Covering the Collected BLACK MOULD…


Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s critically-acclaimed third Rivers of London comic series, BLACK MOULD will be published by Titan Comics in a collected edition next month! Above you can see the cover, and here’s the synopsis…

It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there’s something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times.

The cover and series artwork is by the always-excellent Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero.

In the continuity of the larger Peter Grant series, BLACK MOULD falls between the fifth novel FOXGLOVE SUMMER and the NIGHT WITCH comic series, and the upcoming THE FURTHEST STATION novella and the recently-released sixth novel THE HANING TREE. (Ben has a full continuity on his website.)

The Peter Grant novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). The Rivers of London comics are published by Titan Comics.

Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series has been nominated for a Hugo!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Peter Grant series has been nominated for a Hugo Award in the Best Series category!

The series is currently comprised of RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. The series is published by Gollancz in the UK, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). The novels have also been widely published in translation. A new novella, THE FURTHEST STATION is out later this year, published by Gollancz (UK) and Subterranean Press (US). Ben is also writing an ongoing comic series with Andrew Cartmel, published by Titan Comics.

Here’s the synopsis for the first novel in the series…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

Winners of the awards will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11th.

RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #5 out today!


The concluding issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD comic series is out today! Published by Titan Comics in print and digital, here’s the synopsis…

London’s only trainee wizard cop, PC Peter Grant, has faced many strange and unusual foes, but confronting a sentient, vengeful black mould in the guise a form jazz musician?

That has to be a new one!

Titan Comics has also published the first two Rivers of London comic series — BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH — both of which are now available as collected editions.

The BLACK MOULD comic series is set between the fifth and sixth Peter Grant novels: FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. Both novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by DAW Books.

Peter Grant heads to THE FURTHEST STATION…


This September, Gollancz is will be publishing THE FURTHEST STATION, a brand new hardback novella in the bestselling Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch! The novella will be available a little earlier in the US, as Subterranean Press will be releasing two limited editions in June! Here’s the synopsis…

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

THE FURTHEST STATION is Ben’s first novella starring PC Peter Grant. The unabridged audio edition – read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (who has narrated all of the UK audiobook editions for the series) – and eBook edition will be published simultaneously in the UK.

Here’s what Ben had to say about the book: ‘This is my first novella and I suddenly understood the appeal of the form to both writers and readers. Novellas allow you to tell a story in a very elegant, streamlined fashion. Something you can read quickly but without feeling cheated at the end. I may write more.’

Gollancz has published all of the novels in the series to date in the UK: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. In the US, Del Rey has published the first three novels, and DAW Books has published books four to six. The series has been published in Germany by DTV, in France by J’ai Lu, and extensively in other territories. (See Ben’s author page for more information.)

Three Rivers of London comic series have been published by Titan Comics.

The BLACK MOULD continues to spread!


In case yesterday’s North American release of THE HANGING TREE wasn’t enough, today sees the release of RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #3! The third part of the third Rivers of London comic is published by Titan Comics. Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, here’s the synopsis…

Peter Grant: policeman, trainee wizard and now pest controller. Joined by fellow officer and Muslim ninja, Sahra Guleed, the two are trying to contain an outbreak of vindictive black mould that seems to be going after the rich and heartless.

But after a successful mission, the mould has penetrated the headquarters of London’s crime-fighting magical practitioners – The Folly – and the shitake is about to get real…

Artwork for the series is by Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero, and the cover (above) is by Rachael Stott. The issue will also be available with two variant covers, by Lee Sullivan and Lorena Assisi:

Titan Comics also publishes the first two Rivers of London series: BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH, which have been released as single-volume trade paperbacks:

Out today: RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #3


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Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s third Rivers of London series hits the half-way mark, as BLACK MOULD #3 is out today! Published by Titan Comics, here’s the synopsis…

It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there’s something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times.

#3: Full-time cop and trainee wizard PC Peter Grant finds himself knee-deep in shiitake when a virulent and apparently sentient black mould begins to drive people mad and, very soon, Peter finds himself with no mushroom to manoeuvre.

The first two series — BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH — have now been released as collected editions (print and digital), also published by Titan Comics.

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RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD is set between the fifth and sixth novels in the Peter Grant series: FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. Both are published in the UK by GollanczFOXGLOVE SUMMER is out now in the US (DAW Books), Germany (DTV) and France (J’ai Lu); THE HANGING TREE is due out via the same publishers in 2017.

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NIGHT WITCH Arrives in Bookstores!


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The collected edition of RIVERS OF LONDON: NIGHT WITCH arrives in bookstores today! The second comic series set in Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant series, it is published by Titan Comics. Here’s the synopsis…

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!

The collection is also available digitally, from your regular e-comics retailers.

