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Summary

Opening up a world of magic and adventure, The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu is the first book in the Edinburgh Nights series. 

When ghosts talk, she will listen....

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghost talker - and she now speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children - leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honour-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.

She'll dice with death (not part of her life plan...), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She'll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa’s going to hunt them all down.

©2021 T. L. Huchu (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written." (Ben Aaronovitch)

"Roll on the sequel." (The Times)

"One of the strangest and most compelling fantasy worlds you'll see all year." (SFX

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wasnt as original as I had hoped

pre ordered this audio book as reviews seemed promising. as a rivers of london fan I found this to be in a similar vein but just not as gripping. the story line had gaping holes in it which may be filled in later books but a little more detail would have been nice. maybe I have read too much so it's hard to find something truly original these days but felt it was a mish mash of other stories. struggled with the narrator and the irony wasnt lost on me when there is a line in the book about narrators and audio books, it was all a little too stilted.

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Good story, dreadful narration

Awful stilted narration, it is almost like it was being read in 5 word bursts

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Good book

More please. what happened. what will happen next. who is the Tall Man. more about the library and its secrets...

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Interesting take on an alternative history.

Well written with a different take on history. There has been an unspecified disaster in the past resulting in the population living a mixture of modern life with aspects of an early industrial revolution period mixed in. Magic exists and so do ghosts and mediums. The heroine has a wry wit and the story moves at a good pace. The narrator is ok but does tend to get caught up in the excitement, sometimes reading the story with little shade and at a breathless pace. I enjoyed it enough to want to follow the next story when released.