Rivers of London 10th Anniversary Edition by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London

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10th Anniversary Edition of Midnight Riot by #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch, the first book in the international bestselling Rivers of London series!

Restored to its original British title Rivers of London, this Author’s Preferred Edition includes revised text never before seen by US readers and a new introduction by the author.

My name is Peter Grant and until recently I was just another probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right thinking people as the Metropolitan Police and by everyone else as the filth. My only concerns in life were avoiding a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – We do paperwork so other coppers don’t have to – and where to get a hot coffee while on late shift. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from a man who was dead, but disturbingly voluble and that brought me to the attention Chief Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in Britain.

And that, as they say, is where the story really starts.

Now I’m in plain clothes and the first apprentice wizard in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated. Now I’m dealing with nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the River Thames and digging up graves in Covent Garden – and that’s just the routine stuff.

Because there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious, vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s fallen to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying. Which, I don’t mind telling you, would involve a hell of a lot of paperwork.


“It’s witty, fun, and full of vivid characters, and the plot twists will keep even seasoned mystery fans guessing.”

Publishers Weekly

“… fresh and original and a wonderful read. I loved it.”

Charlaine Harris

“A hilarious, keenly imagined caper.”

Diana Gabaldon

“A witty and inventive twist to urban fantasy… Wouldn’t let go until the last page.”

Mario Acevado

“Peter Grant’s adventures are a magical mystery tour de force: a potent mix of police procedural and supernatural saga, by turns funny, spooky, and heartfelt. The only regret I have in devouring a volume the second it comes out is having to wait for the next one.”

Dan Moren

“One of the best takes of urban fantasy I've come across! The beauty of London, with all its history and mystique, the engaging dynamics of everything you like about police procedurals like CSI, with all the magical fun and charms I love best about the urban fantasy genre. Anyone who enjoys mystery, monsters, magic in cities, and wonderful twists, will enjoy the Rivers of London by Ben Aaronavitch. An urban fantasy must read!”

R.R. Virdi

“Magic and mystery flow through Rivers of London, with police wizard-in-training Peter Grant doing his best to stay afloat using modern tech and police procedures. Ben Aaronovitch’s in-depth knowledge of London past and present map out a series that is fascinating, colorful, terrifying, and buckets of fun.”

Leigh Perry

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