Monday, 4 February 2013

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Checquy Files 1: The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

Release Date: 01/01/13


'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 Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare and deadly supernatural ability of her own. Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful fantasy. An astonishing debut from a brilliant new voice.


Debut authors really are a joy and whilst some may not like to try them due to them not having a lot of experience with getting their idea’s out there are some that just transcend what is expected and take the reader on not only one hell of a journey but one that leaves them short of breath as each facet is carefully revealed to give the reader something special.

Such is the case with this Urban Fantasy Debut by Daniel O’Malley who utilises amnesia wonderfully as the principle character is thrown into a world that they not only have no clue existed but one that has one hell of a lethal bite if you take a wrong turn. Its entertaining, has some great turns of phrase and with a book back that just demands your time you know that you’re in for a treat.

Finally add to the mix a wonderful use of story arc, a great lead character and an unusual as well as inventive world which all round make this a title that you really can’t ignore. Great stuff.

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