Review: Ben Aaronovitch – Foxglove Summer

81MLDqK8SULSynopsis: Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm…

Title: Foxglove Summer
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: Gollancz
Pub Date: 13th November 2014
Pages: 377
ISBN: 9780575132504

Rating: 4stars

‘There’s weird shit,’ I said. ‘And we deal with the weird shit, but normally it turns out that there’s a perfectly rational explanation.’ Which is often that a wizard did it.

That about sums up this brilliant series, Ben Aaronovitch has found his footing in the world of urban fantasy. He brings a refreshing sense of quirkiness, magical realism, and the nerdiness of Peter Grant’s experiments.

I was a little worried about what would happen with the plot moving out of London. The entire series so far has been deeply rooted in the quirks and history of the city – one of my favourite things about this series. I need not have been worried, however; there is still a strong historical (and supernatural) connection to the location – there’s just more trees than buildings.

What I like most about this series is that, five books in, I’m still hooked from the get go; still finish the book in less than 24 hours; and still get that ‘aarrgghh!’ feeling when it finishes. There are very few authors that manage to get the same reaction so far into a series.

Is this book perfect? No. The ending didn’t enthral me. Is it fast-paced and addictive? Yes. Will I eagerly wait for the next instalment? You betcha!

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