Out Now: THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN by Sylvia Hunter


The paperback edition of Sylvia Hunter‘s THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is out today in the UK! Published by Allison & Busby, here’s the synopsis…

Gray Marshall’s Britain is a fragmented kingdom of many tongues, many gods and many magics. But all that concerns Gray is returning as soon as possible to his studies at Merlin College, Oxford and setting right the nightmare that has seen him disgraced and banished to his tutor’s home.

Sophie Callender may not have magic herself and a father who forbids his daughters a magical education, but her bookish rebellion and growing friendship with Gray are the first steps of a journey. A journey that will involve them in a conspiracy at the heart of the kingdom and into the legend of a young queen who vanished without a trace years before.

THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is the first novel in the fantasy trilogy of the same name. Allison & Busby have also published the other two books in the series: LADY OF MAGICK and A SEASON OF SPELLS.

‘The history of her world is not the usual stuff … If Hunter can be this inventive in her first novel, I can’t wait to see what she does next.’  —  Marie Brennan, author of Memoirs of Lady Trent series

‘In THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Izzo Hunter pulls from a multitude of mystical tales and myths to create her own magical version of Britain that is both innovative and intriguing. The plot is creative and suspenseful — and never predictable. Your affection for the dynamic heroes will only grow as Hunter’s characters face challenge after unexpected challenge. The MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a novel that readers will be unable to put down.’ RT Book Reviews

THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is, above all else, a powerfully atmospheric novel, and a huge reason why is because of Hunter’s writing….The atmosphere is incredible, and the characters are fantastically believable and delightfully developed… THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a love story that will warm your heart, and a story of magic and struggle, truth and might, in the face of all odds, with some stunning writing that will really hook readers and brings them into the colorful world that Hunter has created.’ Bookworm Blues 

‘A great fantasy introductory book… THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN sets up a storyline with intrigue, magic and romance…[that is] a really fun ride.’ Seattle Geekly

Zeno represents Sylvia Hunter in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Paperback edition of THE HANGING TREE out now in the UK


It’s a busy week for Ben Aaronovitch. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s release of DETECTIVE STORIES #2, today sees the publication of THE HANGING TREE in paperback! Published by Gollancz, 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…

THE HANGING TREE has been published in the US by DAW Books, and in Germany by DTV.

RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD Forbidden Planet Exclusive out tomorrow!


Tomorrow, Forbidden Planet will have an exclusive, signed edition of the RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD collected edition! Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Carmel, here’s the synopsis…

CSI meets Harry Potter in this fantastic new graphic novel from Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the bestselling Rivers of London novel series!

Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not the usual stuff, this mould is possessed by some dark power full of bad intentions.

Looks like it’s another case for London’s one and only trainee wizard cop, Police Constable Peter Grant, and his reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed!

BLACK MOULD and the first two comic series, BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH, are all part of Ben’s best-selling Peter Grant urban fantasy series, and published by Titan Comics.

The series novels are published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6) in the US, and widely in translation. The whole series is also available in audio, narrated by Holdbrook-Smith. The next book in the series will be THE FURTHEST STATION, the first novella in the series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Subterranean Press in the US.

A Rare Interview of Cunning Aaronovitch…


To celebrate the recent(ish) release of Ben Aaronovitch‘s new audio short story, A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICES, Audible has shared an interview with the author and series narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Set in Ben’s Peter Grant series, here’s the synopsis…

Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss — and we’re not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn’t looking forward to finding out…

Best of all, A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE is free!

The Peter Grant series is published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6) in the US, and widely in translation. The whole series is also available in audio, narrated by Holdbrook-Smith. The next book in the series will be THE FURTHEST STATION, the first novella in the series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Subterranean Press in the US.

