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The last-but-one wizard in England,
This review is from: Rivers of London (Hardcover)
This is a rather splendid novel. If we are to categorise it, it is both a crime/mystery novel and a fantasy novel, but is more likely to appeal to fans of the latter than the former. Although almost any reader could surely recognise many of its virtues: the chief of which is that it is fun to read.
Briefly, the principal character, and first-person narrator, is a young member of London's police force. Our narrator tries to take a witness statement from a man who turns out to be a ghost. And that experience brings young Peter Grant to the attention of Chief Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England, who takes him on as an apprentice.
This a book which is full of unexpected turns of events - seldom a bad thing. And, much to my surprise, it is a book which has dignitas, and even a little grandeur. Along the way we meet not only a few ghosts but also some attractive young ladies who turn out to be the spirits of most of London's rivers.
If I have a criticism, it is that our hero, who has an undistinguished academic record, is remarkably articulate. But hey - let's not look a gift horse.
Very nicely designed too, in an admirably readable font.