This was described to me as Harry Potter has grown up and joined the Met Police. It’s pretty close. This the story of Peter Grant. We join him as a probationary constable but that time is coming to an end. He’s choosing which path to go down. He wants action not paperwork. One night, he’s standing guard of a murder scene. A man’s head was knocked clean off his shoulders. Then a ghost walks up to Peter. He knows who did it.
Peter manages to avoid the Case Progression Unit. Instead, he is thrown into a scary new world of the supernatural law enforcement; a side to London that few see and fewer understand. This book is all the things: a murder mystery, epic magical realism and plenty of action. It’s not without its humour. It’s hard not to fall for Peter. He’s not afraid to speak his mind about the ridiculous situations he finds himself in. He’s quite vocal about his scepticisms to his mentor Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. I was more than willing to grab his hand and run with him.
So it’s less Harry Potter joins the police, rather they found Harry Potter in the police. Also, you’re not born with magic but it can be learnt. It’s simply understanding the laws and rules which is why Sir Isaac Newton was so good at it. It still takes a lot of practise. I understand the comparisons to Harry Potter. It’s not just because of the magic, thrilling plot and larger than life characters. It’s because it’s so immersive. Aaronovitch has taken everything you know about London and given it a new twist or given it life. For example, taking the name of things and personifying them. They become living breathing characters in the book. The rivers of London are people. I thought that was really clever!
You don’t need to know every nook and cranny of London to appreciate the book but it does give it another dimension to the reading. I could picture Covent Garden. I knew the sights and smells and noise. If you don’t frequent the market as much as I do, fear not. Aaronovitch will take you there, incorporating all those English myths, legends and fables you know and love; as well as some that may or may not be made up.This book series was written for me!
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