Charlie Human KILLs BAXTER in Germany


KILL BAXTER, he second novel in Charlie Human‘s critically-acclaimed Baxter Zevcenko series, is out today in Germany! Published by Tor Germany/Fischer Verlage as KILL BAXTER: SHOWDOWN IN CAPE TOWN, here’s the synopsis…

Als Nachfahre südafrikanischer Mystiker hat Baxter die Kräfte seiner Ahnen geerbt. Um zu lernen, wie man damit umgeht, wird er nach Hexpoort verfrachtet, einer Schule für magisch begabte Teenager in der Nähe von Kapstadt, die verdächtig an Hogwarts erinnert (allerdings mit mehr Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll und schnellerem W-Lan). Doch das Leben als Zauberschüler ist alles andere als einfach. Dass er vom hiesigen Auserwählten schikaniert wird und es im Unterricht einfach nicht bringt, gehört noch zu seinen kleineren Problemen: Richtig schlimm wird es erst, als die Schule angegriffen wird und sein alter Freund Ronin auftaucht, um ihm aus der Patsche zu helfen…

Tor Germany has also published APOCALYPSE NOW NOW, the first novel in the series.

Both novels have been published in the UK by Arrow, and in the US by Titan Books (covers below). The first novel has also been published widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis for KILL BAXTER

AND HE THOUGHT THE HARD PART WAS OVER…

The world has been massively unappreciative of sixteen-year-old Baxter Zevcenko. His bloodline may be a combination of ancient Boer mystic and giant shape-shifting crow, and he may have won an inter-dimensional battle and saved the world, but does anyone care? No.

Instead he’s packed off to Hexpoort, a magical training school that’s part reformatory, part military school, and just like Hogwarts (except with sex, drugs, and better internet access). The problem is that Baxter sucks at magic. He’s also desperately attempting to control his new ability to dreamwalk, all the while being singled out by the school’s resident bully, who just so happens to be the Chosen One.

But when the school comes under attack, Baxter needs to forget all that and step into action. The only way is joining forces with his favourite recovering alcoholic of a supernatural bounty hunter, Ronin, to try and save the world from the apocalypse. Again.

Here’s some of that aforementioned critical acclaim…

‘Think Lauren Beukes meets Neil Gaiman, with bounty hunters.’ Wired (UK)

‘It’s mad, dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted in all the right ways.’ Lauren Beukes on APOCALYPSE NOW NOW

‘I don’t even know how to describe reading this book, so just look at my wide eyes and my silently mumbling mouth and take my shell-shock as a good sign that you need to read this book right now.’ Chuck Wendig on APOCALYPSE NOW NOW

‘With a wild imagination and savage glee, Charlie Human throws us into a school yard battle zone that’s part teenage wasteland, part Lovecraft fever dream. Rock and Roll High School meets the apocalypse.’ Richard Kadrey on APOCALYPSE NOW NOW

‘Brilliantly entertaining.’ British Fantasy Society

‘A riot — a firebomb of a novel, exploding with sick humour, violence and depravity… it’s never less than very funny, and the ongoing question of Baxter’s sanity adds a degree of mystery. There’s warmth here, too – you’ll likely feel sympathy for Bax by the end.’ SFX Magazine on APOCALYPSE NOW NOW

‘Like its predecessor, KILL BAXTER is laugh out loud funny and fiendishly creative. The anti-Hogwarts of Hexpoort gives Human the opportunity to riff more directly on pop culture, but so do the porn addict support groups, pretentious fashion shows and possessed nerds. The further we delve into the supernatural world and its politics, with its psychotic fairies and violent luckdragons, the more engrossing the book becomes. Baxter himself is as entertaining a companion as ever, struggling with heartbreak and desperately trying to go against his own nature and be a good person, even as he travels through his own psyche with his psychosexual development funk band guides to fulfil his potential… tighter and more focused, and just as gloriously insane. Dark, mad, imaginative, and hilarious; KILL BAXTER is a joy.’ SciFiNow

‘Just as the author punctures holes in the twee/charming class system of magical boarding schools, Human also goes after many of the other traditions of epic fantasy. The warrior-mages of KILL BAXTER struggle with PTSD. The “rescued” girlfriends don’t feel particularly swoony or appreciative. The quest to master “the power within” involves a funk band. Baxter himself sees himself as the center of the universe (saviour for all, chosen one, etc. etc.) – but is also wise enough to seek out professional therapy for that sensation. APOCALYPSE NOW NOW was a very clever, extremely dark book with an underpinning of real insight into the teenage mind. KILL BAXTER is a step beyond – a viciously sharp adventure that combines explosive entertainment with cutting satire; the best traditions of contemporary fantasy with the truth of what it actually means to be contemporary. The odd book that should appeal to those who love fantasy and those that hate it. And I would heartily recommend it either way.’ Pornokitsch

