The Checquy: a centuries-old covert organisation that protects the nation from supernatural threat. The Grafters: a centuries-old supernatural threat.
After centuries of rivalry and bloodshed, The Checquy and The Grafters are on the verge of joining forces and only one person has the supernatural skills to get the job done - Myfanwy Thomas. But as a wave of gruesome atrocities sweep London, old hatreds ignite and negotiations grind to a halt....
©2016 Daniel O'Malley (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"Packed full of twists, O'Malley creates a lively and absorbing world." (Daily Express on The Rook)
The change in narrator was a bad decision and disappointing. Every time she mispronounced a name I mentally corrected her, which was distracting. However, more annoying was how she split sentances so the narrative didn't flow as well as it should and spoilt the action at times.
Story was good, but rambled a bit at times. I still found myself laughing out loud at parts and it was enjoyable, perhaps not quite as good as The Rook. I put that down to the narrator and if it had been read by the previous narrator and I'm sure it would've given it 5 stars all round.
having developed strong characters in the first book the author largely ignores these and focuses on new characters
performance wise some if the accents are rather off and the striking change of the accent of myfanwy is a shock having just listened to the first book. I'm pretty sure that there it explains that myfanwy is pronounced to rhyme with Tiffany and that she isn't in fact welsh!
Shame the narrator couldn't pronounce the names properly, as a big fan of the rook it made me cringe when she pronounced the names wrong. Myfawny is pronounced to sound like Tiffany, the chequey is pronounced sheckay not checkee.... and the grafters... oh hell. Speed the book up a bit for full enjoyment. She reads it really slowly.
Being book two I expected the narrator to be the same, or to have at least read the first book. It was very grating that she miss pronounced a main characters name most of the way through.
Does start rambling on occasion and could usefully lose one to two hours. But it is on the whole, very good
Great story. Shame it was ruined by the fact that no one on the production team could be bothered to read the first book. After the first book was all about Myfanwy's identity how could they get this so wrong?
Rather like a literary snowball at the top of a snowy mountaintop, the story gathers size and speed as it goes.
Told with relish and style.
Londoner based in Glasgow, enjoy doodles and reading
Such a shame that the narrator of this book hadn't read or listened to the first in the series. Very jarring to have characters and organisations change so drastically. Myfanwy is Miffany and she isn't Welsh!
I really enjoyed the first book & was excited to know the sequel was also available. Great story, characters etc. But when the first novel starts (paraphrasing) something like I don't say my name like the Welsh version, rather it rhymes with Tiffany... (main character couldn't be more non Welsh) and in the sequel she has a Welsh accent and traditionally pronounced name...feel like a super -lazy production. :(
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