Lies Sleeping

Lies Sleeping

Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case . . .Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.But even...

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Title:Lies Sleeping
Author:Ben Aaronovitch
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Edition Language:English

Lies Sleeping Reviews

  • Caro the L. of the H.

    So, this was a rather fast one and no matter how hard I tried to read it slower, it didn't work (though not like recently I'm a very fast reader, to be honest....). Names, names, places, history, architecture, the pack is full and maybe even fuller than in last two books. L. is back and Mr Punch as well - I'm not spoiling, it's on the blurb! - and I had to confess I kind of... missed him? O.o I guess I'm going to reread the first book soon just because of that... O.o

    Anyways, fun fun, and I crave

    So, this was a rather fast one and no matter how hard I tried to read it slower, it didn't work (though not like recently I'm a very fast reader, to be honest....). Names, names, places, history, architecture, the pack is full and maybe even fuller than in last two books. L. is back and Mr Punch as well - I'm not spoiling, it's on the blurb! - and I had to confess I kind of... missed him? O.o I guess I'm going to reread the first book soon just because of that... O.o

    Anyways, fun fun, and I crave for more, but I guess more will be A TAD different from what we are used to already... ;)

    Tiny very tiny minus for too many deus ex machina moments (yes I have to bitch, duuh, otherwise my head will explode), but we want to keep our Peter in one piece, right?

    Also - Molly+Foxglove <3 I want the next book out already goddamit!!!!

  • Rosie

    at this point ben aaronovitch could publish a book of photocopies of his bare arse and i'd give it five stars. regardless of that this book fucking ruled

  • lucky little cat

    Ah, that went by way too fast.

    If you're already a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. And my, how our Peter's growing up, but without losing any of his self-deprecating irony.

    If you're not a fan yet, be apprised that Aaronovitch wrote for years for

    and it very gloriously shows. You'll want to start with book #1,

    Snag an audio copy if you can, because the audios are amazing.

    neither Banksy nor the helmet amulet figure in the book. I

    Ah, that went by way too fast.

    If you're already a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. And my, how our Peter's growing up, but without losing any of his self-deprecating irony.

    If you're not a fan yet, be apprised that Aaronovitch wrote for years for

    and it very gloriously shows. You'll want to start with book #1,

    Snag an audio copy if you can, because the audios are amazing.

    neither Banksy nor the helmet amulet figure in the book. I just really like them

  • Emma

    This was excellent! I loved all the London history. I loved Foxglove and Molly dancing in the moonlight. I loved the foxes. The main characters are well established now and the narrator was excellent.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I’ve made it no secret that I love Peter Grant/Rivers of London, and right now, it’s easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series. But for the last few books, our characters have been floundering in their hunt for the Faceless Man, the main baddie who has been a constant thorn in the Met’s side since the very beginning, and I was starting to worry that the lack of progress might soon be blowing up in all our faces. Lucki

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I’ve made it no secret that I love Peter Grant/Rivers of London, and right now, it’s easily one of my favorite urban fantasy series. But for the last few books, our characters have been floundering in their hunt for the Faceless Man, the main baddie who has been a constant thorn in the Met’s side since the very beginning, and I was starting to worry that the lack of progress might soon be blowing up in all our faces. Luckily though, those wondering if we’ll ever get to see the end of this Faceless Man’s saga will be pleased to know, Lies Sleeping has the final showdown and answers you’re looking for. After seven books, this resolution was a long time coming, and it was awesome.

    Needless to say, if you’re not caught up with the series yet, be aware this review may contain references to events from the previous books, so only read on if you’ve read finished The Hanging Tree to avoid any potential spoilers. Since the last time we saw him, Peter has received a promotion on the police force and is now playing a key role in the operation to take down the Faceless Man, now identified as Martin Chorley, as well as his associate Lesley May, a one-time friend of our protagonist. Chorley’s grand plan for London has also been revealed, involving a dastardly plot to lure out one of the city’s oldest and most deranged gods—a supernatural killer with whom series fans should be very familiar.

    For this dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Peter and his mentor Thomas Nightingale must shore up their resources and gather all the support they can get, calling in help from all corners including the regular police force, history and archeology experts, and even Arthurian scholars. But unfortunately for Peter, Lesley knows all his usual tricks, and worse, where to hit him where it hurts the most. Chorley is up to something big, and no matter how well the Folly plans, their target always seems to be a few steps ahead, constantly slipping through their fingers.

    Peter’s resolve has been tested before, but never like this. Lies Sleeping is the big shakeup this series needed, after all the breaks and build-up, and I think it succeeded in delivering both thrilling action and emotional impact. If the goal of the previous book was to bring us back into the thick of things and ramp up the momentum, then this one valiantly took up the baton and ran it to the finish line. I was also ecstatic that I got most of what I’d wished for, number one on that list being more Nightingale in action. While I’m not usually one for literary crushes, I’ve got it seriously bad for that guy. When all is said and done though, taking down the Faceless Man was very much a team effort, and I’m glad we also got the second item on my wishlist, which was seeing more involvement from the rest of the supporting cast. As I expected, Guleed has become a regular, and even more exciting is the fact she’s being brought onto the Falcon magical scene. Abigail becoming a fixture at the Folly was a nice surprise too, after getting know her well from The Furthest Station novella.