‘The antidote to Harry Potter is back… a lively elaboration of the mad as pants brand of South African urban fantasy advanced in APOCALYPSE NOW NOW…  everything Human’s debut did well, KILL BAXTER does better… the setting, again, is superlative… the way in which South African folklore figures into the fiction is fantastic—the dreamwalking bits are abundantly brilliant — and KILL BAXTER is a markedly more brutal book… more than a match for Charlie Human’s addictive debut. This, then, is urban fantasy on magical meth. You will want more.’ Tor.com

E.J. Swift’s PARIS ADRIFT coming soon!


We’re happy to report that Solaris has acquired World English rights for E.J. Swift‘s new novel, PARIS ADRIFT!

Swift, whose short fiction has appeared in Solaris anthologies, including The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories and the forthcoming Infinity Wars, fell in love with Paris while spending time travelling and working there. PARIS ADRIFT paints a vivid picture of the city, and places a captivating science fiction story at its heart.

Above you can see the stunning artwork by internationally-acclaimed artist Joey Hi-Fi, which will grace the novel.

‘E.J. Swift’s extraordinarily rich time travel novel is a real treat of a read,’ said Solaris Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver. ‘Paris is evoked in all it grubby yet shiny glory, and the characters will make you fall in love with this city, its past and its misfits. An extraordinary accomplishment, bringing to mind the work of authors such as Claire North and Audrey Niffenegger.’

E.J. Swift said this about the deal: ‘I’m delighted that Solaris will be publishing PARIS ADRIFT next year. They are a fantastic team and I’m very much looking forward to working with them over the coming months. The city of the title is close to my heart, and I can’t wait for readers to join Hallie – and her bartending friends – as she is unwittingly thrust into a journey that will take her through the city’s turbulent past and possible futures, forcing her to come to terms with love, loss and her own precarious sense of self.’

Swift is the author of the critically-acclaimed Osiris Project trilogy: OSIRIS, CATAVEIRO and TAMARUQ. The trilogy is published in the UK by Del Rey, and is available in the US via the JABberwocky eBook Program.

A SEASON OF SPELLS begins tomorrow in the UK…


Sylvia Hunter‘s third Midnight Queen novel, A SEASON OF SPELLS is out tomorrow in the UK! Published by Allison & Busby, here’s the synopsis…

Sophie and Gray Marshall must save the Kingdom of Britain from a tide of dark magic…

After three years of study at the University in Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. When sparks fail to fly between the pair, it is an inauspicious start, and when the traitors who tried to poison King Henry escape from prison, the alliance seems to be on shaky ground indeed. 

In an attempt to forge a connection between Lucia and Roland, Sophie enlists them in her scheme to reopen the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. But the future of the college and of the kingdom itself is put in the balance by a deadly contest between Sophie’s group and enemies at Britain’s gates.

Allison & Busby have also published the first two novels in the series: THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN and LADY OF MAGICK.

‘Hunter’s characters and setting feel fully formed, and the story moves briskly through its twists and turns. This compelling blend of fantasy, intrigue, and Regency romance adds up to a thoroughly satisfying adventure.’Publishers Weekly on A SEASON OF SPELLS

‘In THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Izzo Hunter pulls from a multitude of mystical tales and myths to create her own magical version of Britain that is both innovative and intriguing. The plot is creative and suspenseful — and never predictable. Your affection for the dynamic heroes will only grow as Hunter’s characters face challenge after unexpected challenge. THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a novel that readers will be unable to put down.’RT Book Reviews

‘A well-balanced blend of fantasy with a historical fiction-type setting, overlaid with a story laced with a heavy dose of the kind of chaste, slow-burn romance one might find in a traditional Regency novel… THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a very beautiful, very atmospheric novel about young love.’Bibliosanctum

‘Entertaining… Sophie and Joanna play central roles, which will delight fans of strong women. Hunter’s charming world, just a few steps off-center of our own, continues to offer many possibilities for future adventure.’Publishers Weekly on LADY OF MAGICK

Zeno represents Sylvia Hunter in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Titan Unleashes the HELL-HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES…


Today, the second novel in G.S. Denning‘s Warlock Holmes series hits shelves! Published by Titan Books, here’s the synopsis for THE HELL-HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

The game’s afoot once more as Holmes and Watson face off against Moriarty’s gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a disappointing butler demon, a succubus, a wicked lord, an overly-Canadian lord, a tricycle-fight to the death and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hell hound, one assumes.

