The Rivers of London series is what would happen if Harry Potter was an adult in the police force. This book introduces the character of Peter Grant, a man who recently discovers that magic exists and that there’s a whole other side to London that he never knew.
This book cleverly weaves together a traditional crime novel with elements of fantasy. The characters are rich and a true voice of London. The author Ben Arronovitch doesn’t shy away from the realities of crime and what it’s like to fight crime. He also weaves in a new fantastical world that feels like it could be real.
Humour is used throughout the book as a way of dealing with the strange things that Peter finds himself facing. The tone is very British which makes it unique in this genre.
If you’re looking for a unique fantasy novel that utilises the crime genre as well, then this series could be for you. I read this book through Audible and the narration really added to the story, the accents and music helped set the scene and drew you in.