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Publisher's Summary

The new Rivers of London novella, from Sunday Times number one best-selling author Ben Aaronovitch.

Ghost hunter, fox whisperer, troublemaker.

It is the summer of 2013, and Abigail Kamara has been left to her own devices. This might, by those who know her, be considered a mistake. While her cousin, police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant, is off in the sticks, chasing unicorns, Abigail is chasing her own mystery. Teenagers around Hampstead Heath have been going missing but before the police can get fully engaged, the teens return home - unharmed but vague about where they've been.

Aided only by her new friend Simon, her knowledge that magic is real, and a posse of talking foxes that think they're spies, Abigail must venture into the wilds of Hampstead to discover who is luring the teenagers and more importantly - why?

©2021 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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Kid's story barely holds the line

There are moments in this novella, but very few. Quite frankly, it is a children's novel. The plot has plenty of Ben's great imagination behind it. However, the read is hard work, as the key characters are all presented as Disney-esque kids animation voices, and as such, get annoying very quickly. Particularly the foxes, who KHS originally presented as streetwise Londoners, but here Shvorne pitches them straight out of 'Frozen'. KBH's short and really unnecessary inserts are hard to decipher (strangely distorting the Professor's original voice) and plot-wise, pointless. Here's to the next serious Peter Grant story with exploding heads and no annoying kids...please!

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Great to catch up with Abigail and learn what the deal was with the talking foxes... I always enjoy the Rivers of London novellas and this was no exception. Probably not recommended for someone who hasn't read at least one of the main series, though, because too little is explained. That's fine, because why would Abigail explain what she knows perfectly well? Great fun, as ever.

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Unexpected and wonderful

I wasn’t sure I would like it but I really really like it! Fantastic narration too. I want more!

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Adequate

Not up to his usual standard. Expected a children's book, but was too adult for that but too basic for an adult book. As always, performance was superb. Looking forward to a proper Peter Grant next.

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excellent rivers book and made for audio

this worked very well as an audio book. Ben's first ya book? for all ages.

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horrible

Huge fan of series but Abigail is the worse developed character I nearly have ever encountered. She is Not a 13 year old girl as she is suppose to be and the fact he even brings the mention of sex is just wrong. I get the author is trying to tap into HP marketplace but it's the whole reason why previous books were so enjoyable. They are for adults not tweens. Hope he fixes his mistakes in coming books.

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Abigail is not Katy !

Confusing Abigail with “ What Katy did” books would be a huge mistake. Abigail is a junior member of the folly. Still young enough to make rash decisions and mistakes, but talented and gifted enough to take on adventures on her own. I enjoyed Shvorne Marks performance and the added ‘ explanations’ a joy. I would recommend this audio book to anyone longing for the Rivers of London universe. It is a worthy addition.

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Best novella

I adored this! So nice to find out what Abigail got up to, definitely ready for more of her adventures

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Great

Overall good fun. Absolutely loved the foxes. A gentler tale that could be more suitable for younger audiences than the Peter Grant books. Great narrator. Picking up some killer slang from Abigail too.

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  • 24-03-2021

Excellent as always

I heard, via FB, that this was YA.. It is not.. it fits perfectly with all the other RoL books.. it's just a perspective ting 😎

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  • Kristiina Friman
  • 28-05-2021

Loved it

I really love this book. Don’t compare it to the Peter books. It stands on its own

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  • Dianna S Morrison
  • 26-04-2021

Abigail is growing!

Loved this novella, hope Ben is coming up with more Abigail and Peter adventures, I love the story lines and the narrators are the absolute best

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  • Mika
  • 18-04-2021

Just perfect

A brilliant spin-off for the RoL series. Compact narrative well introducing incomprehensible teenage jargon. Read by the obviously talented Shvorne Marks. I’m hoping to read more about Abigails adventures.

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  • ton
  • 31-03-2021

tale weaving

aaronovich is in this genre the master, his tales are diverse, interesing and full of suprises. i would recomend his work to anyone

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  • CodySydney
  • 17-07-2021

I was wary but loved it

Of course it’s not about Peter and it’s not read by Kobna And I didn’t want anything different because I love them so much. But wow I was not disappointed at all, I love this too, I hope there’s plenty more

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  • Mrs. I P. Sowden
  • 18-03-2021

Ruined

The added "footnotes" for Yanks are maddening. Grrrrr. And I have to add two words.

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  • Tracey
  • 20-03-2021

Way too much padding

I really wanted to like this book having loved the others but I found the amount of irrelevant detail & stating the obvious really irritating (for example do we really need it explained that a deity is another word for a god ) This felt like very short story with loads of padding to get the word count up.

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  • BadMedisin
  • 19-03-2021

I love the foxes.

I love Abigail and I love love love the foxes! This is a fun story, well written and well read. It’s good to see Abigail developed as a character and hope she’ll feature more in ROL. This is written in her voice so it’s a hilarious mix of youthspeak and Abigail’s impressive vocab. I really enjoyed it, just wish there was more! I binge-listened to the entire ROL series last summer and I can’t wait for the next one. More please!

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  • JLE
  • 20-03-2021

A bit disappointed

Love the rivers series, and was looking forward to this novella. I was left feeling a bit disappointed, it didn't have the substance or feel of the other novellas in the series.

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  • Lawrence
  • 18-03-2021

Wish it was longer

A must for Peter Grant fans. I love CHS narration so this was different but Ms Marks is very good, maybe a bit too posh for Abigail but still be enjoyable.

The story puts Abigail on her own without any “olds” around and this allows her to fill out as a character. Which I think she deserves.

The story is good, moves on at pace but still has enough time for those Aaronovitch observations that make his other work such a joy to read.

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  • Vaughan
  • 24-03-2021

Disappointing

I feel genuinely disappointed that I've acquired a "novella" that is clearly aimed at the pre-teen market but wasn't flagged up as such. It doesn't have the same level of intricacy or character development that I've come to love in the Rivers of London series.

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  • Rosie
  • 18-03-2021

Hooray for Abigail!

I have loved the character of Abigail since she first appeared in the Rivers of London series and am delighted that she finally got her own novella, and an epic one at that. Ben has really captured her in the narrative and the story was really gripping - I can only hope that someday she gets a whole novel!

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  • Ginger guy!
  • 18-03-2021

Good addition.

Great spin off/novella, worth the listen I lokk forward to Abigail playing a larger part in Peters adventures.

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  • androyd
  • 19-03-2021

Abigail's Adventures amaze

At last Abigail (and the foxes) get a starring turn. some real humour as well as one or two creepy moments. Hopefully we will hear more of Abigail and her companions in the not too distant future.
Mind you this is such a rich world that has been created I look forward to more from this world.
I didn't think the narration was up to the same level as the Rivers books or indeed the level of October Man.

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  • serentious7
  • 19-03-2021

So so good! You'll never see foxes the same again!

This a wonderful tale that slides perfectly into the 'Rivers of London' series whilst also being unique.

The plot is engaging and the characters made me laugh aloud more than once. Postmartin is in his element and I love him for it!

The scene with the foxes after The Nightingale leaves Abigail is just lovely.

Overall a delightful read.

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