The Rook: A Novel

By Daniel O'Malley

"The physique you're donning was once mine." So starts the letter Myfanwy Thomas is maintaining while she awakes in a London park surrounded by way of our bodies all donning latex gloves. without recollection of who she is, Myfanwy needs to persist with the directions her former self left at the back of to find her id and tune down the brokers who are looking to spoil her.

She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a mystery association referred to as the Chequy that battles the numerous supernatural forces at paintings in Britain. She additionally discovers that she possesses an extraordinary, almost certainly lethal supernatural skill of her personal.

In her quest to discover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters anyone with 4 our bodies, an aristocratic girl who can input her desires, a mystery education facility the place childrens are remodeled into lethal opponents, and a conspiracy extra enormous than she ever can have imagined.

Filled with characters either interesting and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly creative, suspenseful, and infrequently wry mystery that marks an formidable debut from a promising younger author.

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In case you will excuse me? ” Sir Henry nodded, and Bittner strode off. He slid open a door prime into the courtyard the place the egg stood, and that i flinched because the wind blew in. I’d taken the chance to examine the egg past within the day. darkish blue, with a faintly pebbled floor and centuries’ worthy of airborne dirt and dust flooring in, it was once two times as tall as me and may have taken 4 or 5 of me conserving fingers to encircle it. It used to be nonetheless, a bit snow piled up on best of it, and it made me very uncomfortable. Bittner invited me to the touch it, yet, cautious of any attainable activation of my powers, I placed my palms at the back of my again and declined.

The submitting cupboards gave the look of that they had the best strength for yielding priceless info. pcs are all rather well, yet I can’t decide their locks as simply as i will be able to these on doorways. So I enable my gloved arms do a little jogging. and that i got here up with various fascinating evidence, even supposing they looked to be constrained to the subjects of funds and the scholars. the remainder of the data needs to be saved within the information or in a special workplace. The earliest files i may locate for this Camp Caius dated again two decades.

Oh… good,” stated Myfanwy. “Anyway, Cyrus, may you fill me in at the scenario within the police station? ” He nodded and commenced to talk in a very soporific droning voice. Myfanwy, already hungover, low on sleep, having been probed, tired, injected, scanned, and scraped, stumbled on her eyelids drooping. yet she controlled to extract a number of key proof from the lecture. in accordance with numerous reviews: (a) A nondescript guy walked into the station and, together with his naked palms, broke the neck of the individual closest to him prior to turning and locking the door he had come via.

A few imprecise division. We attempted to trace you down, however it was once miles of purple tape. And we had no suggestion the place you have been, what was once occurring. It simply became out more straightforward to not give it some thought both. however the funds stored coming. They’re purchasing my university,” acknowledged Bronwyn shyly. reimbursement from the Checquy, inspiration Myfanwy. i ponder how a lot I’m worthy. “What are you learning? ” she requested. “Fashion,” acknowledged Bronwyn. “Oh, fabulous! might be you could teach me,” acknowledged Myfanwy. “I’m thoroughly ignorant approximately all facets of style.

And we concurrently hung up. Then I made a decision right down to the IT part and plunged the town of Liverpool into darkness. “Ingrid, the subject’s from Argentina? ” I referred to as during the doorways. “Yes. ” “I’ll have to communicate to at least one of the Chevs then. Get me a line to whoever’s there. And why hasn’t Gestalt known as me? ” “Eckhart’s in Paris, Gubbins is on-line one, and Gestalt is online ” got here the composed resolution. I snatched up the telephone and stabbed at line one. “Harry? ” “One sec, Myfanwy. ” I heard him placing the telephone down and talking to another person.

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