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- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 July 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D7IKVQ
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At my age (72) it is increasingly hard to find novels that I actually want to read, and even harder to find novels which I don't give up on after perhaps 50 pages. But this one works all right.
Provided, of course, you know what to expect, and like what you are led to expect. For this is one of those cross-genre books. It's part police-procedural, part fantasy (since it's about magic, and we don't believe in magic, do we? Oh, really?), and part literary; the latter because, for a police constable of modest background and educational attainments, our hero is remarkably erudite. Oh, and there's a wide streak of humour running all the way through it -- humour of that black kind which police officers, A&E doctors, and ambulance men, develop into order to protect themselves from the horrible things they have to deal with.
Fortunately, this is number two in a series, so you can go back and start with number one before getting stuck into this one. And the only thing wrong with a series such as this is that the fact that, as my dear old Mum used to say, they don't write them fast enough.
On the whole, I think it had the same strengths and weaknesses as the first book.
The positives were a clever and internally consistent system of magic, an engaging and fully fleshed out hero and well-developed supporting characters, and a dry and very British humour reminiscent of early Terry Pratchett.
What worked less well for me, in both the first book but perhaps more so in this instalment, was the plot, which felt very convoluted and just didn't quite seem to hang together quite right. There are hints of a deeper underlying plot arc, but for the moment, it still feels quite episodic. In the case of this book, I also found a new character - half love interest, half potential suspect - significantly less compelling than most of the cast. I found the hero's reactions to her unrealistic, and it almost dulled my adoration of him.
Overall then, I'm still enjoying the series and will definitely read the next one at some point, but I'm finding myself frustrated with the way it's not quite living up to its initial promise or to some of the flashes of brilliance sprinkled through the plot. I was torn between 3 stars or 4, and have erred on the side of generosity, possibly swayed by the introduction of an evil wizard tutor at Magdalen, my old Oxford college!
The prose is light and manageable, the characters outstanding and all in the overall arc is one that will lead the readers to demanding a new title sooner rather than later as Peter and Nightingales own Sith seem to be emerging from the background. All in, this book has been very cleverly done which when added to a wonderful reading experience made this a title that was very hard to put down. If there's only one new author you try this year in the Urban Fantasy genre, make it Aaronovitch, the skills and pace will leave you wondering exactly what spell he's woven within these pages.
Having greatly enjoyed Rivers of London I was inevitably worried that the follow-up wouldn't succeed in replicating the first book's strengths. It turns out that my concerns were unfounded; not only is Moon Over Soho just as good as its predecessor, it actually smooths out some of the flaws that were present in Rivers of London.
For start the plot it neater, with a far tighter (if somewhat open) ending. Secondly it avoids the OTT action that peppered Rivers of London and challenged my suspension of disbelief. There's no shortage of action on display in Moon Over Soho, but no repeat of the Covent Garden riot from Rivers.
The rest of the book maintains the nice balance of police procedural, urban fantasy and love letter to London. As with Rivers there's a genuine sense of the magical to Aaronovitch's writing, both in the fantasy elements and the way he conjures up a vivid and colourful portrait of contemporary London. You can almost taste and smell the real Soho emerging from the book's pages and the spookier parts of the story are sometimes genuinely unsettling. One scene where Grant and Nightingale uncover a twisted Soho nightclub is truly creepy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4 stars simply because it took me awhile to get into it. I am not a fan of Sci Fi as a rule but this Harry Potter meets The Bill is just fabulous. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joanne Hurst
Once picked up, hard to put down. Grown up magic, murder, police chasing baddies, it's all there in a well written, well constructed story.Published 5 days ago by Eli Pledge
I began to believe in the main characters and care about them. A much more coherent story than book one.Published 1 month ago by June Jurmann
I really enjoyed the first in the Peter Grant series, and this second instalment doesn't disappoint! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sophie
The first book in the Peter Grant series was a great page turner, witty and serious by turns. The concept of a policeman, apprentice wizard is novel and engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wildman