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The Rook

Written by Daniel O`Malley

Average Score: 76(3)

"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

Book Details

Fantasy
Hardcover, 496 Pages
Published by Little, Brown and Company on January 11, 2012
ISBN-10 0316098795
ISBN-13 978-0316098793

Reviews


SF Signal | Jessica Strider
Review Rating: 90
The book is surprisingly fast paced given the partial narrative writing style. There's a fair amount of tension and enough action to keep things interesting.
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sffworld.com | Dan Bieger
Review Rating: 80
There is enough mystery and action to keep you turning the pages [...] and the conclusion is satisfying while leaving the door open to further adventures.
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Fantasy Book Critic | Mihir Wanchoo
Review Rating: 60
The Rook is a good debut showcasing the author's skills as a writer and plotter.
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