Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆
It’s a sad fact of modern life that if you drive long enough, sooner or later you must leave London behind.
The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.
Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.
Rating: 2.5 Stars ★★★☆☆
The rue du Coq d’Or, Paris, seven in the morning.
As a young man living in Paris, George Orwell finds himself struggling to survive with very limited resources. This memoir chronicles his time among the poor in Paris, and his drudging work as a dishwasher in a Paris hotel. Later, he recounts the time he spent living among the vagabonds in London.
Rating: 4 Stars
Kell is an Antari, a Mage with the ability to pass between worlds. He’s in the service of the Red Throne, monarchs of a world thriving with magic. But he also has a secret: Despite being forbidden, he smuggles items from one world into the other.
When one of the items he carries turns out to be incredibly dangerous, he has to run. And he runs straight into Lila Bard: pickpocket, wanted bandit and would-be pirate.
Together, they have to return the stone where it came from and save the worlds from danger.
Rating: 3 Stars
Before I am born, my mother goes to the circus.
Eve is the Lion-Faced Girl, covered from birth in fur, yearning for a happy relationship, married to the erratic Professor Arroner. Abel is the Man with No Memories, the Flayed Man, who can cut but never heal and who is desperately trying to find out who and what he is. In Professor Arroner’s Palace of Curiosities, the fates of Eve and Abel intertwine.
Rating: 4 Stars
It started at one thirty on a cold Tuesday morning in January when Martin Turner, street performer and, in his own words, apprentice gigolo, tripped over a body on front of the West Portico of St Paul’s at Covent Garden.
PC Peter Grant dreams of joining the Murder Squad in London. His superiors, however, see him inputting data, spending his time behind a desk. Things change, when, while guarding the murder site where a man was gruesomely beheaded, a witness comes forward to talk to him. Unfortunately, said witness is a ghost. Fortunately, this gains him the attention of Inspector Thomas Nightingale, tasked with investigating crimes in which magic or the supernatural is involved.
Soon Peter Grant finds himself in a world in which magic exists, strange creatures haunt the night and river gods walk around, hunting a murderous magic user.