The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

The Rook

By Daniel O'Malley

  • Release Date: 2012-01-11
  • Genre: Fantasy
The Rook book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 396 Ratings)

The Rook Daniel O'Malley Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A quick-witted, genre-bending, and wildly imaginative thriller about the secret organization keeping England--and the world--safe from supernatural threats (one staff meeting at a time).
"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.

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User reviews about this book

  • One of the best books of the year !!!

    5
    By Waynmethod
    The Rook is an impeccably-written story that mixes the real and supernatural in perfect proportions. I literally avoided work for a full day in order to finish reading this book. It was worth taking a sick day.
  • Unique, funny, and well-written

    5
    By Mikebaer77
    Great writing with an interesting premise and a likeable protagonist. Funny too.
  • Worth reading

    4
    By Ckchambers
    I liked it
  • Good Read

    5
    By Handoverfist
    It was a fun ride, I hope to read more Thanks
  • I loved this book!

    4
    By 3gsx
    Great characters, a unique story, would love to read the sequel if and when it is written. I did find the story getting bogged down sometimes, the pacing a bit off, but it ends big and fast, you won't be disappointed.
  • Engrossing

    5
    By CCallahan011
    Completely engrossing, this book enthralled me from the first paragraph. I read a fair amount and this is the best book I've read in quite a while. The back stories and character developments are revealed alongside the plot developments in a very well written tale that has made me long for another book from this author. The premise of the story was unique and as you start out discovering everything alongside the main character, her identity and why she's in danger; demanded my attention. I've already recommend this book to several of my friends and will continue to do so.
  • Great read!

    4
    By Darrell521
    Quirky, but a definite page-turner!
  • Absolutely Amazing

    5
    By Jax the Awesome
    This has been one of the most fun reads I've done in a while. I pray there will be a squel.
  • The Rook delivers.

    5
    By Beck$TN
    The Rook is fast paced, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. The only criticism is the ending. I think there are multiple endings (perhaps the author wasn't sure about how to end the book) but that is okay. I hope this becomes a series. Read it!
  • Riveting Rook

    5
    By Trayyyver
    I started this & finished it in two days! I had to know what happened! Totally worth the money! Elpop

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