‘Broken Homes’ by Ben Aaronovitch

Paperback Review

Finished on 1/2/2019



Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Crime, Peter Grant

Similar books: Dresden Files, Iron Druid

Highly Recommended Urban Fantasy Goodness

Spoiler-ific review

I’ve chosen to read through the Peter Grant series because I’m having so much fun with it. If you’re curious, start with book 1 ‘Midnight Riot(US)’ or ‘Rivers of London(UK).’

I’m really enjoying this series so far. This is book 4 in a seven book series (so far). Set in a colorful and slightly seedy modern-day London where anthropomorphic river gods hobnob with faeries and wizards. In a world where magic is resurgent after a long decline, the Metropolitan Police are doing their best to keep the lid on news that magic is not only real, but also wants to eat you.

‘Broken Homes’ is about an investigation into an old German sorcerer’s mad experiments in an ancient British project apartment. The sorcerer is long dead, but his research is now coveted by both the nefarious sorcerer ‘Faceless Man’ as well as our heroes Peter Grant, Thomas and Leslie. Whoever gains the research will be able to industrially produce magic on a scale unheard of since WWII.

Characters: They were good, but not as vibrant as they were in books 1 & 2. (I haven’t read book 3 yet.) That said, the characters undergo a ton of character development in this book so what this book lacks in wacky characters it makes up for in solid character changes. The author also includes several severely dark character moments which serve to bring the light parts of the story into focus.

Plot: It had a good plot, but I’m not sure where this is going in the greater-scope of the series as a whole.

Pacing: Fast. I finished it in one day. Not too fast, for the author included several slower character-focused moments to slow things down when the story got too fast.

Net total, a worthy addition to the series.


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