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Whispers Underground Ben Aaronovitch (book review) *contains spoilers*


Book: Whispers Underground
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Mystery
Published By: Gollancz
Published Year: 2012

My Review:
Continuing with the Peter Grant series I couldn't wait to start the third book. With the ending of the second book being so surprising and showing how there was an evil warlock who was also being in London it really made me hope that they would reveal more about them and wonder how Nightingale didn't know about them prior. Hoping for more answers this book excited me and had me looking forward to what was going to happen next.

Ben Aaronovitch seems to have become his own in his writing of this novel, with the character developments and feeling that his writing is becoming a lot easier to read than the previous books in this series. With the writing seeming to get better I found that this book was one in which really hooked me from the beginning and already part of the story and one with the characters. A thing thing in which I enjoyed about Whispers Underground was that it took place over the coarse of a week and that each day was sectioned as separate parts of the book, this showed how the different days came together and I found it really highlighted how fast this case was going. Showing the different kinds of supernatural creatures were also in London and how some were still undiscovered I thought was a really interesting aspect to the book and really made me excited about what other creatures could be alive and what else in this world there was to discover. With having also a magical market in which creatures and magicians were able to find rare artifacts was something in which shows how the community all come together and how they are able to put aside differences and socialise together with their also being a bar. Having the team also look into people who could have been Little Crocodiles (a secret group of trained magicians) I found to really show how determined they were to try and discover where the dark magician got his ability from and who trained him as well as they did. Adding a new character in which seems to be helping the Folly called Zach who is part fairy helped to show how they are getting more involved with the magical community and made me really hope that they bring in more characters who will help them in the fight against the dark magician. I did find that the ending with the fox saying to look across the other side of the river really helped to show that some people are willing to help but still want to be kept a secret and this made me really excited to read the next book in the series and see what is coming next.

The only thing about this book in which did bother me however was that there wasn't any of the dark magician and after the last book ended I was looking forward to seeing how their rivalry would continue. I thought by not showing anything about the dark magician it really slowed the book down and although it gets the reader excited to read more of the series to discover more I found that I was just frustrated to wait the whole book without finding out more about them.

Overall, I thought that Whispers Underground was a great addition to the Peter Grant series and a book in which I thought really brought me into the series more than the previous books did. I would recommend this to people who are fans of the series so far and those who are looking for a supernatural, crime book as I feel that this is able to be read also as a stand alone book. I would read this book again and I can't wait to see what happens next with the dark magician.

My Rating: 4/5 

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