Rook Myfanwy Thomas is trying to prevent all out supernatural war with the oldest enemy of the Checquy, but someone keeps trying to assassinate her (again).
What is needed is a precise strike that eliminates the problem cleanly and completely. And so these two ancient enemies each select an agent and task them to work together in secret to destroy this cabal working towards war…
Stiletto by Daniel o’Malley is the long awaited sequel to The Rook (which you should totally read if you haven’t already) and the only way I can really describe these books is it’s the british version of Men In Black but with more fantastical creatures and British humor. In fact I think the very very British humor in this was the thing that stood out the most to me. This book is very very silly, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and that makes for a very enjoyable read.
However that doesn’t necessarily make this a good read. I liked it but it wasn’t great. It seemed to drag on forever in parts. There was quite a lot of unnecessary exposition especially around the history of the Grafters. The Rook was written entirely from Myfanwy’s point of view so I was thrown off quite bad when I found this was written from a number of different pov’s. The end part takes place in Scotland and I couldn’t enjoy it because it seemed that o’Malley hadn’t consulted a map at all before writing distances. I realise there are parts of Scotland that are totally uninhabited for miles and miles but it would have taken all of 5 minutes for him to learn that everything is very close together in central Scotland. Okay mini rant over. But I have to say though it wasn’t very good, I still enjoyed it. Maybe even if you don’t read this give The Rook a try because it works very well as a standalone novel.
*I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus in exchange for an honest review.