ooh” the whole room we just couldn’t help ourselves. That didn’t bode well for the international cooperation because we were all bound to be extra surly to cover up the embarrassment. ***I gave a clumsy half bow, and because that didn’t make me look stupid enough, clicked my heels for good measure. ***The thing about being the police is that to do the job properly part of you has to enjoy mixing it up.And for those of you who read this book – -the luge scene – -hilarious?!! I loved it. I couldn’t stop laughing.To read this review and more like it check out

  • Richard
    2019-03-03 23:21

    7.5/10The weakest of the three Peter Grant novels I've listened to, just not quite capturing the same excitement the first two provided. Maybe it's me going into them so quick one after the other or maybe it was just a weaker novel. Either way, a weak Peter Grant novel is better than a lot of books out there and I still enjoyed myself!It seems there is some overall story arc being put in the pipelines here and this one hints at things to come and sets up more of the world more whilst still having its own mystery to contend with. This mystery surrounds a murdered son of a US senator meaning the FBI have been drafted in to take an interest in the outcome. There are a number of main characters returning and Lesley has a more prominent role in this one which was nice to see. A note on the audio narration. Awesome as usual! If you're unsure on audiobooks I implore you to try this series. The voices are done really well and it flows nicely. I know I won't be reading any of these as long as he's narrating them! I did find a flaw in this outing though, his American FBI agent was a little poor and I don't think he pulled off an American accent unlike so many others he can do (he's human after all!!)So whilst I thought this was the weakest in the series I still had fun listening to it and am enjoying this series thoroughly. I've already picked up the 4th on audio ready to go.

  • Algernon
    2019-02-26 02:23

    Peter Grant is back: junior policeman on the Metropolitan Force, apprentice wizard and sarcastic jokester. Welcomew to the magical murder mystery tour of London, starting in Hugh Grant's and Julia Robert's favorite neighborhood of Notting Hill but going mostly to the sunken tunnels of a labyrinthine subway system going back to the nineteen century. If in the previous novel, we had a glimpse of Soho nightlife and at the Jazz scene, in this episode we will focus on modern art, small street boutiques in colourful markets and some not so friendly pokes at fellow cops from across the ocean - as one of the victims is a politically connected art student and the FBI sends their own crack agent on the ground.What Whispers on the ground brings new to the series is a shift of focus from magic and river gods to more standard gumshoe detecting procedures. Peter, with the welcome addition of a more or less back on duty Leslie May, is interviewing witnesses, following leads, organizing stakeouts, gathering forensic evidence, making his dutiful reports to higher authorities, until the time for a few fireballs and earth tremors will come in one more spectacular finale. The actual plot is once again not the strongest aspect of the book, but I enjoyed the guided architectural tour of London. Apparently, Peter Grant was considering a different carrer before joining the Force, and still feels the need to lecture us on every detail of porticoes and brick patterns and terraced mansions. Peter skills in the magical arts are all but stagnating here, and the hot scions of Thames deities have only one relevant scene. There are supernatural creatures still in the thick of it, newly minted, and I will not spoil the pleasure of discovering them for yourselves. Good stuff, a bit more subdued than I expected, but it looks like Ben Aaronovich is planning to catch up to Harry Dresden and aiming for a long run of the series. Witness the slow progress of Peter's studies and the still hidden identity of the rogue wizard adversaries. I don't mind it right now, but it will be interesting to see how the author will keep up to the quality of these first books.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-02-28 22:21

