The second in the Peter Grant series does not disappoint.
This book takes up a few months after Rivers of London starts and while that book worked to establish the setting and characters, this book is more comfortable with them and is more dedicated to setting up the ongoing series. It's a little like the original Star Wars where the first film was there to introduce you to the universe and was a good one-off in case nothing else happened, while Empire Strikes Back was to set up for films to come. However, this book doesn't suffer 'from middle book syndrome' in any way.
It starts with Peter Grant continuing his apprenticeship and cleaning up the details from the first book when new mysteries start to appear. Someone is using magic to kill jazz musicians in London which appears to be natural causes to anyone uninitiated. This grabs Peter's attention as his father is a former great jazzman of London and thus Peter has an in into both worlds.
As things unfold though, there appears to be even darker things afoot with signs pointing toward a rogue, evil magician who would naturally be better trained and more skilled than Apprentice Peter Grant.
Once again, the pace is good, the plot convoluted but able to be followed and the characters amazing and fun. I heard a crime author once say that the characters are the most important part of a crime novel and that solving the crime is just to give them something to do while describing good characters. This is one of the reasons why mysteries are so popular. Well, rest assured, this book is very character driven.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 18 July 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B00NX517WO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)