By Daniel O'Malley

Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded through useless our bodies. along with her reminiscence long gone, her basically desire of survival is to belief the directions left in her pocket by means of her former self. She fast learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a mystery company that protects the area from supernatural threats. yet there's a mole contained in the association and this individual desires her dead.

As Myfanwy battles to save lots of herself, she encounters somebody with 4 our bodies, a lady who can input her goals, childrens remodeled into lethal warring parties, and an unimaginably huge conspiracy. Suspenseful and hilarious, THE ROOK is an outrageously creative debut for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of pink slime.

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During my time on the property, I were taken there with a number of bouts of flu, evening terrors, crying hysterics, skinned knees, apprehensive diarrhea, stress-induced vomiting, anxiety-based nosebleeds, sprained ankles, and publicity to the weather after you have misplaced on a camping out journey; in a single memorable incident, i used to be decanted there after being dredged from the ground of the pool part drowned. So I felt a trifle uncomfortable as I walked in. one of many scientific employees instantly grabbed Steffi to debate the restoration of a kid who’d injured his spinnerets at the trouble direction, leaving me to face awkwardly on my own. The in poor health youngsters and that i appeared one another with a specific amount of wariness. They have been there for a number of issues, starting from activities accidents to having a number of appendices got rid of to tonsillitis to a foul case of laminitis. They knew who i used to be, in fact, and even if that they had been knowledgeable concerning the striking authority of a Rook, and even if the opportunity of my supernatural presents was once legend, i used to be certain that humiliating anecdotes of my formative years have been passed down within the dormitory from scholar to scholar. i used to be a little heartened, in spite of the fact that, to determine them quail a bit less than my gaze. ultimately, having stood silently for a couple of minutes, I felt pressured to head over to the kid who used to be relating to me with the widest eyes. He was once Martin Heyer, a nine-year-old whose contact may possibly actually curdle one’s blood. He used to be a darling little factor with soiled blond hair and was once donning the child-size latex gloves the Checquy supplies to kids who haven’t really won regulate in their touch-based powers. I have been compelled to put on them for a couple of weeks at the start of my time on the property. I mentally reviewed Martin’s documents and recalled that he loved football and technological know-how and used to be being fast-tracked towards study. And it appears he had pneumonia. “Hullo,” I stated hesitantly. “My identify is—” “I understand, you’re Rook Myfanwy,” he wheezed. “I had a dream approximately you final evening. ” “Oh, yeah? ” I requested. “What did you dream? ” “I dreamed member of the court docket gave the order,” he whispered, “and then a guy took your thoughts. ” He stared at me in terror, and that i stared again at him, thoroughly shocked. “What? ” I whispered. “You won’t be aware of who you are,” he acknowledged, commencing to attract deep shuddering breaths. His students have been huge, immense, and his eyes have been glassy as hell. i realized with alarm that he used to be beginning to flip faintly blue. My cellular rang, and that i seemed round. the opposite little ones, faraway from caring at their compatriot’s obvious drawing close respiration failure, had became their consciousness to their books, digital tune thingies, and hand-held machine video games. “I attempted to inform you,” he whispered, “but you didn’t understand who you have been. you simply stood there, with black eyes. ” A nurse approached. “Ooh, my darling, are we having a few hassle? ” she requested the gasping baby. She simply unlooped a transparent plastic masks from a stand by way of the mattress and held it to his mouth. “All correct, sweetie, sizeable deep breaths.

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