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Detective Inspector Peter Grant is back in an all-new comic miniseries from author Ben Aaronovitch! Trouble never lies far from the race track. When a flash car belonging to a young boy racer from England washes up in the Netherlands with a bagload of unusual cargo, it's evident there is more than meets the eye happening at street races held in an Essex car park. Enter Detec Detective Inspector Peter Grant is back in an all-new comic miniseries from author Ben Aaronovitch! Trouble never lies far from the race track. When a flash car belonging to a young boy racer from England washes up in the Netherlands with a bagload of unusual cargo, it's evident there is more than meets the eye happening at street races held in an Essex car park. Enter Detective Inspector Peter Grant. Fresh from suspension, he takes to the track in his orange 'asbo' Ford Focus to try and infiltrate the big leagues. But Peter soon finds himself sucked back into an Otherworld - a real-life fairyland!


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Detective Inspector Peter Grant is back in an all-new comic miniseries from author Ben Aaronovitch! Trouble never lies far from the race track. When a flash car belonging to a young boy racer from England washes up in the Netherlands with a bagload of unusual cargo, it's evident there is more than meets the eye happening at street races held in an Essex car park. Enter Detec Detective Inspector Peter Grant is back in an all-new comic miniseries from author Ben Aaronovitch! Trouble never lies far from the race track. When a flash car belonging to a young boy racer from England washes up in the Netherlands with a bagload of unusual cargo, it's evident there is more than meets the eye happening at street races held in an Essex car park. Enter Detective Inspector Peter Grant. Fresh from suspension, he takes to the track in his orange 'asbo' Ford Focus to try and infiltrate the big leagues. But Peter soon finds himself sucked back into an Otherworld - a real-life fairyland!

30 review for Rivers of London Volume 8: The Fey and the Furious

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    This is easily the best Rivers of London comicbook spin-off to date. It was exciting and heartfelt and contained a character moment that I really hope isn’t just forgotten about in future books. The artwork really stepped up a gear about halfway through this collection and I hope they manage to maintain that standard in future collections.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Richter

    I love the River of London book series and the comics are a delight as they add to the story . Very often what happens in the comic makes it into the books with a side inference or characters. Just adds to the fun. Street Racing and Unicorns? There are new characters that I am sure will show up in the future. if you are a fan of the book series, the comics are a must read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Well much to my chagrin I discovered that the latest installment in the Rivers of London was released and I missed it (in my defence they had moved the date several times due to the pandemic). So you as you can imagine I had to go out and get a copy - and here it is. I have to admit even though the whole series of stories are set in the fantastical world of the Demi-monde it is more recognizable than most for its depiction of the real (read our) world. So as a result this I felt was probably the Well much to my chagrin I discovered that the latest installment in the Rivers of London was released and I missed it (in my defence they had moved the date several times due to the pandemic). So you as you can imagine I had to go out and get a copy - and here it is. I have to admit even though the whole series of stories are set in the fantastical world of the Demi-monde it is more recognizable than most for its depiction of the real (read our) world. So as a result this I felt was probably the most grandiose and wild of the stories so far (although thinking about it does reference back to previous stories which in hindsight were just as wild). I think sometimes leaving things to your imagination have a greater impact. However this is a minor thing compared to the fun the story has and it furthers the overall story arc of Peter Grant as it fits directly in to the sequence of stories and books. The only problem now is I have to wait for the next installment and I have to say things are getting interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Full review to follow!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the better RoL graphic novels, IMO. Good tie-in with novel plots, but also fun in itself. I'm feeling exclamatory, so: Peter gets to drive the Ferrari seized from Martin Chorley's estate! Sahra--AKA "the Muslim Ninja"--gets to drive in the race! Bev is particularly fabulous! Unicorn tragedy! Unicorn triumph! Peter outwits the fae! Expansion of the story world to the Netherlands and introduction of an interesting new cop character! Good choice to have the art in the 'fairyland' section look One of the better RoL graphic novels, IMO. Good tie-in with novel plots, but also fun in itself. I'm feeling exclamatory, so: Peter gets to drive the Ferrari seized from Martin Chorley's estate! Sahra--AKA "the Muslim Ninja"--gets to drive in the race! Bev is particularly fabulous! Unicorn tragedy! Unicorn triumph! Peter outwits the fae! Expansion of the story world to the Netherlands and introduction of an interesting new cop character! Good choice to have the art in the 'fairyland' section look different from the rest of the story. There's also a particularly cute/touching "Tale from the Folly" involving Molly watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and some interesting essays about street racing, aspects of the fae and unicorns included as extras. I did wonder why Bev needed scuba gear at one point during the search, though. Unless a river goddess’ power isn’t strong enough to sustain her in the deep ocean?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    Alongside the excellent pun in the title, this is probably one of the better recent Peter Grant graphic novels, as the Folly is called to investigate a drowned boy racer with a boot full of very unusual cargo. Once again, Peter finds himself entangled with the fey, reliant only on his wits to help him through. Moreso than even usual, this graphic novel was Grant-heavy, with minimal appearances from Nightingale and Guleed (and none whatsoever from Molly, boo). There was an incident with Guleed tha Alongside the excellent pun in the title, this is probably one of the better recent Peter Grant graphic novels, as the Folly is called to investigate a drowned boy racer with a boot full of very unusual cargo. Once again, Peter finds himself entangled with the fey, reliant only on his wits to help him through. Moreso than even usual, this graphic novel was Grant-heavy, with minimal appearances from Nightingale and Guleed (and none whatsoever from Molly, boo). There was an incident with Guleed that I think would have been interesting to expand upon, although with space restrictions, they made do with what they could, and the visual medium does help here, with facial expressions and body language. The artist has changed again for this story. They're good, and handle the fast action of the car racing well, but I still miss Lee Sullivan. The story is very plot-heavy, with little character development, and possibly the most interesting snippet in that area comes right at the end, with some internal captions from Beverley musing on her relationship with Peter which is both sweet and kind of ominous. Like the last volume, there's some articles at the end discussing the historical background to some of the story elements, including street racing and fairy myth. These are interesting, but I'd have preferred it if the text were in straight columns rather than at an angle. It might look cool, but it does make it a bit harder to read. All in all, a fun, standalone story. Not essential, but a good read for fans of Peter Grant and his world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The latest Rivers of London comic is a mash-up of street racing and the fey. The street-racing aspect of the comic is beautifully illustrated, but otherwise dull, which is a shame because it takes up an entire issue (#2) and then some. The fey aspect is a neat extension of the series' world, but it gets pretty shallow attention here. Overall, one of the less-important books in the series: a quick and forgettable read. The latest Rivers of London comic is a mash-up of street racing and the fey. The street-racing aspect of the comic is beautifully illustrated, but otherwise dull, which is a shame because it takes up an entire issue (#2) and then some. The fey aspect is a neat extension of the series' world, but it gets pretty shallow attention here. Overall, one of the less-important books in the series: a quick and forgettable read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Delightful, as always. I particularly enjoyed the Beverley in this one, and a wonderful glimpse of the ur-River (that really put me in mind of the ur-Forest of Emily Tesh's Silver in the Wood/Drowned Country). Delightful, as always. I particularly enjoyed the Beverley in this one, and a wonderful glimpse of the ur-River (that really put me in mind of the ur-Forest of Emily Tesh's Silver in the Wood/Drowned Country).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    Peter is on the hunt for whoever is killing unicorns. Some how it relates to special street races put on my the Fey. Can he resolve this issue safely. Great illustrations in this graphic novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James

