'Satisfying and spellbinding' Charlaine Harris. The sequel to acclaimed THE ROOK (now a major TV series!). Debuted at no.1 on US Bookscan's fantasy chart.
Rook Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.
After years of enmity and bloodshed, two secret organisations with otherworldly abilities must merge, and there is only one person with the fearsome powers -- and bureaucratic finesse -- to get the job done.
Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between deadly rivals the Checquy -- a centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats; and the Grafters -- a centuries-old supernatural threat.
But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Only Myfanwy and two women who detest each other can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.
'Endlessly imaginative and stupendously diverting' Australian Women's Weekly
The all-star TV adaptation of THE ROOK is available to stream on Stan in Australia and Starz in the US.
The promise of O'Malley's supernatural thriller The Rook isn't fulfilled in this lackluster sequel. The people of Britain are guarded by the Checquy Group, "the secret Government department that employed the supernatural to protect the populace from the supernatural." Checquy operatives had been taught that a rival group, the Grafters, who were able to "twist and warp living flesh to suit their purposes," had been exterminated; but, as the current book opens, the Checquy lower ranks receive double shocks: not only do the Grafters still exist, but they are to be integrated into the Checquy Group itself. The task of making the improbable alliance work falls to Myfanwy Thomas, a high-ranking Checquy who's uniquely able to completely control others' bodies. There are bizarre acts of violence for example, a birthday cake consumes an entire family but they don't create a sense of menace. The highlights come from O'Malley's dry humor, but readers unamused by lines such as "No situation is improved by the presence of a gigantic anus" will find this a rough slog.
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A triumph of a sequel. This book lives up to the charm, excitement and fascination of a world with supernatural Chequeys and scientific Frankenstein-wizard Grafters. Superb ending, and it certainly looks as if there will be more books coming hurrah!