"An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked." – Genevieve Cogman, bestselling author of The Invisible Library
Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.
WHEN GHOSTS TALK
SHE WILL LISTEN
Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and they sure do love to talk. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to those they left behind. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and strength. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will rock her world.
Ropa will dice with death as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. And although underground Edinburgh hides a wealth of dark secrets, she also discovers an occult library, a magical mentor and some unexpected allies.
Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?
"A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written." – Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London
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Huchu (The Hairdresser of Harare, as Tendai Huchu) plunges readers into the dark, supernatural recesses of contemporary Edinburgh in his powerhouse fantasy debut and series launch. Headstrong high school dropout Ropafadzo "Ropa" Moyo works as a ghostalker, ferrying messages between the worlds of the dead and the living for the right price. When penniless ghost Nicola comes to Ropa pleading for help, Ropa is initially reluctant to take on her problems until she learns that something is sucking the souls out of the bodies of the city's children. Now Ropa heads on a dangerous hunt to discover who or what is behind these sinister attacks. The mystery contains plenty of twists, turns, and genuinely eerie moments to draw in even the most seasoned horror reader. Huchu writes with a refreshing voice, crafting an intimate portrait of Ropa and her Zimbabwean family amid the delicious paranormal chaos. Precocious, often snarky Ropa, meanwhile, breathes new life into the standard rough-around-the-edges female protagonist. Expertly blending elements of Zimbabwean and Scottish culture, Huchu's occult thriller is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. \n