Foxglove Summer : Peter Grant

  • by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Series: Peter Grant
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

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Starts slow but ends strong

I have to say I really enjoy this series. The excellent urban fantasy/police procedural mix works quite well. This genre appears to be growing fast and while there are a lot of similar series coming out, this series feels like the most realistic of the group. The author also maintains a good balance between having a stand alone story and advancing the meta-plot.
This is good as a lot of my favorite authors have been focusing on their overarching story to the detriment of the one you are currently reading. Good to see Mr. Aaronovitch has gotten it right.

The narrarator does his usual excellent job. He is definitely top notch and enhances the story with his reading style. He has a pretty good range and you can definitely tell each character apart from the reading alone.

I really only have two complaints with this novel. First, it starts off really slow. The first quarter of the book is almost devoid of any supernatural elements and advances at a snails pace, hence 4 stars for the story instead of 5. Fortunately it picks up after that and moves the story along quite nicely. My second complaint is minor and most may not agree but I am really getting to hate the music between chapters. If anyone from the publishing company is reading this please either get rid of it or rotate in some different music.

Those small issues aside, this is a great novel once it gets moving. Stick with it and you'll be glad you did. I really look foreward to the next book in this series.

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- Cliff "I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help."

What a fun ride!

This installment of Rivers of London is like riding a roller coaster in the dark! Every time you think the story is predictable it takes off in an unexpected direction. And you want to stay alert because every word counts.

First, ignore the blurb that Audible has above. It was written by someone that did not read the book. They took a simple fact, the case is about missing children, and made up conflicts that are not in the book; uncooperative local police and shops close at 4pm? Someone is winging it.

But back to the book (where local police Are cooperative), to avoid spoilers just say we get to spend more time with Peter Grant and the river spirits. We make new friends, see some new examples of non-humans. Peter faces mysteries and dangerous confrontations and plays with new magic spells. We get a new clue about Molly.

Book 4, Broken Homes, was a bit of downer. In this book, Peter gets on with life. Leslie's voice is still with him, goading him on to solve problems, even though she's out of the picture (mostly). We get more hints about the ultimate story arc but it is not solved here.

That suits me because it is so nice to read books written by someone you can trust to entertain you. The author is a master of writing enjoyable prose. I'll be rereading it with pleasure.
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- Amazon Customer "Aging hippie"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio