June 29, 2021

#BookReview: The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights #1) by T.L. Huchu






Synopsis: Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.

When a child goes missing in Edinburgh's darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She'll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

When ghosts talk, she will listen...

Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she 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 honor-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 gonna hunt them all down.



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Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: 
This was an insane read that I could not put down. The characters kept me reading far into the night and this 300+ pages felt more like 600. And that was fine by me. I can not wait for the next one in the series. This dark adult fantasy paranormal title was the perfect story for me.









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Praise for The Library of the Dead:

"A fast-paced, future-set Edinburgh thriller. The Library of the Dead mixes magical mysteries with a streetwise style of writing . . . roll on the sequel." ―The Times

"One of the strangest and most compelling fantasy worlds you’ll see all year . . . We can't wait for the next volume." ― SFX

"Contemporary fantasy, at its best, is both escapist and urgent: this does both admirably." ― The Scotsman

“Expertly blending elements of Zimbabwean and Scottish culture, Huchu’s occult thriller is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked.” - Genevieve Cogman

“Fast-moving and entertaining.” - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series

“What a delight. Great pacing, wonderfully creepy villains, and so much fun!” - A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name

About the Author

T. L. Huchu (he/him) has been published previously (as Tendai Huchu) in the adult market, but The Library of the Dead is his genre fiction debut. His previous books (The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate and the Mathematician) have been translated into multiple languages and his short fiction has won awards. Tendai grew in up Zimbabwe but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life.









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