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review 2017-08-27 09:32
Rivers Of London: Night Witch
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

For years I've been following Peter Grant around as he manages his business with the Rivers of London and all other magical creatures in London. The comic series, for me, was the latest instalment and after some initial hesitation, I'm really glad I joined in on them.

While they are (so far as I can tell) not a major part of the continuing story of the books it is a great addition to them. This was involves a lot of Russians, and I admit there was some initial anxiety when the first page was in Russian, I couldn't understand a word of it and I believed I had accidentally  ordered the wrong edition (my sister once ordered a German comic by mistake). Luckily, the rest was (mostly) in English!

I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series.

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review 2017-04-22 00:25
Rivers of London: Night Witch
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

Series: Rivers of London Volume 2 (#6-10)

 

I guess I’m in a generous mood today since I’m rating this one slightly higher than the last even though I don’t think it’s actually better. It’s about the same, I think. The storytelling could still use some work, but overall it was a quick, fun read. The reason I say the storytelling could use some work is that there were a lot of info-dump style panels which got the point across but didn’t make for a riveting storyline. I think I’m giving it bonus points for centring on Varvara Sidorovna, the kickass Russian witch and for what happens when a bunch of Russian thugs break into Beverly Brook’s place intending to do her harm.

She uses her goddess powers and gets them to do the cleaning. And wait on her.

(spoiler show)

 

I’m counting this for square #4 for the booklikes-opoly game “The letters in the title can be used to spell RIVER” because of the way the graphic novels are always listed with the series title as well as the individual volume title, even on the copyright page. This volume doesn’t have page numbers, but the page count is listed as 128 at various online sources (it also makes sense if you look at the binding), so I’m going with that and adding $2 to my bank, bringing me to $37.

 

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text 2017-04-21 15:42
Booklikes-opoly Square #4 Question - Does this count?
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

 

Would this count as the letters in the title spelling "River"? Technically "Rivers of London" is the name of the series, but it does appear in the title line: Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch, Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan...

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text 2017-02-01 03:02
A Perfect Blend of the UF Series and Comics
Rivers of London: Volume 2 - Night Witch - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

I enjoyed the first collection of Rivers of London comics, Body Work, but it felt like something was missing -- I'm not sure what. Night Witch, on the other hand, built on that good foundation and topped it. This one felt whole, complete -- there wasn't anything lacking here.

 

Some Russian bigwig's child has been taken -- his wife is certain it's by someone/something supernatural. They try to take care of it on their own, recruiting Varvara Sidorovna -- well, trying to. She tells them to get the police involved, specifying they request Nightingale's involvement. It's not that easy to sell official police involvement on this couple. The way they go about doing so isn't really that typical, either.

 

Still, Peter and Nightingale get into things and start turning up all sorts of interesting magical things -- including The Faceless Man and Lesley. Speaking of which -- comics-Lesley? Perfectly creepy.

 

The story feels a little scattered, but when it's all told, you can reflect on things and get all the pieces to fit into place nicely -- moreso than you can when reading from front-to-back. But it's easy to forgive that because the story is so strong -- and the little character beats are great.

 

The art is good -- it's great to see the magic --as well as the characters -- in these stories brought to life.

 

Bev's way of dealing with a home invasion crew of Russian mobsters made me laugh out loud -- I don't know if Aaronovitch could've pulled it off in a novel, or if that's something he only could've accomplished with the help of an art team. Either way, I'm glad I got to read it.

 

There's not much more to say, a good story with some real enjoyable moments with these characters we want to spend time with. Sure, more novels would be nicer, but these do a good enough job helping to fill the time between them.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/01/31/rivers-of-london-night-witch-by-ben-aaronovitch-andrew-cartmel-lee-sullivan
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review 2017-01-09 19:36
Audio Book Review: Codename: Night Witch
Codename: Night Witch - Cary Caffrey Codename: Night Witch - Cary Caffrey

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Sigrid gets her one chance to escape her captivity, shocked to learn it's six years after she was taken. She remembers nothing of her time as a prisoner. While she's on the run, trying to find a way off a planet that space transports were no longer available, she finds others that need her help to safety as well. Other girls like Sigrid. Sigrid also finds new friends and eventually old ones, who help her on the mission she takes once learning who's behind the actions of taking your woman.

Kristin has returned for the third book. Yea!!! I enjoy her many voices for the characters. She makes them each distinct and easy to differentiate while listening. She's even started using musical tones in reading the title page and between parts of the book. Cool. Kristin's voice has become Sigrid for me. I feel as though her emotions are present as Kristin voices her, along with all the characters.

We see how the world has changed with the war that's been going on, the Council of Trade and Finance is gone and Independents are fighting. Sigrid wakes and finds she's on Earth, a place she hasn't been in many years. And there is no transports leaving Earth since the CTF was killed by the Night Witch. Sigrid needs to get home. She wants to return to her friends and loved ones.

In the beginning of this book, I wasn't sure how it would all connect. I had my suspicions but wasn't sure. It seemed like the story was far from where we were at the end of book two, but we are six years later. The story had it's slower moments until we get to the point where things connect and turn for Sigrid. There are surprises in moments for Sigrid, in who she has to deal with and how they arrive.

The story comes around to connect and back to the one thing that drives Sigrid to attack. Though, through the story I still wondered how it was that she came to escape so easily in the beginning. I know a few tidbits were dropped, that she would eventually break their hold and all but in the end it seems as though it was a plan from the one who held control over her. Yet that person said she shouldn't have escaped. I'm not sure if she really broke their hold with distance being a factor, though with the ending it's possible.

Cary starts us into a different setting with new characters and plot to get the story rolling. We do come back to Sigrid and the one person she's after. Sigrid finds herself in fights and battles as she works toward her goal. But, with Sigrid it feels as she doesn't want to fight and kill. I love that Sigrid has a deep feeling for humanity and lives. Oh she's powerful and talented enough to kill, and we see that as well, but she doesn't want to do it.

This feels like the series is coming full circle with Sigrid. Earth is where the story started, so why not bring her back here. This is not the end of the series though. An end to an arc story, yes, but Sigrid, Suko, Lady Hitomi, and others of Alcyone will return in book four.

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