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.

night-witchTitleNight Witch
AuthorBen Aaronovitch
SeriesRivers of London, Vol 2/Book 5.1
Publish Date: December 13, 2016, Titan
Genre: Urban Fantasy graphic novel
Source: Purchased

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_100Invested 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.

badge4v5Once 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.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Check out the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka, the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey, or the Asylum Tales series by Jocelynn Drake.


About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

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