NIGHT WITCH is set between the novels FOXGLOVE SUMMER and the recently-published THE HANGING TREE, both of which are published in the UK by Gollancz, and DAW Books in the US. The third Rivers of London comic series, BLACK MOULD, is currently being published on a monthly basis.

The six Peter Grant novels (to date) have all been published in the UK by Gollancz, in Germany by DTV, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). The series has also been published widely in translation.

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New Simplified Germany Edition of RIVERS OF LONDON


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A new edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling RIVERS OF LONDON is available in Germany. Published by Spaß am Lesen Verlag, DIE FLÜSSE VON LONDON is presented in a simplified German for younger readers. Here’s the synopsis…

Ein grausiger Mord, mitten in London. Am Tatort macht der junge Polizist Peter Grant eine Entdeckung. Der einzige Zeuge ist – ein Geist. Peter Grant wird Zauberlehrling. Im Dienst der Polizei jagt er den Mörder. Aber der Unbekannte schlägt zurück…

Da kommt er aus dem Schatten der Säule.

Er ist durchsichtig. Er sieht aus wie ein richtiger Mensch.

Aber er ist durchsichtig. Verdammt noch mal!

Ich kann durch ihn hindurchsehen.

The first in the Peter Grant urban fantasy series, all of which have (to date) been published in Germany by DTV. Here are the covers…

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RIVERS OF LONDON is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (as MIDNIGHT RIOT), and has been published widely in translation.

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RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #2 out now!


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Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s third Rivers of London comic series continues apace: BLACK MOULD #2 is published today by Titan Comics! Here’s the synopsis…

There’s a mould problem in South London. Not the usual stuff that smells funny and can be hell on the lungs. This mould is possessed by some dark power full of bad intentions and it’s another case for London’s one and only trainee wizard cop, PC Peter Grant!

Titan Comics also published the first two series — BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH. The first has already been published as a collected edition, while the second collection is due out later this month.

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Ben’s Peter Grant series, of which the Rivers of London comics are a part, are published in the UK by Gollancz; in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6); in Germany by DTV; and widely in translation. For more editions available, check out Ben’s author page.

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THE HANGING TREE is out tomorrow in the UK!


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The wait is almost over! Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated sixth Peter Grant novel is published tomorrow in the UK! THE HANGING TREE brings the action back to London after Peter’s adventure into the countryside in FOXGLOVE SUMMER. Published by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

Gollancz has published the whole Peter Grant series of novels to date in the UK: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE.

The series is published in the US by Del Rey (#1-3) and DAW Books (#4-6), and THE HANGING TREE will be published in North America in January 2017. The series has been published widely in translations — see Ben’s author page for more information. THE HANGING TREE is also scheduled to be published in Germany by DTV as DER GALGEN VON TYBURN, in February 2017.

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New Simplified German edition of RIVERS OF LONDON Available!


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There is a new Simplified German edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s best-selling RIVERS OF LONDON! Published by Spaß am Lesen Verlag as DIE FLÜSSE VON LONDON, here’s the synopsis…

Ein grausiger Mord, mitten in London. Am Tatort macht der junge Polizist Peter Grant eine Entdeckung. Der einzige Zeuge ist – ein Geist. Peter Grant wird Zauberlehrling. Im Dienst der Polizei jagt er den Mörder. Aber der Unbekannte schlägt zurück…

Da kommt er aus dem Schatten der Säule.

Er ist durchsichtig. Er sieht aus wie ein richtiger Mensch.

Aber er ist durchsichtig. Verdammt noch mal!

Ich kann durch ihn hindurchsehen.

The regular German edition of DIE FLÜSSE VON LONDON is published by DTV. DTV has published all of the Peter Grant novels to date in Germany: SCHWARZER MOND ÜBER SOHO, EIN WISPERN UNTER BAKER STREET, DER BÖSE ORT and FINGERHUT-SOMMER. The sixth novel is due to be published in 2017, as DER GALGEN VON TYBURN.

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RIVERS OF LONDON is published in the UK by Gollancz and in North America by Del Rey Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

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RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #1 Out Today!


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The first issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s third Rivers of London comic series is out today! BLACK MOULD is published in print and digital by Titan Comics, here’s the synopsis…

It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there’s something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times

Above is the primary cover, but the issue is also available in four variants covers:

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Titan Comics also published the first two series, BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH.

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BLACK MOULD is set between books five and six in the series, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE (out in November!). The novels are all published in the UK by Gollancz, and have been published widely abroad and in translation. For more details, please see Ben’s author page.

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THE HANGING TREE News!


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We have an update regarding Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated sixth novel, THE HANGING TREE! We are very happy to report that, as revealed recently, the book is now scheduled for a November 3rd release in the UK! Due to be published by Gollancz, it is the sixth instalment in the best-selling, critically-acclaimed Peter Grant urban fantasy series. Here’s the synopsis…

The sixth outing for PC Peter Grant in this bestselling series sees him back in London and facing up to the terrifying legacy of London’s hangings.

