Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch- Book review

Here is my review of Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronvitch ,the next instalment in the Rivers of London- interesting urban fantasy with humour,action, and magic.

Genre : Urban Fantasy

Series: Rivers Of London

Source; My own

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 celebrity punch-up.
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.

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Review

Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit are back and Peter has a new trainee to train, a wife expecting twins while dealing with an avenging angel of sorts.

The Ninth instalment in the Rivers of London series was one of the books I really wanted to read in 2022 and I wasn’t disappointed. Reading Amongst our Weapons felt like slipping on an old, comfortable sweater at the start of winter – familiar with its humour, realistic romance, action, world-building and strong women. But there was a feel of something new. Peter in this book is growing up he is now training up a new recruit, more manager than follower and is about to become the father of twins.

I have seen this book described as a being in the detective genre, but the underlying murder mystery is quickly solved and Peter spends the rest of the book discovering a whole new magical society. The book has a range of diverse characters that never feel they have been shunted in but never shies away from the real effects of racism that is present in everyday life ( but this tempered with humour

I have read all the books in this series so far, and it was good to see 

old characters from the first book but Ben Aaronovitch is a skilled writer and weaves enough information about the important characters, so I think anyone could read this book without having read all the other eight books. In fact, I haven’t read the novellas or graphic novels that complement these books, but this made no difference.

My only nit-picking comment would be considered Manchester the north ( there is so much more North beyond Manchester!)

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read an interesting urban fantasy with strong, funny characters without descriptions of graphic violence and with a general sense of optimism.

Content warning

References to torture and childbirth.

Perfect for Fans of

The Fetch Phillips series, (click here for review) or The Dresden Files( click for review)

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