Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Foxglove Summer is the fifth book in the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch, and I believe the first book in which Peter spends the majority of his time not in London.

Plot:

As the events of the last book have left Peter shaken, he jumps at the chance to spend some time outside of London. Unfortunately, the case he’s assisting on is a dark one: two pre-teen girls have gone missing in rural Herefordshire. There’s no indication that there might be magic involved, but that doesn’t stop for Peter from worrying. Time is running out.

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Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes is book number four in Ben Aaronovitch’s PC Peter Grant series. This book differs from the previous three in structure; Peter is working on several cases at once, and they’re not all related. In fact, there’s only two that are truly related to the magical parts of London.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is called in when the cops find blood they can’t account for at a traffic accident. Their prime suspect is one Robert Weil, one of the apprentices of the original Faceless Man. There’s blood, but where’s the body? A man jumps in front of a train, but the circumstances are odd. Jaget Kumar shows Peter the footage, and they agree there was magical interference. Meanwhile, a stolen book on magic turns up, but hasn’t been reported stolen. It used to belong to Erik Stomberg, a German architect who happened to design one of the most infamous landmarks in London people have been trying to demolish for years. A grandfather injures himself during his granddaughter’s birthday party, while trying to create a werelight. Very few of these cases seem to be related, yet Peter can’t help but feel the Faceless Man has come back into play.

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Review: The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

The Castle of Llyr is the third book in the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.

Plot:

Princess Eilonwy travels to the Isle of Mona, where she will be fostered by the kind king and queen of Mona, with Taran and Gurgi to see her off. She must learn what it means to be a lady, even though she doesn’t want to. But when they get to Mona, it is revealed to Taran that Eilonwy is in danger. For the evil enchantress Achren is after her, and her talents. Continue reading

Review: Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

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Whispers Underground is the third book in the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. I devoured this book in little more than a day.

Plot:

PC Peter Grant is called to the Underground while pursuing a lead about the wizard who’d tried to kill him during his previous adventure, and when he gets there he’s greeted by the terrible sight of a man stabbed to death. Though he doesn’t pick up any magical residue from the body, he does from what they assume to be the murder weapon. A shard of some kind of ceramic. With the help of his mentor Nightingale, his now fellow student PC Lesley May whose face is still ruined, the Murder Team and a strange bloke named Zach who is more than he lets on, Peter descends into the tunnels of the London underground and the sewers. All while being followed by a pesky FBI agent who has pegged him as suspicious.

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Review: Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is the MCU’s first movie that deals with straight up magic. I must admit I knew very little about Doctor Strange, except that his name was Stephen Strange (name-drop in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and that he was a doctor. I was very excited for this one, and also a little nervous. The trailers looked good, and the promo pictures of Benedict were great, but there was also a lot of outrage about Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One. But I put all of my preconceived notions aside as I stepped into the theatre.

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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: The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin

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This is the second book in The Dreamblood duology by N.K. Jemisin. I really hope it won’t stay a duology, because I’d love to explore the world more, but if it is, then it’s a fitting end.

Plot:

Gujaareh, the city of dreams, has been ruled for ten years by the conquering Kisuati after the schemes of the Prince fell through in the previous book. The Kisuati are cruel and forceful, and only the Hetawa and its Sharers, Sisters, Sentinels and Gatherers ensure that Gujaareh stays peaceful. But things are boiling under the surface and things are changing in the city. The barbarians, lead by exiled would-be-Prince Wanahomen keep raiding the city, there’s a female Sharer apprentice in the Hetawa though women are as goddesses and therefore shouldn’t do the jobs of men, and the people of Gujaareh are getting more and more frustrated by the behaviour of the Kisuati. War is brewing and an unstoppable plague spreads through the city of dreams, killing people horrible in their sleep.

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