THE CHECQUY: A centuries-old covert organization that protects the nation from supernatural threat.
THE GRAFTERS: The oldest of those threats.
Rook Myfanwy Thomas is trying to prevent all out supernatural war with the oldest enemy of the Checquy, but someone keeps trying to assassinate her (again).
What is needed is a precise strike that eliminates the problem cleanly and...more
Such as? Action buildups that suddenly cut to long and unasked for history lessons and expositions that sometimes, eventually, bring out an aspect of the story that will, also eventually, fit right into the tale. Unfortunately for me, it kicks me right out of the telling and I've got to reign in all my en ...more
It still had some humor and bizzare stuff but it wasn't great to me. 😕 I liked well enough though.
Felicity kept her gun and her eyes firmly pointed at the man. Unfortunately, that meant that she got a good look at his backside. It was hairless, but then, so was the rest of him. Or at least, the parts that she could see. There was no hair on his scalp, but was a set of curious bony ridges ringing his head. His skin was paper whi...more
How I wanted to love you! How I wanted to immerse myself in your pages. I wanted laugh out loud at the Chequey's zany monster encounters, chuckle at the witty dialogue and zip along with an intriguing plot. I wanted to enjoy intriguing characters with bizarre talents running around London.
Instead, I have a young woman mourning a lost love and baffled by her inclusion into a diplomatic mission, the slow pace of the diplomatic mission interrupted by mysterious deaths, and the even s ...more
The Checquy, a top secret British agency of people with supernatural powers, are contemplating a peace accord and merger with their hereditary enemies, the Belgian Wetenschappelijk Broederschap van Natuurkundigen (the “Scientific Brotherhood of Physicists”), whom the Checquy dismissively call the “Grafters.” While Checquy members are born ...more
Unfortunately for me, and fortunately (?) for all of you: I don't have good GIF game. So I'm going to hunker down and do my damnedest to explain:
* Just why Stiletto was worth the four-year wait,
* How Daniel O'Malley is clearly a badass feminist, who writes excellent ...more
The first is pretty unknown, which is just too bad. It is weird and fantastical and clever and ripping good fun.
I have been hoping and hoping to see a sequel for Myfanwy & Co. and now I just need to count the days until I actually can read it. ...more
An excellent sequel and an enjoyable book overall, but it was far too long and had a few really unnecessary storylines that detracted from the central plot. However, I did love the two new POV characters in this one. The rotating perspectives worked really well and I think expanded on the world of the series phenomenally.
I must confess, I only finished The Rook last month when the surprise arrival of a Stiletto ARC prompted me to do some quick catching up with the series, so I can’t claim to have waited for this sequel for as long as others. That said though, I was no less excited to jump right in! I loved the first book, and practically dove into this next one straight away.
The first thing you should know about Stiletto is that even tho ...more
It may have taken four years but we finally have a sequel to that delightful, quirky supernatural thriller The Rook. It was one of my favorite books of 2012 and I was a bit worried about the sequel. I wasn't sure where O'Malley would be able to go after the conclusion of The Rook. I was also worried that Myfanwy Thomas, the protagonist from the first book, was too powerful to serve as an effective focus for a sequel ...more
Well, I actually read it last week, sort of by accident. It was sitting there at the library, in pride of placed, and I grabbed it on a whim. I'm so glad I did.
Stiletto is serious fun. The characters are well-rounded, the humour balance ...more
I don't even know what I expected from Stiletto. The Rook was unique and it managed to grab my attention in spite of a slow start and a bit too much info dumping. Unfortunately Stiletto wasn't better than The Rook and considering that the concept wasn't a surprise anymore it didn't satisfy my expectations. Not completely anyway.
> The pacing was lacking a bit of balance. The first half of the story progressed a ...more
This book takes of just after the last book ended - the Chequey and the Grafters trying to form an alliance. This process is complicated by the fact that both organisations are indoctrinated to hate the other - which makes sense from an in-story-perspective but still got annoying ...more
— A.J. O’Connell
from The Best Bo ...more
Different from Rook - with two new Povs story feels a bit more spread out and not as intense. Also it doesn’t have the mystery element to it - slowly uncovering the secret world – rather dives straight into paranormal action tentacles and all.
If I’d want to grumble, I could mention few slower stretches of Grafter’s history in the first third of the book. But I love O’Malley’s writing and humour too much, so I won’t. :)
All in all I’d say – weaker than the Rook but still very e ...more
In short though it's funny, thought provoking, bizarre and an all around good time. It totally lived up to my expectations.
I received this book upon request from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more
I think the best part of this book was the humor. Very dry British style thrown in to make the absurd funny. The story itself was OK, mostly predictable. I did like the historical aspect it added. It reads somewhere between James Bond and Bridget Jones.
Sometimes when you come across a book that fits your current mood, everything about it makes sense. I was desperately in need of a laugh when I picked up this one up and went into it not expecting much, but as soon as I started reading, the humor and alt-history got to me. More on that below.
Me, when I found out that the blurb made false promises about the main characters because instead of Myfanwy (the MC of the first book), two other women named Odette and Felicity play the leading roles:
Me, as I hoped for at least a good plot:
Me, when I noticed I was starting to like both Odette and Felicity:
Me, when I realized after half of the book that I am bored but do not want to DNF it:
Me, after 400 pages realising that the perspective of the main character I was most ...more
Myfanwy, the main character from The Rook, is here, and she even gets some POV, but the majority of narrative real estate belongs to Felicity and Odette. Felicity Clements is a Pawn from the Checquy, and Odette Lelefield is a Grafter. We see the story from both their perspectives as ...more
A great follow up to a wonderful debut!
I was surprised and delighted when I read The Rook. It was refreshing, entertaining, and just the right amount of crazy. So of course I was excited to read the sequel, Stiletto. And while I did enjoy The Rook a teensy bit more, I still had a blast reading Stiletto!
The only reason I liked Stiletto less was that the main character from the first book, Myfanwy, had a much smaller roll. In fact, she was barely in the beginning of the book. And my othe ...more
A disappointment after its smartly-paced and inventively weird predecessor The Rook. Yet t ...more