The first novel in the series, A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE is also published by Titan Books. Here are some of the great reviews the first novel has received so far…

‘Douglas Adams meets Arthur Conan Doyle in this delightfully absurd collection of six cases… hilarious.’Publishers Weekly

‘The characters are so likable that they can pause their absurd antics to contemplate prejudice and privilege without missing a beat or falling out of their outrageous world. Denning has a knack for smooth writing that carries the action along and a keen sense for how to set up a joke. He imagines his world with gusto, lavishing the reader with hilarious details like Holmes’ accordion playing and a gang of Baker Street Irregulars made up of horrifying were-rats… Funny, clever, and entertaining.’Kirkus

Some ideas are so obvious and clever that you wonder why it’s taken the world so long to come up with them… Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone is clever and funny supernatural silliness. Dennings has twisted and warped Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s world, to make it strange and sinisterly magical, and yet he’s somehow managed to preserve the core charm of the original stories… If you ever wondered how much better Sherlock’s would be if people could hurl hellfire at each other, well this one is for you.’Starburst

‘As with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, much of Denning’s shtick revolves around finding new riffs on Arthur Conan Doyle’s original tales. But rather than simply trading up the spyglass for a smartphone, WARLOCK HOLMES goes balls out by, for example, presenting the Baker Street Irregulars as shape-shifting rats and Inspector Lestrade as a vampire who drinks neat nosebleed.’ SFX

Zeno represents G.S. Denning in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

BROKEN HOMES out now in Taiwan!


The fourth novel in Ben Aaronovitch‘s best-selling Peter Grant series, BROKEN HOMES is out now in Taiwan! Published by 馬可孛羅文化事業 as 天空塔 黑巫再現. Here’s the synopsis…

地底城事件結束後,納丁格爾與他的學徒彼得.葛蘭特體認到,黑魔法師無臉男的勢力已經擴張到他們難以察覺的深處,無論這位黑魔法師真正的目的為何,徹查所有的小鱷魚名單、找出無臉男的真實身分,絕對是當務之急。因此,即便是一樁看似簡單的交通意外,也不能錯過任何線索。

彼得的直覺沒錯,小鱷魚成員的交通意外演變為一件毀屍滅跡的凶殺案;不久之後,竟有第二名可疑的小鱷魚成員在地鐵站內跳軌自殺。一具屍體或許只是意外,但兩具屍體就不可能只是巧合,而且一定與無臉男有關。

為了化被動為主動,彼得決定設下誘餌引無臉男出現,沒想到出現的卻是令他們意想不到的另一個熟面孔,死去的伍德維爾.詹托的看護──凡倫卡,來自俄羅斯的魔法學徒,危險度極高的暗夜女巫。

現在,倫敦有兩名出手凶狠的非法巫師逍遙法外了。最令人擔心的是,暗夜女巫是否與黑魔法師相互聯手?小鱷魚的命案又是何人所為?此時,彼得追查到一本遭竊的德國魔法書,屬於瘋狂建築師艾瑞克.史騰堡所有,更進一步發現這些喪命的死者,都與史騰堡所蓋的空中花園大樓有關…

高掛空中的冠冕,點亮城市的火炬,魔法與工業的結合,是不切實際的空想,還是真實存在的世紀之作?

The first three novels in the series have also been published in Taiwan: RIVERS OF LONDON (倫敦河 惡靈騷動), MOON OVER SOHO (蘇活月 爵士魅影) and WHISPERS UNDERGROUND (地底城 魔法暗湧).

The series is published by Gollancz in the UK, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). Here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

Ben Aaronovitch’s PROKLETÉ DOMOVY out now!


