By Daniel O'Malley
"The physique you're donning was once mine." So starts off the letter Myfanwy Thomas is keeping whilst she awakes in a London park surrounded through our bodies all donning latex gloves. with out recollection of who she is, Myfanwy needs to stick to the directions her former self left in the back of to find her id and song down the brokers who are looking to break her.
She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a mystery association known as the Chequy that battles the numerous supernatural forces at paintings in Britain. She additionally discovers that she possesses a unprecedented, in all probability lethal supernatural skill of her personal.
In her quest to discover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters anyone with 4 our bodies, an aristocratic lady who can input her goals, a mystery education facility the place childrens are reworked into lethal warring parties, and a conspiracy extra gigantic than she ever may have imagined.
Filled with characters either attention-grabbing and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly artistic, suspenseful, and infrequently wry mystery that marks an bold debut from a promising younger author.
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1:55 a. m. —Constables O’Hara and Parker arrived at 34 Bennett St. They knocked, came across the door open, and entered. 1:59 a. m. —Rowena Lillywhite referred to as back, disenchanted in regards to the screams that had begun issuing forth from her neighbor’s apartment. in the course of her name, the screams stopped, and he or she instructed the dispatcher that the chanting had began up back. 2:02 a. m. —Richard Drake, the emergency providers manager on accountability, notified Alexander Jefferson, the bathtub leader of police, that there has been anything “bizarre” occurring. As consistent with long-standing directions, Jefferson contacted our bathtub place of work, and the neighborhood crew was once mobilized. So that’s the way it all works, mused Myfanwy. i'm wondering if each manifestation is started with whatever atrocious taking place to a person. the following part seemed to be a rapidly typed file by means of Mahesh Poppat. It was once not easy to make certain, yet whatever concerning the file recommended a frantic situation that the Rook no longer be indignant. He was once most likely looking forward to Gestalt, she suggestion. provided that the final time I observed Gestalt get offended he attempted to strangle the assistance, it’s most likely an inexpensive hindrance. Poppat defined the precautions they'd taken, sealing off the road, developing a fringe. He made an excellent many references to “standard working procedure,” most likely that allows you to avert administrative strangulation. issues had proceeded usually until eventually the Pawns despatched into the home did not emerge. at the least, they'd did not emerge in any recognizable shape. After a flickering of the violet lighting fixtures and plenty of next screams, a torrent of viscous, meaty fluid streamed out one of many home windows. The fluid used to be presently being analyzed to work out if it contained any of the team of workers. a lot to Myfanwy’s shock, this had now not immediately bumped the incident as much as emergency prestige. strong outdated average working approach made one other visual appeal, and a moment, greater staff of Pawns was once despatched in, this time with cameras and a protocol of continuing radio touch. The digital camera feed fizzled, radio touch reduce out, screams set in, fluid emerged, and the chanting persevered unabated. At this element, Poppat (following the handbook conscientiously and scrupulously, he guaranteed the reader) contacted the Rookery. a unique Barghest group was once dispatched from there, and Rook Thomas used to be notified. And right here i'm, so as to bathtub, to monitor the chanting condo that eats humans. A notice within the précis had stuck her eye, and he or she opened the crimson binder and thumbed via until eventually she got here to the right part. The Barghests In conception, each member of the Checquy is definitely versed within the paintings of kicking ass and will be mobilized as a good soldier. an essential component of our schooling at the property is martial arts and guns training—as vital to the curriculum as algebra (which i used to be excellent at) and track (I sucked; they made me play the French horn). yet after all, now not every body is destined to be a fighter. Even these scholars who don’t have hang-ups approximately war of words are often simply greater suited for satisfy another functionality in the association.