Review: Whispers Underground – by Ben Aaronovitch

9970042Synopsis: Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And its just as well – he’s already had run ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn’t even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at. And then there’s his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn’t his fault, but still.

Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it. Time to call in the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka ‘The Folly’. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britains Last Wizard.

Title: Whispers Underground
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780575097667

Rating: 3stars

How much do you hate rush-hour delays on the underground? Have you ever gone past one of the ‘ghost’ stations and thought you saw something there? Do you ever wonder what happens in the dark tunnels of London? I have, and Aaronovitch has answered all my questions with a truly brilliant fantastical and, in my opinion, completely logical, answer. OK, not logical, but he makes it feel logical!

Whispers Underground is probably my favourite book from the Rivers of London series; I started reading it as soon as I finished the second book. That hasn’t happened in a while … (ok, it happened with Robin Hobb but I really didn’t expect it to happen here too!).

What I love about these books is Aaronovitch’s ability to seamlessly integrate the urban with the fantastical. Grounded in reality, but with enough whimsy to move the story along at a fast pace, Whispers Underground is a well-crafted, enjoyable read.

I’ve also found myself becoming completely attached to all the characters; I love them all: Nightingale especially. PC Grant continues to be a serious crush, but I find quirky, not quite socially-aware Nightingale to be the epitome of cool … Well, the weird, geeky kind of cool that is the best kind. Obviously.

With murder, genius loci, magic and humour throughout, there’s not much more I could ask from a book. This is a great read and I will definitely be reading the last book as soon as physically possible.

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