The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
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...the bread crumbs are not particularly hard to follow if you’re paying attention. Still, odds are it’s something you’ll be more than willing to forgive: O’Malley, after all, has to hang his imagination on some kind of framework...
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"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 Daniel O'Malley

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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 childhoom home, Australia. He now works for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.
 
Published January 11, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 504 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Berry on Feb 03 2012

A genre novel that uses its conventions more like a tub of Lego than a set of instructions, it’s a book of wild imagination and overflowing wit.

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Reviewed by David Berry on Feb 03 2012

...the bread crumbs are not particularly hard to follow if you’re paying attention. Still, odds are it’s something you’ll be more than willing to forgive: O’Malley, after all, has to hang his imagination on some kind of framework...

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