    Once more, I also found the humor in Lies Sleeping to be on the more muted side, but in this case, I think it’s okay, and even appropriate. Peter still makes me smile occasionally with his dry, sardonic wit, but this was probably one of the more serious sequels, because of all that it had to deal with. Over the course of this series, Peter has matured as a person, taking matters more seriously in both his professional and personal life, becoming a better police officer and a wizard while also settling into a stable relationship with Bev. Still, there are also certain things that never change, and Peter’s mega blind spot with regards to Lesley was the cause of much teeth grinding on my part. There was a moment too where I felt the plot might be falling into a repetitive pattern, but fortunately, Aaronovitch was able to pull things back on track following a lull around the halfway point and save the situation in time for the big finale. Personally, I found the climax to be a bit confusing, in the way things related to the genius loci usually are when it comes to these books, so I suppose that’s nothing new. Regardless, those who have always appreciated this series’ attention to the history and mythology associated with London will find lots of like about this book, I expect.

    And finally, Lies Sleeping has the unmistakable feel of a conclusion, though I do sincerely hope that this is just a wrap for the Faceless Man arc, and not for the series itself. It would be cruel to end things right as we’re seeing so much promise for our side characters, not to mention the big news dropped on us in the final few pages, but if this is going to be it, I’m also happy with how things played out. There are a few loose threads I wouldn’t mind seeing addressed, but overall I was impressed with how many conflicts were resolved by strongly tying them back to the series’ roots, i.e. where it all began in Rivers of London. I have no idea where Ben Aaronovitch will take this world and his characters next, but I’ll be crossing my fingers for more.

  • Silvana

    Move over Newt Scamander, there's a new wizard in town! With better plots that actually make sense and not just load of over-egging codswallop!

    Sorry, I was still a bit carried away with the Crimes of Grindelwald movie. I thank thee, Ben Aaronovitch, for keeping my faith in urban fantasy and their wizards. Peter Grant is still my man, he is a solid character that's skillful, dedicated and dependable. Boring? Not a chance. Peter, as his colleagues and guvs always said, had a penchant for situation

    Move over Newt Scamander, there's a new wizard in town! With better plots that actually make sense and not just load of over-egging codswallop!

    Sorry, I was still a bit carried away with the Crimes of Grindelwald movie. I thank thee, Ben Aaronovitch, for keeping my faith in urban fantasy and their wizards. Peter Grant is still my man, he is a solid character that's skillful, dedicated and dependable. Boring? Not a chance. Peter, as his colleagues and guvs always said, had a penchant for situations gone pear-shaped. Despite having the rest of the London police force, his enigmatic master, his river lover, and his diligent apprentice on his six, the threat from the elusive super villain Faceless Man and his minions was just too big. Aaaand it's getting more dire in this book, which is thrilling ride from start to finish. Definitely as good as

    , now spiced with Arthurian and Mithraic myths. Aaronovitch has seamlessly tailored a magical story based on these myths but made it fresh and entertaining with all the references of places and people in the urban environment - it is so immersive!

    Can't wait for the next one. This series is the bee's knees, I am just so chuffed whenever I am reading it

  • Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Another strong installment in the Rivers of London series. The battles with the dark side are becoming more and more frequent, now that we know the Faceless Man and see more of his plans. But this one takes some even twistier twists and turnier turns and ends up in a place I didn't really expect.

    I had grown tired of this series after book 4, and took a VERY long break. In fact, I hadn't entirely p

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Another strong installment in the Rivers of London series. The battles with the dark side are becoming more and more frequent, now that we know the Faceless Man and see more of his plans. But this one takes some even twistier twists and turnier turns and ends up in a place I didn't really expect.

    I had grown tired of this series after book 4, and took a VERY long break. In fact, I hadn't entirely planned on ever picking it back up again. Berkley offered me an ARC of this book in their newsletter, which I one-clicked before I thought... and I'm glad I made that impulsive decision. It made me pick up books five and six (both of which were great installments and fixed some of the issues I had with book four that made me set the series down) to get to this one and be caught up.

    It's not and never will be my favorite series, but I can now say again that I do very much enjoy it. I'll definitely pick up the next one to see what's happening in the world of Peter Grant and the Folly.

  • Lyn

    Londinium Calling!

    “and I – live by the river!”

    His best so far? Maybe, but I’m biased, I love these books, they are to me as cheeseburgers to a fat guy. Wait – I’m a fat guy and I LOVE cheeseburgers! * Note to self about getting lost in a metaphor. And cheeseburgers.

    Fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s wildly popular and fun as a barrel of monkeys urban fantasy series about DETECTIVE constable Peter Grant who is also an apprentice wizard have been waiting since 2016 for this novel – and I hate waiting so it

    Londinium Calling!

    “and I – live by the river!”

    His best so far? Maybe, but I’m biased, I love these books, they are to me as cheeseburgers to a fat guy. Wait – I’m a fat guy and I LOVE cheeseburgers! * Note to self about getting lost in a metaphor. And cheeseburgers.

    Fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s wildly popular and fun as a barrel of monkeys urban fantasy series about DETECTIVE constable Peter Grant who is also an apprentice wizard have been waiting since 2016 for this novel – and I hate waiting so it’s hard to say it was worth the wait, but it’s pretty damn good.

    ** We did have some tasty graphic novels to tide us over.

    One of the attractions for me in this series is the minimalist fantasy, very rarely over the top with the magic, these are also good police procedurals. But the enchantment is real and original and fun to follow. Also delicious is Aaronovitch’s use of British and Celtic (and older?) history to fill in the backstory and he does it up in spades this time with travels back to Old Londinium and the Romans and the Celtic peoples who provided a warm welcome to the southern guests.

    Also, we get more of the action with Leslie and the Faceless Man and that storyline takes some definitive turns.

    Good fun and the only bad news is that except for the graphic novels, who knows when we’ll get the next one in this series????

    Hey! Aaronovitch? Please sir, may I have some more?

  • Milda Page Runner

    Oooh, the cover and release date! :D

    Can't wait!

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