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Oh how I love this book - let me count the ways…
Stiletto begins a few short months after the end of The Rook. The Grafters and the Checquy are merging into one clandestine organization. The largest fly in the ointment is the fact both organizations have indoctrinated generations of their members to hate each other. Both have very valid reasons behind their loathing. However when you have a Rook who has no memory and thus no hatred and another leader who had moved past his anger – you have a merger that might just happen. However, and there is always a sticky wicket - there is a group which has been terrorizing the Grafters in Europe and have followed them to London (where the Checquy is based) and has continued their guerrila style attacks against the Grafters – threatening to undermine the peace and merger that is trying to be achieved.
This book is dense, fun and absolutly fantastic! Now the thing is…if you are looking for a book told exclusivly from Myfanwy’s point of view (like The Rook was) you will be a bit disappointed – she is in it, a key player and we often hear from her (for that matter you do meet everyone from the last book at one point or another in the new one, sometimes in very entertaining situations, which is great fun as well – just in case you’re wondering)– but this is more about Felicity Clements of the Chequy and Odette Leliefeld of the Grafters – and how they come to terms with each other’s very different organizations. While the book goes into the very conflicted history of these two organizations – O’Malley does a great job of keeping it to the point and very human (read relatable). You understand why both sides feel the way they do and it is difficult to say who exactly you are rooting for when you have both sides of the story….
To get the absolute most out of Stiletto you do need to have read The Rook – you know the core charecters and structure of our secret government organization right off the bat and it gives you a better understanding of what is happening in Stiletto. Seriously I worried about how O’Malley was going to follow up The Rook since it was such a great and unique story style – and he did an absolutly outstanding job! I can’t give you the whys and how-fores – since spoilers – but just trust me this book is worth your time!— Amber
In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.
When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:
The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...
The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.
But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.
Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist).
About the Author
Daniel 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 childhood home, Australia, where he works for the Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.