    Posted at The BiblioSanctumWow, never have I snapped up and read all the currently available books in a series so quickly. With my enthusiasm waning for Harry Dresden in light of the new direction the Dresden Files series has taken in the last few books, someone else has recently dethroned him as my favorite leading man in urban fantasy fiction. Peter Grant is my master now!I'm really enjoying this series. I probably didn't like this book as much as the two preceding it, but then again, Rivers of London was excellent and the sequel Moon Over Soho was even better, so I knew that was going to be hard to top.The story begins with a strange murder in the London Underground, and as usual, strange murders always lead to a call to The Folly, home of the Metropolitan Police's two-man paranormal investigative unit. And thus Peter is dragged into a messy case involving a dead American exchange student who is also the son of a rich and powerful U.S. Senator. Added to that is The Folly's ongoing manhunt for "The Faceless Man", the rogue wizard who wreaked havoc and almost got Peter killed in the last book.Actually, I'd thought this book would take up that thread directly, following through on the mystery behind who The Faceless Man is and ending that story arc, but apparently not. It seems the author has plans instead to expand that particular plot line over the course of future books, an indication that the scope of this series will be getting bigger and bigger. I'm not sure how I feel about that; on the one hand, I'm glad there are ambitious plans for these novels, but on the other, a part of me still prefers the one-contained-mystery-per-book-at-a-time kind of format.Already, this book feels like there's a lot more happening in it than the others. With the exception of a couple scenes, the story didn't feel as suspenseful because the mystery was "diluted" amidst all that was going on. Maybe that's also why its chapters were organized into what happened by days of the week this time, to help keep track of all the events over time. There seems to be a lot more exposition as well, and sadly -- at least it feels this way to me -- less history about London and less of Peter experimenting with magic using science, which were the two things I'd loved best about the first two books. Actually, there's just not as much magic, period.Despite that, there were some things I really liked about this book, not the least of all Lesley's bigger role in this series. I wasn't happy at all about what happened to her in the first book, and good to know she wasn't just some shallow, throwaway plot device never to have a more important purpose again. There are also a few scenes which I felt were done extremely well, especially a particular one near the end in the eerie confines of the underground tunnels. Very imaginative and atmospheric.Anyway, I'm glad that I'm all caught up now, but unfortunately that also means it's going to be a long and difficult wait for the end of July, which is when the next book comes out.

  • Stephan
    2019-03-17 04:27

    A very short review this time. Because Peter Grant is part of a wonderful world this book gets 4 stars, as a standalone it would have been a 3. The author continues to weave a great story, but somehow to me it felt less relevant, I wasn't too interested in the magical creatures this time. I liked the characters of Kumar and Guleed, they have a life of their own. Lesley seems a bit fuzzy, I am not getting much of a feel for her.I caught myself hoping for more appearances of the Faceless One and more magic education. That being said I did enjoy it, just with slightly less enthusiasm. But I do want to continue to be part of Peter's world, so I'm happy to pick up the next book in the series immediately.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-23 04:19

    Jos jedna odlicna knjiga (bas se pocinjem ponavljati :P) ali ovog puta sa vecim fokusom na misterijom mada magija jos uvek ima svoje mesto ovde. Interakcija medju likovima je prvoklasna, puno humora i podbadanja ali i ozbiljno kada mora biti. Sama prica je isto tako, bavi se ozbiljnim temama ali sa mahumora koji celu stvar cini dosta zabavnijom i prijemcivijom.Tempo je odlican, atmosfera odlicno prenesena sto sve dovodi do toga da te prosto uvuce u sam svet i naravno vuce te da zavrsis knjigu brze nego planirano :) A to nije losa stvar.Preporuka u svakom slucaju.

