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The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights, 1) (edició 2021)

de T. L. Huchu (Autor)

Sèrie: Edinburgh Nights (1)

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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. 'A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written' - Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London 'I highly recommend The Library of the Dead' - Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series When ghosts talk, she will listen . . . Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker - 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 . . .) as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets. And in the process, she discovers an occult library and some unexpected allies. Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted? 'Roll on the sequel' - The Times 'One of the strangest and most compelling fantasy worlds you'll see all year' - SFX… (més)
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Títol:The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights, 1)
Autors:T. L. Huchu (Autor)
Informació:Tor Books (2021), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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This book is something else. It is not an easy read or listen to, because just like life, multiple things are happening all at once. Ropa is just 14. She lives in the poorest part of Edinburgh, in a caravan with her sister and her grandmother. Time is a bit hard to tell. It fells almost like an alternative universe, but Scotland is different from the one we know exists.

First off, ghosts are real, and they can ask for help, and there must be people there to offer it. Ropa end up on a journey to find not only a few missing children, but what the heck happened to the children that disappeared then returned looking old. But there are other stories taking place at the same time. Stories like the library and how Ropa makes friends and realizes she has some magic. It’s just kitchen magic, not anything she could ever go to school for (not that she could pay for that anyway).

To be honest, I don’t quiet get the title as very little take place in or around the library and it’s just a plot device. However, I did enjoy this book once I got into it. It was nothing like I thought it would be based on title and over, but once I was into the story I was hooked. And you HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION. The slightest thing may mean something and if you miss it you are lost. I listened to this on audiobook and had to keep rewinding. It took me like 16 hours to listen to a 12 hour audiobook. (I don’t know the actual times). But here’s the thing. I wanted to. That is right, I wanted to go back and get every relevant story point I missed.

Is this the best story I have ever read, no. In fact, I don’t even rate it high. I finished this a few weeks ago, and the story has just stuck like molasses. It is still here and with me. I started book two right away after my pallet cleanser. I am now addicted to this world and fell sorrow I must wait for book 3.

While I don’t love this book, I find it comforting in that it feels very life like. Ropa has a life just like all of us. You finally think you get ahead and something else comes up. You must cover more than just one story in life. There are tangents and there are curves that happen while the rest of life if still going on, and I think this author does a better job showing that then any other book I have ever read.

So, once again, I liked this book, I didn’t love it. But I live in this story. This story stays on my mind. And I want the next adventure. I want to see this alternative Scotland and know more about it. So while it may not “score” well in ratings, it is entirely worth the read. Be sure to have the next one ready. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Sep 23, 2022 |
2.66 You know I’m a sucker for books with “book,” “bookshop,” or “library” in the title . . . even though I know better! Read my review here. ( )
  joyblue | Jul 1, 2022 |
This book was really interesting. I don't really know what I read at all. I liked the premise but I don't know if I fully vibed with the story as a whole. Not my favorite writing style but I did enjoy it for the most part. I did plow right through this. I did enjoy this book but I don't know if I would read more... but I wouldn't fully knock it. ( )
  mythical_library | Jun 14, 2022 |
The Library of the Dead is a book that I went into knowing very little about it. I was drawn by the cover and the title as who can refuse to read something about a library? I definitely enjoyed the mystery aspects of the book and thought the setting and the atmosphere were quite interesting, a unique blend of culture and history that was intriguing. I was taken by surprise though by the marketing, as this book is not marketed as young adult and I even found it in the adult fantasy section in my local bookstore which I thought to be deceiving. I know this seems like a small thing, and while there was no such distinction when I was growing up, it does exist today.

I really enjoyed the mix of mystery and paranormal elements in this story. It wasn't just a ghost story nor was it just a story about missing children, so I got my fill of ghosts and how it affected the main character, Ropa. It took me a few chapters to figure out the setting, even though I knew it was in Edinburgh, but definitely not the Edinburgh we know today. It was eerie, creepy, and destroyed, Something happened, something cataclysmic, and the people in this book are the survivors. I like that the author doesn't give huge descriptions of the world, but builds it up naturally and I figured things out as I went along. I hate being led by the nose, so to speak, so this type of writing appeals to me.

Once I realized the main character was a 15-year-old girl, I was good. Ropa was quite interesting as a characters and the love and care the showered on her grandmother and younger sister were endearing. She was also tough and courageous because she had to be as she was responsible for the well-being of the family and their survival. Having dropped out of school, she worked as a ghosttalker which sometimes got her into trouble. I loved her interactions with the ghosts and how firm she had to be when it came to their demands. Such fun!!

I was somewhat disappointed that the library played such a minor role in this book. I wanted more and I didn't get it. And while the author did a fantastic job creating a haunting atmosphere, I did feel like the story was incomplete when it came to what was happening in Edinburgh. While I don't necessarily want pages of description, sometimes the lack of detail became a problem. And the atmosphere was so fascinating, I would have loved to indulge in the atmosphere just a bit more. The plot was fast-paced, which isn't a problem, but it did sometimes sacrifice details that I think were important to the story and the author just assumed the reader would understand; I sometimes went back a couple of paragraphs because I thought I missed something only to realize I hadn't, it just wasn't explained.

Verdict
The Library of the Dead was a solid read, and I did enjoy it quite a bit. The characters were interesting, although it was sometimes difficult to connect with them due to the fast-paced nature of the book. I wish the library had played a greater role in the story, but I did enjoy the mix of mystery and paranormal elements as they were nicely balanced. There was enough in this book that I will definitely be continuing with the series, but I am hoping for a bit more world building as well as character development. ( )
  StephanieBN | Apr 2, 2022 |
Ropa has left school to help her family survive. She talks to ghosts and by passing on their information she earns enough to pay the price for living where she does with her grandmother and sister. She hears whispers about children who are turning up wizened and it's all a bit strange. Her path to discover the truth brings her to a lot of the occult underground of Edinburgh and it's a wild ride. I've seen people look for a map but Edinburgh as it stands is a wild twist and turn of bridges and roads that won't lead to each other.
I liked the story and would read more about Ropa is an interesting character. What happens next could be very interesting. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Mar 27, 2022 |
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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. 'A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written' - Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London 'I highly recommend The Library of the Dead' - Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series When ghosts talk, she will listen . . . Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker - 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 . . .) as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets. And in the process, she discovers an occult library and some unexpected allies. Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted? '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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