The Rook Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the story of a woman who wakes up with amnesia and is caught up in the political intrigues of a secret organization of mainly super-powered individuals. Myfawny Thomas is a highly intelligent woman in her mid-thirties who can control other people's bodies with her mind, but she has lost her memories and now has to continue her dangerous work without her co-workers finding out, and uncover which of them ordered the attack that caused her amnesia.
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When Myfawny Thomas wakes without her memories and surrounded by bodies, she's lucky she planned ahead and left herself letters explaining her situation and her work. Her job for a British organization that deals with supernatural threats and is whose elite is made up of people with unusual abilities - 'The Chequy' - is challenging, but it allows her to search for clues as to the identity of her attacker. Meanwhile, a group of people who have tried to induce superpowers through surgery for centuries and whom the Chequy have been at war with before resurfaces and infiltrates the higher ranks of the Chequy itself. Myfawny's control over her powers increases, and she takes the lead in the effort to uncover the traitors in their ranks before they strike.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved the tone of the book, which defuses the horror of some of the supernatural threats with extremely dry humor. The world building and exploration of the characters' powers is intriguing.

Best scene in story: One event narrated is the birth of a dragon, complete with all the pomp and circumstance the 'dragon whisperer' demands... it does not go well. It's the large scale equivalent to an office meeting gone wrong, and it's entertaining and hilarious.

Opinion about the main character: Myfawny is a very capable and well-rounded character who displays enormous bravery as easily and believably as simple stupidity.

The review of this Book prepared by Kartharina Meyer a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   mind control (scifi) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   amnesia Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind control Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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