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-24 00:15

    So I have to say this one was very enjoyable. Maybe because there is no Peter angst concerning a woman he is interested in. We get more information on how magic works in this world that Peter is in. Also we get some nice police work as well in this one. The Faceless Man is still running amok though, but I was glad to not have this book focus squarely on him. Things I loved:I did enjoy Peter working alongside Lesley. It seems that Lesley is better than Peter at magic, or at least stronger than he was when he first started up with Nightingale.We get a FBI agent in this one who seems quite savvy and I would love to see her pop up again.I don't even remember if Peter mentioned going to school initially to become an architect or what in book #1, but I love that he did and he was able to explain certain type of building arrangements and the running joke about why do architects need to draw. Molly is still silent but seems quite protective of her ever growing population of the Folly. The writing is very good and also there are some hilarious one liners in this one. It definitely reminds me of the good parts of Doctor Who. The setting of London where magic reigns supreme is a great one. The ending was great with Peter figuring out who is the culprit behind a murder. And we get a nice circle back to a girl from the beginning of the book who seems to be getting added onto the magical Scooby-Doo gang. Things I didn't love:I want more Nightingale. He barely feels like he is in this book. Though he is in this one way more than book #2. I want more training scenes with Peter, Nightingale, and Lesley.Even though I was happy to see Lesley, I wasn't happy to see how Peter acts anytime Lesley removes her mask. It seems to not bother a lot of people (Nightingale and Molly) but Peter still reacts to it. And it seems that Lesley in a couple of situations notices it too. And through a drunk/funny scene later on with Lesley and Peter. Peter is attracted to Lesley and Lesley is a little bit with Peter. I do think that things will come to a head eventually though since others are interested in Lesley and don't seem to care about her face. I was happy to see Zach, the new character who is half fairy (fae) seems interested in her. Though Zach seems to have a crush on someone else that is called a "whisperer" so who knows if anything will go forward with that.Honestly I am tired of Tyburn trying to act like she's big and bad. She just shows up in every book now to threaten Peter. I am already wanting to read book #4 to see what happens next. With this book, I got my first bingo on my second bingo card which is nice.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-20 23:23

    This was also a fun book - and honestly, I keep reading these and thinking that they are really written with a screenplay in mind, and I sure would look forward to watching this as a TV series! The protagonist, Peter Grant, is funny, self effacing and bright but not always quick on the uptake with certain things. He's also got a huge hangup about his friend Lesley's magic-related injury to her face (despite one of the other characters in this story referring to her as "sex on legs"). He's doing his best to maintain a level of professionalism ("I took the wine but avoided the smile, what with me being on duty and everything." but disaster seems to follow him everywhere. I now know that grapes are de rigeur when visiting someone in hospital in England.There's an interesting bit of overlap with a concept from American Gods:any system, such as an underground railway or indeed the telephone network, could develop a genius loci in the same fashion as the rivers and other sacred sites.if a Scotsman introduced himself to me as the god of telephones I’d be inclined to take him at his word.This is really similar to the idea that belief creates reality -- and I also thoroughly enjoy the references to other stories of time travel and fantasy (such as the Morlock) sprinkled throughout. A COUPLE NITSNow that I'm into the 3rd book in this world - I'm finding there's a bit more backstory than I need. I'd like the "read straight through" version -- can we have all the books in the series together with the backstory repeats cut out of each tale?I keep reading this "urban fantasy" tag with these books and I can't figure out what on earth it is supposed to mean: are most "fantasy" or supernatural books in some sort of rural or wild setting? Like the hobbits charming rural English village setting or the True Blood rural Louisiana swamp setting with alligators and werewolves running around? Or is it "urban fantasy" because the chief protagonist is black? What's the deal with such a meaningless genre name?ONE MORE NITHow awful is Lesley's face? Seriously? Is it so awful that Peter really can't see past it and see the real Lesley who he lusted for and spooned with for so long? Is he really that shallow? Facial reconstruction has come a long way - just look up face transplants (this one is safe for work) - and even Bonnie Culp looks way better than she did before her crazy ex husband shot off her face AND she's got a partner who loves her (unlike poor Lesley!). Is Lesley's injury worse than any of those people you can see on the internet?

  • Eilonwy
    2019-03-02 23:23

    Another irresistibly fast-paced and gripping installment in this series. It was so good to have Lesley back!

