Post by Robert Carnegie Post by Ahasuerus Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Bill Gill
I just finished this book. It continues the good quality of
the previous Rivers of London series. This one wraps up the
story arc of the Rivers and does it quite well. If anybody
wants to read this one who hasn't read the previous books
I suggest that they start with number 1 and continue through
in order. If they don't they will have problems figuring out
what is going on.
Quick review. Peter Grant is a young Police Constable in London
when he meets a ghost. When it is realized that he has the makings
of a wizard he becomes an apprentice to Chief Inspector Nightingale.
Nightingale is the head of the magical division of the London Police.
Peter meets a lot of magical people and entities, including the gods
and goddesses of the rivers of London. This includes Mama Thames and
Poppa Thames, who are not related and don't necessarily get along
all that well.
Since this closes the arc on the Rivers series I am wondering if
Ben has anything new in work. I certainly hope so.
Could you post a list of the titles in the series? This sounds
interesting, and I'd like to save a list to disk against whenever
I have book money again.
1 Rivers of London (2011)
2 Moon Over Soho (2011)
3 Whispers Under Ground (2012)
4 Broken Homes (2013)
5 Foxglove Summer (2014)
5.5 The Furthest Station (2017) [short]
6 The Hanging Tree (2016)
7 Lies Sleeping (2018)
The Home Crowd Advantage (2012) [short]
The PC Grant Novels (2013) [Omnibus/1,2,3]
The Loneliness of the Long-Distant Granny (2015) [short]
has the graphical collections as well. They're "in continuity"
but not strictly necessary.
Oh, and - _Lies Sleeping_ is going on my Christmas wish list,
so I'm not reading it till then - but that "chronology" has
forthcoming titles after as well as before the latest book.
Blurry cover seems to be placeholder made from existing book art,
_The Fey and the Furious_ is probably a graphical series / collection,
_The October Man_ is next year's novella set in Trier, Germany,
probably extremely tangential to anything that happened in England
(I was honestly alarmed to see how pleased the author seemed
to say he was at "discovering" novella-length publishing in
_The Farthest Station_ and how much easier it is), Abigail and,
er, Reynolds get backdated novellas, and there is a "Book 8" on
the map - so to speak.
I assume that London itself still exists after _Lies Sleeping_,
but property violence is another theme of the series. The "Rivers"...
are in The Faceless Man's sights already, from _The Hanging Tree_.
So at minimum, the city map could end up pretty different next time...
Incidentally, _Detective Stories_ is awkward to date because
its nominal setting is Peter Grant being assessed for promotion
to Detective Constable by presenting four cases he's investigated
at previous dates,including one before _Rivers of London_ itself
introduced him to magic. There's a couple of nice visual flashbacks
to the novels - well, if significant scenes of _Moon Over Soho_
are "nice" - and each of the graphic collections or pamphlets also
has quickie stories, mostly one-page gags with the supporting cast,
and maybe a text feature or three.
In my copy of "Moon" he introduces himself as "DC" at one or two
points, but this may be temporary elevated responsibility (Nightingale
having not recovered after the previous volume), a small misprint,
author's mistake (these have been confessed to), or a rather
controversial lie in a crisis. I think he's in plain clothes,
which I suspect is also unusual at this rank outside the police