Book Review

Amongst Our Weapons

Amongst Our Weapons

  • Author: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2022
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Series: Rivers of London #9

Thank you to NetGalley and DAW for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

CONTENT WARNING: murder, gore, blood, torture, violence, mention of religious persecution

The ninth novel of the bestselling Rivers of London urban fantasy series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.

There is a world hidden underneath this great city.

The London Silver Vaults—for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a paparazzi convention.

Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace—only that’s what happened.

The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light, and memory loss amongst the witnesses all make this a case for Detective Constable Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit.

Alongside their boss DCI Thomas Nightingale, the SAU find themselves embroiled in a mystery that encompasses London’s tangled history, foreign lands and, most terrifying of all, the North!

And Peter must solve this case soon, because back home his partner Beverley is expecting twins any day now. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s about to encounter something—and somebody—that nobody ever expects…

Effortlessly original, endlessly inventive and hugely entertaining—step into the world of the much-loved, bestselling Rivers of London series.

This is the most amazing series and I have no idea how it flies under the radar, since I never hear anyone mentioning it! Well, except for the amazing friend who mentioned it to me. And since it’s one of those super underrated series, I honestly didn’t even know that the ninth book had come out, but I saw it on NetGalley and requested it without even looking at the release date. Which was in April of 2022—5 months ago. So I did what any reasonable book blogger does when I got approved, and dropped everything to reread all of the previous 8 books. Let me tell you, the audiobooks are FANTASTIC. It put me in the right frame of mind to start this, and it didn’t let me down.

Peter is about to become a father, but that doesn’t stop him from having responsibilities at work. He’s expanding the influence of the Folly, recruiting new officers and taking a hand in actively training them in the field. When we encounter him, he’s working with a new one, Danni. They’re checking out a new crime scene that appears to be Falcon-related (aka magic or weird bollocks, as the police like to call it). And it is, but it’s a tough one. 

As Peter gets drawn deeper into the case, he encounters magical powers like he’s never seen before, and as you can guess, he gets drawn into danger as usual. It’s concerning to the people around him, especially since he’s on the verge of fatherhood, and doesn’t seem to be taking that into account. 

But the mystery is fascinating. There’s action and it’s always interesting, especially as Peter continues his learning and increases his abilities. One thing I love about this series is that it never gets boring or formulaic. There’s always a lot going on, both in Peter’s personal life and his professional life. The story involves the case he’s working on, how it ties into the magical world, his research into spells and the past, Nightingale’s own personal history (especially at Ettersburg during WWII), everything going on in the demimonde and within Peter’s own personal circle of friends and family, as well as the loose end with Lesley May, who absolutely shows up. You know she wouldn’t stay away for long. 

Overall, I loved this book and felt like it was a strong addition to the series. Each one is a fresh and unique story, and this one is no different. This book is a bumpy ride full of action, magic, and risks, as Peter gets the last of his taste for danger out of his system before settling down into fatherhood and discovering what comes next for him and the Folly. Definitely a book (and series) not to miss, especially if you like urban fantasy with more than a little bit of dry humor with your crime solving.

People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn’t an upper limit.

Gasp Factor: 8

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