Review: Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

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Moon over Soho is the second book in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is back and as doggedly as ever. A jazz musician dies of ‘natural causes’, but the magical signature the body gives off, tells him and doctor Wallid there’s something strange afoot. A journalist is horribly murdered by having his penis bitten off. Two separate cases that Grant has to solve, while his mentor Nightingale and his friend Lesley are still recovering from their ordeals connected to his previous cases, his father is getting back into the jazz scene, and a voluptuous woman enters his life.

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Review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

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Rivers of London is the first book in Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series. It’s contemporary Fantasy, which usually isn’t my thing, but I enjoyed this novel a lot.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is a young English policeman who, after an encounter with a ghost, is recruited into a ‘secret’ branch of the Metropolitan police that deals only with magical cases.

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Review: Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud

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Ptolemy’s Gate is the third book in the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud and the last book of the Bartimaeus trilogy.

Plot:

London’s magical reign is under threat from the commoners who are being born with strange powers of magical perception and resilience. Nathaniel finds himself right in the middle of it, and he’s not happy. You know who else isn’t happy? Bartimaeus. For two long years he’s been forced to stay on earth to serve Nathaniel, who in his mind has now really become John Mandrake, and he’s getting weaker and weaker. And when Kitty, former resistance member, suddenly summons him to ask questions about magic, resilience and (how dare she!) Ptolemy, Bartimaeus feels that things are spiralling out of control. Continue reading

Review: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud is the first book of the Bartimaeus sequence; a contemporary YA Fantasy series. The series is comprised of a trilogy, of which The Amulet of Samarkand is the first book, and a prequel which was published after the trilogy. The sequence is made up of the following novels:

  • The Amulet of Samarkand
  • The Golem’s Eye
  • Ptolemy’s Gate
  • The Ring of Solomon (prequel)

In general, I don’t read YA, but this series is just so good and entertaining, that I had to buy it. Continue reading