    Fairy street racing and unicorn horn smuggling.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katharine

    Always a fun series to follow!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nitya Iyer

    Is it weird that the Fey I pictured in my head were much much more terrifying and I'm disappointed about that? Honestly, I enjoyed this volume more than Action at a Distance and less than Water Weed. But none of them compare to the glory of Lies Sleeping. Maybe I should stick to reading the novels from now on? Is it weird that the Fey I pictured in my head were much much more terrifying and I'm disappointed about that? Honestly, I enjoyed this volume more than Action at a Distance and less than Water Weed. But none of them compare to the glory of Lies Sleeping. Maybe I should stick to reading the novels from now on?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    In Green'hithe did Heseltine A shopping dome decree where doctor and companions ran through quarries measureless to man on cathode ray TV. So twice five miles of fertile ground with walls and carparks girdled round; and there were slip roads through the hills where Kent Police many a racer caught and there were ancient people starved of thrills who played poor mortals for their sport. Peter Grant, our intrepid magical policeman, returns in this 8th graphic novel, which sits in time prior to The October In Green'hithe did Heseltine A shopping dome decree where doctor and companions ran through quarries measureless to man on cathode ray TV. So twice five miles of fertile ground with walls and carparks girdled round; and there were slip roads through the hills where Kent Police many a racer caught and there were ancient people starved of thrills who played poor mortals for their sport. Peter Grant, our intrepid magical policeman, returns in this 8th graphic novel, which sits in time prior to The October Man and False Value, both of which were actually released prior to this. The plot revolves around illegal street racing, a magical realm which Peter has had to be rescued from before, unicorns, whales, and a number of rivers across Europe. A fast paced story, clearly taking inspiration from the Fast and the Furious franchise. A fun read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Waylander101

