The marketing for Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London urban fantasy series says to imagine if Harry Potter grew up and joined the London Police. Fair enough. The Harry Potter character in Aaronovitch’s books is a young man named Peter Grant. Grant is a tyro Policeman who sees a ghost while guarding a crime scene (a man has been decapitated). The ghost talks with Grant and supplies some information about the crime that later leads Grant to enter into an apprenticeship with a Metropolitan Police Detective, Thomas Nightingale, who specializes in supernatural crime cases. Together, Grant and Nightingale investigate a series of murders that have links to the distant past.
Rivers of London takes the reader on a rollicking joy-ride around the City of London and the suburbs. Vampire eradication, mystical creatures, and the politics of the gods (and goddesses) of the Rivers of London all contribute to the involving mystery. If you’re looking for a satisfying Young Adult novel, Rivers of London will provide a fun adventure. I’ll be reading more of these engaging fantasy novels in the months ahead. GRADE: B