BROKEN HOMES, Ben Aaronovitch‘s fourth Peter Grant novel, is out now in Czech! Published by Argo as PROKLETÉ DOMOVY, here’s the synopsis…

Začíná to jako obvykle – mrtvolou. Ale kdo v tom má tentokrát prsty? Běžný sériový vrah, nebo společník zvráceného kouzelníka známého pod přezdívkou Muž bez tváře? Než se policejní konstábl Peter Grant v novém případu zorientuje, pod soupravu metra vkročí londýnský urbanista a zmizí jistý starobylý grimoár. V Londýně nic neobvyklého. Ale pak se k Peterovi donesou zvěsti o prazvláštních událostech v oblasti Elephant and Castle, které se točí kolem věžáku navrženého bláznem, postaveného šarlatány a obývaného těmi největšími zoufalci. Mají tyto skutečnosti nějakou spojitost? A pokud ano, proč k nim proboha muselo dojít až na jižním břehu Temže, kde jindy chcípnul pes? Promiň, Toby.

Published in the UK by Gollancz and the US by DAW Books, here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

The Peter Grant series is currently at six novels, three comic series, an audio-exclusive short story, and an upcoming novella.

Surprise new Peter Grant audio short story! A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE out now!


Sunday Times best-selling author and Doctor Who screenwriting alum, Ben Aaronovitch has teamed up with Audible for the release of A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE! This is an audio-exclusive short story set in the world of his beloved Peter Grant/Rivers of London series after the latest novel, THE HANGING TREE.

Narrated by the ever-brilliant Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (who has narrated the whole series thus far), here’s the synopsis…

Supernatural investigator PC Peter Grant examines a multitude of mysterious goings on at the British Library. Called in to handle an apparent poltergeist, Grant must hunt among towering stacks of books and the library’s many shadowy basements to uncover who (or what) is causing priceless manuscripts to disappear from their shelves.

How could anyone resist setting a story amongst one of the world’s greatest concentration of culture and knowledge?’ Ben says of the story, which takes listeners behind the scenes of the second largest book collection in the world, and one London’s most treasured cultural institutions (with 625 km of shelves!).

Proceeds from the project will be donated to Cityread London, a charity that works to celebrate and support the capital’s libraries through a month-long programme of book groups, screening and events taking place throughout April each year. Ben’s debut, RIVERS OF LONDON, was the Cityread London spotlight title in 2015.

‘Audio offers enormous potential for authors and creators to explore the expanded universe of their favourite sagas,’ said Tracey Markham, UK Country Manager at Audible. ‘We’re always looking for ways to support original audio storytelling and have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ben on such a captivating short story. Having sponsored Cityread London for a number of years, we’re proud to continue championing such a worthwhile cause through Ben’s remarkable writing.’

The whole Peter Grant series – which has sold more than a million copies worldwide, and has been optioned for TV by Feel Films – is available on Audible. The books are published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and has been published widely in translation.

THE FURTHEST STATION, a novella and the next book in the series, is due to be published on 21st September, by Gollancz and Subterranean Press.

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.

Ben Aaronovitch’s BROKEN HOMES out now in Czech!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s fourth Peter Grant novel is now available in Czech! Published by Argo as PROKLETÉ DOMOVY, here’s the synopsis…

Začíná to jako obvykle – mrtvolou. Ale kdo v tom má tentokrát prsty? Běžný sériový vrah, nebo společník zvráceného kouzelníka známého pod přezdívkou Muž bez tváře? Než se policejní konstábl Peter Grant v novém případu zorientuje, pod soupravu metra vkročí londýnský urbanista a zmizí jistý starobylý grimoár. V Londýně nic neobvyklého. Ale pak se k Peterovi donesou zvěsti o prazvláštních událostech v oblasti Elephant and Castle točících se kolem věžáku navrženého bláznem, postaveného šarlatány a obývaného těmi největšími zoufalci. Mají tyto skutečnosti nějakou spojitost? A pokud ano, proč k nim proboha muselo dojít až na jižním břehu Temže, kde jindy chcípnul pes? Promiň Toby.

Argo also publish the first three novels in the series.

BROKEN HOMES is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by DAW Books, and has been published widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil — an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

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.