Out in the countryside magic has its own rules and dangers - it might even be mistaken for UFO activity - though at the end Peter Grant is happy to go home, to London.
Again it is a superb performance by the he narrator, Koba Holdbrook-Smith, with all the social, ethical and regional accents of the various protagonists. A true joy to listen to!
What makes Aaronovich’s so pleasant to read/listen to is the fact that they are true voyages of discovery. One accompanies Peter Grant on his voyage into the real of magic and it is a true detective story with police procedure and attitudes to match. Other authors of urban fantasies (f.e. Butcher, or Jacka) rather adhere to the I-know-it-all-but-can’t-tell-you school and let their protagonists rather walk like gunslingers in a western.
This particular book is a search, interesting and often funny, but towards the end a bit confusing. One gets the feeling that the end of the story arch went through several revisions. After the brilliant “Broken Homes” waiting for this book was hard and while it is not quite up to that level the 1-year-wait for the next instalment to the series will be very long indeed.