The Rivers of London series is a set of novels by Ben Aaronovitch featuring the chief protagonist Peter Grant. The series of novels are best characterized as urban fantasy police procedurals. The first in the series, Rivers of London, was published in 2011.
Order of Rivers of London / Peter Grant Graphic Novel Series
|1||Rivers of London: Body Work #1||2015|
|2||Rivers of London: Body Work #2||2015|
|3||Rivers of London: Body Work #3||2015|
|4||Rivers of London: Body Work #4||2015|
|5||Rivers of London: Body Work #5||2015|
|6||Rivers of London: Night Witch #1||2016|
|7||Rivers of London: Night Witch #2||2016|
|8||Rivers of London: Night Witch #3||2016|
|9||Rivers of London: Night Witch #4||2016|
|10||Rivers of London: Night Witch #5||2016|
|11||Rivers of London: Black Mould #1||2016|
|12||Rivers of London: Black Mould #2||2016|
The novels follow the adventures of Peter Grant, a youthful officer with the London Metropolitan Police. After an unexpected encounter with a ghost, he has been tapped into a secret department in the Metropolitan Police department that works on cases suspected to involve the supernatural.
The first novel in the series, introduces Peter Grant as an ordinary constable going about his regular police duties with the Metropolitan Police. His main concern is to avoid being transferred to a desk assignment, and to get a local girl to fall for him. All this is to change when one night; he tries to get a witness statement from a dead man that was extraordinarily talkative.
His efforts do not go unnoticed, as Chief Inspector Nightingale, known fondly to his colleagues as the last wizard of England takes him under his wing. As Nightingale’s trainee wizard, Grant is charged with bringing order out chaos. It is not long before digging up graves in Covent Garden, dealing with vampires and negotiating cease-fires between the warring goddess and god of the Thames become routine. What comes next is a gruesome twist of a tale of a vengeful spirit that rampages through the suburbs of London terrorizing residents.
RIVERS OF LONDON AWARDS
The Rivers of London series has been nominated for and won several awards over the years. The first novel in the series, Rivers of London made the shortlist for the Children of the Night Award by The Dracula Society. The novel was also nominated for Best New Writer of the Year category at the Galaxy National Book Awards. The Czech version won the Horror/Best Fantasy Novel of the Year from the Czech Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. The German version of the third novel in the series, Whispers Underground, won the Readers Choice award Der Leserpreis.
RIVERS OF LONDON BOOKS INTO TV/MOVIES
In 2013, Feel films in conjunction with the BBC announced that they would be adapting the Rivers of London series of novels into a TV series. The series will be produced by Nick Hirschkorn with Ben Aaronovitch as head writer. While the cast is yet to be confirmed, Aaronovitch has asserted that his preference for the chief protagonist would be Paul McGann. No stranger to TV production himself having been heavily involved in the production of Dr. Who, Aaronovitch has asserted that the production team aim to make an explosive series that will knock off people’s socks just a the novel did.
BEST RIVERS OF LONDON BOOKS
The highly popular first novel of the Rivers of London series was definitely the best in the series with numerous awards, nominations and a movie to boot.
Hanging Tree: The sixth novel of the Rivers of London series is one of the very best novels by Ben Aaronovitch. Set in the seemingly never changing Oxford, the novel takes place in the Mayfair Mansions. All of the characters from the first novel, including Peter Grant, the Nightingale, the spirits, ghosts, and river gods all make an appearance. Never one to investigate suspicious deaths, he is forced to intervene when there is a murder implicating Lady Ty’s daughter is reported in London’s most exclusive apartment blocks. Now operating in an alien world of the mega rich, where arcane and dangerous items exchange items in open market, would our irascible Peter Grant be able to keep his nose clean?
Foxglove Summer: This is another highly popular novel in the Rivers of London series that you just have to read. Transferred to a small Herefordshire village, Peter Grant finds himself having to battle with local gods and cops that will just not believe that supernatural forces might be involved in the disappearance of children in the town.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE
If you loved the Rivers of London series, then you will find “The Chcquy Files” series by Daniel O’Malley highly entertaining. The lead is a high-ranking female in a paranormal organization who suddenly loses her memory similar to the character in the Jason Bourne novels. She now has to bluff her way until she gets her memory back or finds out what went wrong before she loses it.
Fans of the Rivers of London series also love “The Iron Druid Chronicles” series. These novels feature Atticus O’Sullivan a 200-year-old Druid, who poses as a 21-year-old shop owner in modern day Arizona. It comes with all the supernatural characters such as Celtic gods and goddesses, werewolves, vampires, and witches that make for quite an interesting and thrilling narrative.