The Rook

The Rook

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2012
ISBN: 9780316098793
Branch Call Number: OMAL
Characteristics: 486 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 29, 2017

I could not even finish the first chapter before I was too disgusted by the male voice attempting to write a female character. I don't know if it is just ignorant, amateur writing or sexist arrogance but that was offensive. I don't know why all the glowing reviews say the protagonist is such a "smart, witty, and intriguing" character.

If a person wakes up with no memory of who they are, in a ring of dead bodies, and a letter from their former self with a warning of danger, there is a lot of potential for interesting character development and moral reasoning - who am I, why am I in danger, am I responsible for all these bodies I woke up next to, and so on. Instead, we get the main character checking out her naked body in the mirror to observe that she is "not sexy," "scrawny" with shaved legs and a bikini wax (because THAT was an important detail for character development, right?) and concluding that she could "do better" - as in, "I would never be Hot but with a lot of work, the right budget, some makeup, I could be Cute." Because, priorities, right? If we're dealing with a woman, the most important thing is to worry about attractiveness, never mind the danger and other important things going on, I suppose? That is a shallow and disrespectful view of the female mind and completely ruined my interest in where the story was going, and discredited the character as relatable, for me.

CMLReads_Kristin Jun 20, 2017

This will appeal to fans of Dr. Who and/or Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next titles. Fast paced, funny, supernatural, and British!

Feb 26, 2017

I wasn't able to finish the book. I only made it to 200 pages and so. The setting is interesting with this mysterious superpower cope agency. That the main character had amenasia but still able to follow back to her "normal" life is quite fascinating. My problem with the book is that the story is way too slow with loads of unnessisary details packed in the lines. The letters olk myfanny wrote to the new one was long and tedious, which also seems really unrealistic to me. The story was also full of quite wierd mental activity of Myfanny. The character was constantly comparing herself with other person for the appearance. Overall, I like the idea of the story but the type of writing is not my cup of tea.

Nov 21, 2016

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this since I generally like hard SF much better than fantasy but the way this book uses the main character's total amnesia is so amazingly original, funny and at times heartbreaking meant that the occasionally over the top fantastical parts never bothered me.

SFPL_danielay Oct 31, 2016

Complete memory loss has never been more fun. Myfanwy Thomas wakes up in a park surrounded by dead bodies and no idea of who she is or what happened. Luckily she has letters from her former self to guide her as she tries to uncover who wiped her memory without anybody finding out about it - not a small feat when you are a high official in a secret supernatural government agency charged with protecting the country.

Aug 16, 2016

I am not usually a fan of conspiracy theory stories, I really liked this story. I loved the slow building of Myfanwy's knowledge of her life & memory. A remarkable story, unlike anything I've read before. The characters were well filled out for the most part. In short, I am now a fan and will search out more O'Malley works.

LoganLib_Bryony Jun 03, 2016

Secret government society!
Supernatural powers!
Supernatural monsters!
The Rook has it all!
Written by Australian author Daniel O'Malley, The Rook begins with Myfanwy Thomas waking in a park surrounded by dead men all wearing latex gloves. She has no idea who she is or how she got there but she does find a note in her coat pocket telling her the body she inhabits is hers now and she is in danger.
Filled with fantastic writing, humor, conspiracies, action and adventure The Rook is one of my favorite books and I'm really looking forward to book 2 due out late 2016.

Mar 16, 2016

I really enjoyed this book.

Myfanwy Thomas (pronounced as Miffany, like Tiffany) is a supernatural secret agent working for a classified organization that deals with the abnormal, supernatural, and the paranormal.

One day, she wakes up in the middle of a park with dead bodies around her. She reaches out into her pocket and finds a letter that says: "Dear you, that body you are wearing used to be mine."

Anyone who likes conspiracies, supernatural creatures, magical powers, and a little bit of humor I highly recommend you read this book!

Feb 08, 2016

This book was a lot of fun to read. It took a few chapters for it to pick up but once you begin to understand this world, you will wish you were a part of it.

Aug 12, 2015

I normally don't read this genre but the subject matter of this particular book appealed to me. I thought it was very interesting and a lot of fun. Definitely enjoyed reading this book

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