Review: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

I recently participated in Goodread’s “Nothing But Challenges” Club’s Secret Santa. Each person was assigned someone else who was supposed to review their Goodreads “TBR” shelves and recommend some books for them. My original Secret Santa didn’t respond but someone else was nice enough to recommend books for me. The books that were recommended were: Code Name Verity, Angelfall, Stormdancer, The Sea of Tranquility, Graceling and The Rook. I decided to choose The Rook just for something a little different.

The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)

Title: The Rook (The Checquy Files #1)
Author: Daniel O’Malley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 
Publication Date: January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 486 pages
Source: Obtained from local Library 

3.5 hippos (out of 5 hippos)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
“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

About the Author (from Goodreads):
Dan O’Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master’s Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.

My Review:

You wake up one morning in the middle of a park with a bunch of people with latex gloves on lying all around you. You don’t remember anything, not even who you are. What do you think? What do you do? You find a letter in your jacket pocket and read it- it explains a few things… 

The Rook was a very interesting read. The beginning of the story has a lot of background about the character since she herself if starting to learn about who she is. Throughout the book there are several “inserts” into the story written from the main character to the main character. This allows readers to get background information on the characters which I really liked. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of the main character without them being directly inserted into the story. It was also fantastic to get background information on the characters without having to have them go into their own stories.

The book was a fun read but I found some parts were a little slow, but it started to pick up as Myfawyny (the main character) started to learn more about herself and we started to be able to piece things together and complete the story. Overall it was a good read.


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