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The Rook
01 Jan 2013 * HARDBACK * £16.99 * 9781908800374

An astonishing fantasy debut about the secret organization keeping Britain safe from supernatural threat.

Fiction / FM (Fantasy)
Extent: 496 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
Exclusive: GB IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA AU NZ US
Also in The Checquy Files series
The RookThe Checquy Files, 1by Daniel O'Malley

'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 Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare and deadly supernatural ability of her own.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, The Rook is a richly inventive, suspenseful fantasy. An astonishing debut from a brilliant new voice.

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.

'Just outrageously good. A rich secret world to play in and a superpowered and frequently hilarious heroine' Lev Grossman

'Utterly convincing and engrossing – totally thought-through and frequently hilarious' Time

'Stop reading right now and go pick up The Rook. Hands down, I have not enjoyed a good supernatural novel this much for some time' Wired

A delightful first novel... O'Malley weaves common ideas into a hugely likeable world, mixing action adventure with humour... The book is blessed with strong plot hooks, a witty authorial voice and a heroine with her own mind. There's a great TV show here' SFX

'Packed full of twists, O'Malley creates a lively and absorbing world' Daily Express

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