  • Denise Bücherwunderland
    2019-03-15 02:19

    3.5 Sterne Vorneweg:Nachdem ich den ersten Band der Reihe ganz in Ordnung fand, habe ich den zweiten Band geradezu verschlungen! Deswegen war ich schon sehr gespannt auf "Ein Wispern unter Baker Street" und hatte auch ein bisschen höhere Erwartungen, leider.Meine Meinung: Bisher hatte ich bei jedem Buch dieser Reihe leichte Startschwierigkeiten. Ich weiß nicht, ob es an dem Schreibstil liegt, oder an etwas anderem, aber ich brauche immer ca. 75 Seiten bis ich einigermaßen in die Handlung hineinfinde. Diesmal spielt ein großer bzw. wichtiger Teil der Handlung im Londoner Untergrund. Es war interessant zu lesen wie alles konstruiert wurde und teilweise auch eklig, wenn es in die Kanalisation ging ;). Peter Grant entwickelt sich in diesem Band kaum weiter, aber da die Handlung in einem sehr kurzen Zeitraum spielt, ist das durchaus verständlich. Nightingale ist in diesem Band wieder etwas präsenter, aber da ich ihn so gerne mag, hätte ich gerne noch mehr von ihm gelesen :). Die Handlung an sich fand ich ganz in Ordnung. Es war zwar durchaus spannend, aber so richtig mitgerissen hat es mich nicht. Zumindest konnte ich das Buch zu jeder Zeit problemlos aus der Hand legen ;). Wie auch in den vorherigen Bänden gibt es wieder allerhand Informationen rund um London und dessen Geschichte. Außerdem werden auch die Wegstrecken sehr genau beschrieben.Fazit:Nachdem mir Band 2 so gut gefallen hat, bin ich jetzt ein bisschen enttäuscht. Hoffentlich gefällt mir der nächste Band wieder besser :). Trotzdem hat es mir Spaß gemacht das Buch zu lesen und ich bin gespannt wie es in Band 4 weitergeht (hoffentlich werden meine Fragen endlich beantwortet ;))

  • Wanda
    2019-03-19 05:31

    If you haven’t yet met Peter Grant, main character of this series, may I suggest that you find the first book (Rivers of London/Midnight Riot) and make his acquaintance. This is urban fantasy, but not like the UF that I usually read. Somehow, the magical elements of Aaronovitch’s fiction just melt into the story and don’t stick out like sore thumbs. Peter is primarily a copper and only secondarily an apprentice wizard. And despite the warnings of his wizardly mentor, Nightingale, Peter continues to try to analyze, quantify, and extemporize with his magical abilities.Speaking of Nightingale, I would definitely like more information on his background! Aaronovitch deals out a few more details in this installment, but I would love more history on him, the Folly (where he & Peter live), and Molly, their creepy live-in caretaker.Have I mentioned that Peter is funny? That he can wryly explain London and the police force in ways that make me smile every time? Sure, he can be a bit of an asshole from time to time, but really who among us isn’t? He is much gentler with his injured partner, Lesley, than I would have expected from previous books. And his impulsiveness is kept in check by Stephanopoulous and Guleed, not to mention American Kimberley Reynolds. He has many good women in his life!I also appreciated the many pop culture references—everything from “Holy paranormal activity, Nightingale - to the Jag mobile,” to an inscription on a demon trap written in Tolkien’s Elvish (which incidentally, Peter is nerdy enough to be able to read).A true pleasure to read. I look forward to the next installment, Broken Homes.

  • Penny
    2019-02-25 21:29

    If Peter Grant was a real guy I would go to London and stalk him for a week just because he's so awesome! :)No seriously, this is the best in the series so far, and I really enjoyed the first two. I'm not a huge fan of London for lots of reasons but I swear this series is changing my mind. The way Aaronovitch talks about the history of the city and how it developed and he slides in that British humour and I find myself wishing I was in London to go visit the places he's talking about! Not only is this fun, funny, easy reading, but it's not in any way annoying! Peter sleeps and eats and spends time in the hospital if he gets badly hurt. I'm all for magic being, well, magical, but Peter is still human and I like that he acts like it. The rest of the main cast is just as awesome as usual too.I really enjoy the fact that Peter and Dr Walid are still trying to better understand where the magic comes from and what it is using the scientific method. There were a bunch of new characters in this book that I'd love to see again, Kumar in particular. Can't wait for the next one!! :D