I'm not a huge fan of spy thrillers, but throw in a few monsters and a fantasy twist to the secret agent genre and you have the imaginative world of the Rook. The main character has lost her memory, and is guided by letters from her former self - an interesting variation on memory loss. The letters from the "former self" are a nice way to explain the backdrop of a world where monsters are mixed in with society and mutant children with super powers are raised to positions in a secret government agency. The main character is a young woman who gradually becomes aware of her own powers - both personal and supernatural - and the author does a good job of expanding the character throughout the story. The Rook isn't quite like anything else I've read - and I liked it much better than I expected to. If you like fantasy in the modern world with humor and adventure mixed in, you'll enjoy the Rook. If the author writes more books about these characters I will definitely read/listen to them -- but if not, the Rook was a satisfying story on its own. It's nice to find a book that can stand alone and isn't automatically the set up for a series or a trilogy in the making. This was a very enjoyable listen -one I might actually listen to again!
I only got 5 hours in before I had to stop; story progresses too slow. The mysterious nature of the main character's amnesia made it difficult to form a bond with her and subsequently I did not care for her situation. The narrator didn't help either, she was overzealous at times (mainly when she was irritated at something). It's possible that the book gets a lot better but after the first 5 hours I couldn't take anymore.
I thought it was an enjoyable book, the mystery wasn't all the only thing I really didn't like is the interruptions here and there where one chapter would stop in the middle of something exciting and the next was something completely different, and then it would get back to what you were listening to the chapter before last.
I wanted to enjoy this book but really couldn't. It's like a mash up Jasper Fforde's zaniness and China Meiville's altered reality. I wanted it to work but it just seemed to drag on forever with countless flash backs and forwards. I listened to this on 30 hour car trip and it kept me awake. That's about my highest praise. I sure will not buy the follow up.
I have a listening addiction.
This book was an enjoyable listen. The Narrator was great at handling all the characters' voices as they spanned the range of American, British, & European. The story line was on a teen level; I place this book in the range of author Garth Nix - Teen rated, yet interesting enough for adults. The plot centers around a young woman working for a secret government agency that uses people with special abilities to combat supernatural events. She wakes up with no memory and attempts to rebuild her life.This book is in the fantasy / scifi category and yet will appeal to readers who enjoy a mystery.
Susan Duerden is fantastic. She does a great job with the different characters - British accent and all - and embodies Myfanwy Thomas exactly as I would have imagined.
Myfanwy is an outstanding heroine. I never felt frustrated with her progress or choices, but instead was cheering her on at each harrowing turn. The juxtaposition of her former self via the carefully planned journals and her newfound life creates a character the reader can empathize with almost immediately.
Susan's accent and expertly pronounced Welsch/British/Belgian vernacular added an authenticity to the story that I would not have experienced had I been reading the novel via print.
While Daniel O'Malley writes a compelling novel, the characterization of the "mutants" hits a little too close to X-men for The Rook to considered an original.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!
absolutely, I already have. Really a creative story line, good characters, and great performance. It was a book that both my husband and I enjoyed.
The creativity of the work that Daniel has created.
no I have not.
The description sounded interesting but I have to confess I was a little hesitant. The amnesia aspect worried me as I could easily see how badly that could be mishandled and either made meaningless, annoying, ridiculous,etc...
BUT instead I thought it was done really well. In fact the mystery of self discovery (of who she "IS" vs who she "WAS") intertwining with the main plot events, etc.... all worked to make a really good listen.
Pleasant voice to listen to but somewhat hard to understand at times.
No. Too many characters and hard to follow at times. Spent a lot of time listening to parts over and over.
Maybe an abridged copy would have been easier to follow.
What can I say, I loved this book. I hope there will be more. It was clever, interesting and funny. My only criticism is that I wanted more.