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.
©2012 Ben Aaronvitch (P)2012 Tantor
I liked the book but it is the narrator who brings it alive. I can't recommend this series enough for those who like magic, London and quirky mysteries with a good dose of humor.
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
Yes I would and probably will. I really like this series and the characters.
The main character in particular draws me in because even though he is steeped in a magical world he uses his background in science to understand what is happening and not using it as a reason to close his eyes to what is going on around him.
I tend to have trouble with accents and this one has been pretty troublesome for me. I'm serious considering buying the rest of this series in print simply because I find it hard to understand. Being American there were quite a few times that I wondered if that was really how we sounded to the English or was it just bad training on his accent work. It makes me worry that the English accents I've heard before were done in the same twisted way the American accents were done here. Do the English hear our American narrators and cringe when they do an English accent? At the same time I probably would still be mispronouncing basic English words and titles if I only had the print version.
Another excellent book by Aaronovitch. The series keeps getting better and better. It's kind of like the X-Files mixed with Hogwarts. I can't wait to read the next one.
The story was better than Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho, but man oh man. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith has the worst Oklahoman accent I've ever heard. I found my teeth grinding each time Agent Reynolds had to talk. It was so incredibly nasal. Oof. I had to grit through those parts and survive.
Everyone else sounded just fine.
Sometimes the narrator was hard to understand. Slurring was a problem - even when character-driven - but I'm looking forward to the next book.
It wasn't that kind of book for me. I took so much pleasure in the characters, the settings, the clever asides and observations, that the plot (though perfectly sound), was secondary to me.
Ben Aaronovitch delivers another brilliant mystery. The storyline is complete with a nicely crafted mysterious murder, a grieving father who brings his own FBI agent to London to help solve the crime, the right amount of magic, and of course, the right dose of humor.
I've become a fan; well-done Mr. A!
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