Top critical review
One person found this helpful
3.5 stars – an alright book but a little lacklustre
on 17 October 2016
“I’d have been a bad scientist.”
Whispers Under Ground was once again an incredibly well written book however I found myself slightly disappointed in it. Not in the writing style itself or even the characters – because I still love Peter, Lesley, Nightingale and the rest – but in the plot.
The plot of Whispers Under Ground was a little lacklustre; it didn’t quite have that spark that the previous books had, it was good but not great. It followed Peter as he continues his training as a magicians apprentice and police officer, the ‘weird stuff’ was few and far between with some small sections of magic. Lesley showed up more in this book which I really liked as I like Lesley.
There was a murder – or two – some weird Earthbending from a possible chimera and a subsequent burying, a little bit of magic and a whole lot of policing.
The internal monologuing of Peter Grant was sarcastic and humourous as always:
Once you’d exhausted the possibilities of drinking, feasting and wenching, torturing someone slowly to death probably helped break the monotony.
You burn down one central London tourist attraction, I thought, and they never let you forget it.
The best line – single greatest line in the entire book was:
F me he’s an Earthbender.
The writing style stayed consistent although my kindle edition had quite a few errors in editing which was a smidgen annoying but it didn’t detract from the overall storyline. There was a consistent British feel throughout, which occasionally, can drop from other books set in London and a distinct American feel drops in its place.
The magic in this book was, as mentioned previously, few and far between which as a magicians apprentice was a little disappointing. The Quiet People was quite an interesting concept; a whole contingency of paranormal creatures that live in the sewers under London, keep pigs and make… pottery.
That was basically the only proper magic in the book which is I think where I was disappointed. A lot of the book consisted of Peter being a police officer first and an apprentice second – as part of the Murder Team it made sense but it wasn’t what I would have called enjoyable.
If Whispers had been a little less police-beaty and more magical it would have got a solid 4 star rating but I don’t feel comfortable giving it anymore than 3.5.