    Rivers of London: The Fey and the Furious is the eighth collected volume of the Rivers of London comic book. This volume is made up of four issues of the comic book.Set immediately after Lies Sleeping The Fey and the Furious begins with DC Peter Grant still on suspension from the Met and a young Essex boy racer found dead in a Dutch dyke (No... stop it! Filthy mind you have!) with cargo of illicit produce in his boot. Peter and the Muslim Ninja, Sahra Guleed, are despatched off to Essex to infil Rivers of London: The Fey and the Furious is the eighth collected volume of the Rivers of London comic book. This volume is made up of four issues of the comic book.Set immediately after Lies Sleeping The Fey and the Furious begins with DC Peter Grant still on suspension from the Met and a young Essex boy racer found dead in a Dutch dyke (No... stop it! Filthy mind you have!) with cargo of illicit produce in his boot. Peter and the Muslim Ninja, Sahra Guleed, are despatched off to Essex to infiltrate local street racing rings. Things soon take a turn for the "weird bollocks" when the race route goes through fairyland...I want to start this review with my congratulations on the pun title, great work, now stop it or I'm calling the police. This story only missing a Vin Diesel character to be The Fast and the Furious with fairies and I love it. This one has just the right balance of call backs and returning characters to give the new thing a place to breathe. Beverley Brook is also given more to do in this than just being Peter's girlfriend (I know she gets more of a role in the main series) which is good.I know I've said this before for others in the series but this one really is the best one so far. Read it, read it now!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Slater

    I'm currently reading Ben Aaronovitch's new Rivers of London novel, False Value, but I'm finding it rather slow going as my brain isn't really managing to focus on fiction at the moment, so I took a brief break to see whether, having bought a new (and much larger) phone recently, I'd be able to read the latest of the graphic novels, which I hadn't bought when it was released as my iPad had died and I didn't rate my chances of reading it on either a nine-year-old kindle or an iPhone 5S. It turned I'm currently reading Ben Aaronovitch's new Rivers of London novel, False Value, but I'm finding it rather slow going as my brain isn't really managing to focus on fiction at the moment, so I took a brief break to see whether, having bought a new (and much larger) phone recently, I'd be able to read the latest of the graphic novels, which I hadn't bought when it was released as my iPad had died and I didn't rate my chances of reading it on either a nine-year-old kindle or an iPhone 5S. It turned out to be perfectly readable on my new phone; the kindle editions have a feature which enables you to scroll through frame by frame, rather than trying to see a whole page on the screen, which makes it easier. Action at a Distance is a flashback to a case of Nightingale's from the late 1950s; it was fun, if fairly slight, and interesting to see some of Nightingale's past.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Siobhán

    The last graphic novel in the series was quite underwhelming and this one started off similarily, but changed direction pretty fast. There's weird stuff with cars going on and - BAM - Peter is caught in Fairyland, which was wonderfully weird, funny, and just really really cool. I liked this one a lot, so 5 stars. The last graphic novel in the series was quite underwhelming and this one started off similarily, but changed direction pretty fast. There's weird stuff with cars going on and - BAM - Peter is caught in Fairyland, which was wonderfully weird, funny, and just really really cool. I liked this one a lot, so 5 stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Blind Mapmaker

    3.5 Nice little trade paperback with a unique mix of street-racing and the Faerie Realms. Not exactly the most memorable and intricate story, so it's probably best as a comic book too. A couple of inconsistencies and a bit of a deus-ex-machina take it down a little, but the atmospheric depiction of the faerie lands scores half a point again. 3.5 Nice little trade paperback with a unique mix of street-racing and the Faerie Realms. Not exactly the most memorable and intricate story, so it's probably best as a comic book too. A couple of inconsistencies and a bit of a deus-ex-machina take it down a little, but the atmospheric depiction of the faerie lands scores half a point again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    The artwork is absolutely beautiful, really rich. The plot is great fun and I love the relationships shown between Peter and Beverley but also between Nightingale and Peter and Nightingale and Beverley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    In my opinion, one of the best Peter Grant graphic novels so far. I loved seeing some of the events of Foxglove Summer coming back to bite, and the blend of illegal racing and faerie magic was just so Rivers of London.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Read in issues on Hoopla.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yanaba

    Again, a nice comic. Good story. Good little snippets at the end. Worth having a look at.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    A fun story; but comics might not be the most effective medium for a car racing story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenette

    I have so much love for these. So much.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really need to re read some of the later books.... But I enjoyed this! Especially the sign in the kitchen.....

  25. 4 out of 5

    Verity W

    Another fun episode in the life of Peter and the Folly. This time with illegal car racing on the streets of Essex and god knows where. Lovely art too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Ok addition to this comic book series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    Actually one of the better graphic novels. I liked the reappearance of the queen and unicorns from Foxglove Summer, and I liked that Peter mostly saved himself in this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Probably more like 3.5. I enjoyed seeing more of Beverly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jim Mason

    I mean, look at the title of this volume, of course it's amazing! It has speed and criminals and cars and.... (view spoiler)[ Peter Grant riding a Unicorn!!! (hide spoiler)] I mean, look at the title of this volume, of course it's amazing! It has speed and criminals and cars and.... (view spoiler)[ Peter Grant riding a Unicorn!!! (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Habinger

    Although I'm not a huge car person I very much enjoyed this new volume of the Rivers of London graphic novel series. It ties in nicely with the story and lets us revisit the wee folk. Although I'm not a huge car person I very much enjoyed this new volume of the Rivers of London graphic novel series. It ties in nicely with the story and lets us revisit the wee folk.

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