Rivers of London, Vol. 2: Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch
Welcome to Saturday Shorts, in which we review shorter works such as short stories, novellas, middle-grade books, and graphic novels. Night Witch is the second original story in graphic novel format in the Rivers of London/PC Peter Grant series. It takes place before both the upcoming third graphic novel, Black Mould, and before the sixth full novel, The Hanging Tree.
Publisher’s Description: Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London’s only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature – and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems! An all-new story that takes place before the new Rivers of London novel – The Hanging Tree!
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Invested Ivana says…
The second graphic novel sends Peter and Nightingale on the hunt for a child kidnapper, but they also end up tangling with Leslie May and the Faceless Man.
I liked this story, but I will caution that it’s not as good an introduction to the series a Body Work. There is a lot going on in Night Witch that isn’t fully explained, so you’ll want to read this in order with the novels. It took me rereading a few sections to get the story straight at times.
I really appreciate the way the art ensures that Toby, the terrier from book one, is part of the story. He doesn’t have a role to play in this story as he did in Midnight Riot, but he’s always included in the story. There is also a hilarious bit with Beverly Brook in this novel that is priceless.
Once again, the trade contains several one-page shorts at the end of the book. They are just as cute and clever a those in Body Work and are probably my favorite part of these trades.
If you are a fan of the series, I certainly recommend picking up this graphic novel.
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