Come with me if you want to live…

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is taking us Tough Travelling through the tropes of fantasy again.  this week’s topic :


Seems odd to think that in fantasy cities in which entire economies revolve around crime there is room for the men in blue (or crimson, or whatever). But the law does the best it can, even when faced with magic, mystical creatures, or rogue deities.

My picks this week:

The Ministry of Defence – they police the magical world of Harry Potter (J K Rowling).

The Owsla – yeah, that’s right – the rabbit police!  Starring none other than Bigwig.  Watership Down by Richard Adam’s in case you haven’t guessed!  Perks of the job include eating all the best clover.

The Volturi – don’t race out with your pitchforks!!! These are the vampire police after all so they have to have a mention!  Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.

I can’t remember the name – but the crazy mechanical dog out of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  Basically works for the Firemen and searches out all you secret book owners – that’s right – all you book owners out there (and you know who you are) be afraid!!!

Peter Grant – he’s actually a policeman, started out as a regular copper then ended up on the fantasy squad!  Rivers of London by Ben Arronovitch.

Kate Prospero, Jaye Well’s Dirty Magic – she’s part of the Magic Enforcement Agency.  Things are complicated though – not least because she come from a magical family!!

Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig.  Bear with me – Atlanta may not be the traditional idea of law enforcement but she knows how to get things done!  The end goodbye.

30 Responses to “Come with me if you want to live…”

  1. TheSkepticalReader

    Ohh the Volturi!! I would not have remembered to choose that one if I’d done this list. 😛

    • lynnsbooks

      I wasn’t sure whether to put it or not to be honest!!!
      Have you done a list? You should do so.
      Lynn 😀

      • TheSkepticalReader

        No but I love seeing yours! Maybe when I’ve read a bit more diverse fantasy, I will jump in. 🙂

      • lynnsbooks

        That would be great!
        Lynn 😀

  2. romeorites

    Wat.. Waaater Shiiiip Do …. WATER SHIP DOWN! *Cries to the music of Art Garfunkel* … *Cries some more* Im ok now ……. Ahem. NOPE. *Cries*

  3. Rabindranauth

    Cool picks! I’ve only read two of these. The title of your post is legendary 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha, thanks. Mmm, I wonder which two you’ve read *drums fingers against lips*….. Fahrenheit 451 and Atlanta Burns???

      • Rabindranauth

        Ha, not even close 😀 Potter and Twilight!

      • lynnsbooks

        Hahahaha – what were the chances of getting them right – should have got at least one!!!! Duh
        Lynn 😀

  4. Carmen

    I only know the Ministry of Defence and the Volturi family, not personally of course! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha, I hope you don’t know the Volturi – I wouldn’t mind knowing the Ministry of Defence, although, they weren’t exactly always on the ball were they!
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    Some good choices, sadly I can’t think of the robot dog’s name either! I would add the gunslingers from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series who are warriors/law keepers for the kingdom.

    • lynnsbooks

      Cool – I love that you always have suggestions for this and they’re always good!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Kaja

    Oh damn, the Volturi! Great pick. Sure, they eat loads of tourists, but they’re totally the law 😉
    I have to re-read Watership Down, because I have absolutely no recollection of the Owsla…

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  8. Nathan

    I have read the top row minus Twilight. Still trying to find a Bradbury book I like, 451 wasn’t it.

  9. thebrightspark

    I need to get hold of Atlanta Burns. Chuck Wendig is really fun. Great list!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’m enjoying his books very much. You should defo pick up a copy!
      Lynn 😀

  10. rudejasper

    I can’t believe I forgot all the law enforcement going on in Harry Potter. As sar as I’m concerned with my leaky memory it was Harry, Hermione, and Ron against Anarchy… I also didn’t remember that there is any kind of law enforcement in Watership down. Awesome job coming up with some unique titles!

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha, I had to throw Watership Down in there – Bigwig was on the rabbit police – stopped rabbits from eating all the nice clover – they’re the ones who used to go on reccies.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Windsprite

    I really should read the Rivers of London and Fahrenheit uhm… *scrolls up to check out* 451… But I relate even less to Twilight… I even ignored the movies…
    Yeah, I agree, it’s actually the whole ministry of magic and not only the Aurors 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I’ve only read the first of Ben Aaronovitch’s series but I will catch up eventually – it just has such good reviews.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Danya @ Fine Print

    Don’t talk to me about Watership Down, that book blew my mind and put my hear through the meat grinder. What the hell is up with so many animals getting the axe in literature?! *sobs*

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – somebody out there is just SICK!!! Sick I tell you!!!!
      *hums the song ‘bright eyes, burning like fire…..’*
      Lynn 😀

  13. Molly Mortensen

    I totally didn’t think of the Aurors! Good job! And yes that’s the only book I’ve read on this list.

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