Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich ~ book review

Midnight Riotby Ben Aaronovitch
Series:Peter Grant #1
Published byRandom House Publishing Group on February 1st 2011
Genres:Urban Fantasy
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.From the Paperback edition.

POV: First Person

Tense: Past

Setting: London

Sexual Content: none

I was really looking forward to reading this series. I loved the idea of a London cop becoming a wizard. Unfortunately, the delivery of the story was so dry and long-winded, I had a hard time getting through the book.

The opening line is a run-on sentence. This should have been a red flag for me. As I read the book, I found that the author’s style is like that. Long paragraphs, long sentences, and long chapters. There were also long gaps of time where nothing happened, which made me feel like the story’s goal wasn’t very important. It lacked urgency.

The reason I said that the writing was dry is the way it felt like events were being reported. In some places, I experienced the events, but in other places, I felt like I was watching from the outside.

One redeeming aspect of the novel was the amount of action. The story caught my interest at the beginning with the details of the crime scene and the decapitated victim. Then, I got interested in the ghost who witnessed the crime.

Overall, MIDNIGHT RIOT did not meet my expectations. It had a great premise and original worldbuilding (like the rivers being corporeal gods). I just thought it was too slow moving and dull at times.

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