The Rook

Author: Daniel O’Malley
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Quote: “Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.”
Setting: London – Present
Premise: Myfanwy (pronounced like Tiffany but with an M) finds herself stood in the pouring London rain, surrounded by bodies, and with no memory. In her pocket is a letter, a letter from her old self with two choices. Run? Or find out who did this to her?

This book satisfies the Harry Potter obsessed child in me so much! There’s no witches, wizards, and magic, but there are mutants, secret societies, and Myfanwy Thomas–the most dangerous bureaucrat the world has ever known. She is a ‘Rook’ at The Checquay, MI5 for freaks, a position of substantial power, and much paperwork. It’s also the perfect position to launch an investigation into her own murder from.

This book starts with a bang and just keeps gaining momentum from thereon in. As our witty protagonist relearns her world, she brings us on the journey to unravel the mystery f her missing memory. Something that she must keep secret at all costs. This book twists and turns its way through the mystery of Myfanwy Thomas, with high tensions and the stakes ratcheting higher by the chapter.

This is very much of self-discovery. Myfanwy soon learns that her previous self left a lot to be desired. Unburdened by her character defining memories, Myfanwy is free to reforge herself to be anything she desires. If only she knew what that was.

The Rook is one of those books you can re-read over and over. It’s also been turned into a series by a production network, and I have already gifted it to half my family. The Chequay Files promise to be a series, but at the time of writing this review only two books have been published. I cannot wait for the next in series!

You’ve heard enough about how much I like this book, but is this book you’re hunting for?
1. Are you ready to go on an adventure in this crazy world hiding in our own?
2. Do you enjoy institution based stories?
3. Do you want to find out why Myfanwy lost her memory?

If you answered yes, yES, YES! Then this might well be your next favourite read!


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