Stiletto is the second part of the Rook Files series written by Daniel o’Malley. This is a very British type of fantasy story where nothing is really as it seems. With inspiration from Monty Python and Men In Black. Please note Head of Zeus sent me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
STILETTO BY DANIEL O’MALLEY
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. 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.
I think the 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 Stiletto a good read. I liked the fantastical elements 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 of Stiletto takes place in Scotland. 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. It works very well as a standalone novel.