Amongst Our Weapons (Rivers of London #9) by Ben Aaronovitch - Book Review

Write on: Tue, 26 Apr 2022 by  in Assaph's Reviews Read 505

The Rivers of London is a good series and I've enjoyed the previous volumes, so I was quite excited with new release.

What to Expect

Expect another typical Peter Grant supernatural crime blend, reading like a modern British police procedural novel except that the crimes (and police people) deal with magic. By now Aaronovitch is well into stride, and carries the series well with fluent writing and engaging characters.

This time it's about events set in motion during the Inquisition period of Spain. Aaronovitch concocts a wonderful blend of historical detail, modern policing method, and a demi-monde of the supernatural living just under the eyes of normal people.

What I liked

As the novel deals with events dating back to the inquisition, everything from the title onwards is steeped with pop references to Monty Python's sketch. Plenty of light-hearted jokes, action, and occasional serious moment keep this novel and series very entertaining.

What to be aware of

This is book 9 of the series, with established characters and background stories. It's nice to see Aaronovitch dropping hints about a larger arc (once the previous one has finished two books ago), but this really isn't the place to start.

Felix's Review

As usual, Felix is amazed by the concepts of modern policing. Considering his world had precious little law enforcement (and in fact he was often hired to deal with troublesome occult hooligans), he finds the full force of forensic and organised police method brought to bear on the supernatural world somewhere between exhilarating and frightening.


If you've read the series so far, so is definitely a good continuation. If not, why? Go back to Rivers of London and enjoy a standout urban fantasy.

Enjoying the reviews, but wondering who the heck is that Felix fellow? Glad you asked! He's the protagonist of the Togas, Daggers, and Magic series, an historical-fantasy blend of a paranormal detective on the background of ancient Rome.


Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



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