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

Gollancz’s publisher, Gillian Redfearn said of the news, THE HANGING TREE is fantastic – a mystery set in the heart of London and drawing on the city’s rich history and culture to add depth and a little London magic to a gripping story. It’s a treat to read, and a welcome early Christmas present for fans of Ben Aaronovitch and PC Peter Grant.’

An audiobook edition is due to be published on November 24th, 2016. It will be narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who has masterfully narrated the other novels.

The first five novels in the series have also been published in the UK by Gollancz: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. The series is published in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and has been published in Germany (DTV), France (J’ai Lu), and in a host of other languages. More details can be found on Ben’s author page, and also by getting in touch with us.

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Zeno Clients at GollanczFest 2016


2016_GollanczFest_logos_V2copyNext week, Gollancz is holding its latest Gollancz Festival in London and online. Zeno clients Ben Aaronovitch and Justina Robson are taking part in a few events on Saturday, September 17th, so we wanted to share that information here.

Saturday, 17th September:

  • Panel 3. Awards, huh? What are they good for? — 10am-1pm, at Foyles bookstore (107 Charing Cross Road)

Justina Robson is taking part in this discussion of awards, their role and impact.

  • Writers’ Day — 10am-1pm, at The Phoenix Artist Club (1 Phoenix St)

Ben Aaronovitch takes part in a morning of workshops and talks focused on the mechanics and skills needed by the modern writer.

  • Panel 4. Does Anyone Need a Wee? — 3pm-6pm, at Foyles bookstore

Ben Aaronovitch takes part in a panel discussing the logistics in fantasy.

  • Writers’ Day — 3pm-6pm, at The Phoenix Artist Club

Justina Robson takes part in the afternoon session of the workshops.

Ben Aaronovitch is the author of the critically-acclaimed, bestselling Peter Grant urban fantasy series: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and the upcoming THE HANGING TREE. All of these novels are published in the UK by Gollancz.

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Justina Robson is the author of, most recently, the critically-acclaimed GLORIOUS ANGELS, which is published by Gollancz. Her next novel is THE SWITCH, and is also due to be published by Gollancz (more details to come).

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Ben Aaronovitch’s RIVERS OF LONDON Coming Soon to Taiwan!


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Above is the rather eye-catching cover for Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novel, RIVERS OF LONDON. Due to be published on Tuesday (August 30th) by Marco Polo in Taiwan as 倫敦河惡靈騷動, here’s the synopsis…

倫敦,這座孕育出福爾摩斯與哈利波特的古老城市,由衷歡迎新一任冒險者彼得.葛蘭特,前來挖掘她的更多祕密…

「你是否在告訴我,倫敦警察廳有個祕密分部,專門負責鬼魂、食屍鬼、仙女、惡魔、女巫和法師、小精靈和小妖精…?」我說,「你可以在我說光這些超自然生物之前阻止我。」

「你根本連表面都還沒搔到。」納丁格爾督察長說。

「所以真的有魔法。所以你是個……什麼來著?」

「巫師。」

「像哈利波特那樣?」

「不是,」納丁格爾嘆了口氣,「我不是小說人物。」

寒冷週二的凌晨時分,柯芬園聖保羅教堂的西門廊前躺著一具沒有頭的屍體。就要結束實習工作、接下來將分派到倫敦警察廳所屬轄區警局的菜鳥彼得.葛蘭特,基於職責在案發現場盤問了一名衣著老派過時的矮小男子,沒想到對方竟一五一十細細陳述了案發經過,其內容可信度非常高,只不過彼得恐怕沒辦法將這段證詞呈報給調查小組──

誰會相信一個平凡人光揮舞一根球棒就能將被害者的頭敲飛?誰又能接受提供證詞的這位老先生,是個死了足足一百二十年、站在光線下整個人變透明的鬼魂?

不過彼得相信,對現代警察來說,「看得見不存在的事物」是個不可或缺的重要技能,沒想到納丁格爾督察長不但願意接受這聽起來像胡謅的說法,還將彼得納入警察廳內最神祕的特殊犯罪部,聯手調查這樁超自然色彩濃厚的謀殺案。

在這個魔法捲土重來、惡靈騷動再起的時刻,暴力與叛亂已在古老的倫敦城內甦醒,想要解決一連串的詭譎怪案,還得有點福爾摩斯的腦袋與哈利波特的能力才行…

面對潛藏在混亂世界中的未知敵人與蠢動危機,

英國的首都、全歐洲最大的城市、由羅馬人建立的倫敦城,

只能仰賴彼得.葛蘭特這位非典型警察來拯救了!

RIVERS OF LONDON is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (as MIDNIGHT RIOT). The novel has also been published widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

Gollancz has published the first five novels in the series, and is due to publish the sixth novel in the new year.

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