Midnight Riot is an urban fantasy book for those that love a mysterious underground magical world type of system set in a large city. We are in London with this story and this book is incredibly British. British slang and definitions are used often that left me scratching my head. Knowing a bit about London itself will help you get more enjoyment out of this book too. We follow Peter Grant, a new police officer that gets placed with Investigator Thomas Nightingale, a sorcerer, and their new case is to find out what happened in a very mysterious and brutal murder. We learn about this magical world while Grant is learning about it and he starts to learn magic from Nightingale.
I liked this urban fantasy book but it was forgettable. As much as the more complex plot, great setting, and diverse characters impressed me, I can’t really say that this book made an impact on me. It was fun while I listened to it but nothing beyond that. Beverly, a water nymph, was the best character in the story because she was a free spirit that did unsuspecting things. Grant talked about women maybe a little too much in the story and some readers might see it as being a little sexist.
The bottom line is if you like urban fantasy, give it a try, if you aren’t a huge urban fantasy reader, this one isn’t going to make you a super fan. Also, being British will help you enjoy it more, haha.
12/25 Possible Score
Plot – 3(Good)
Characters – 3(Good)
World Building/Setting – 3(Good)
Writing Style – 2(OK)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 1(Lacking)