Book Review: The Rookery by Deborah Hewitt

The Rookery, city of secrets, lies and magic, is facing destruction. But does Alice have the power to save her new home? And will she give her life to save its secrets?

When Alice discovered this alternate London, her life changed forever. She discovered she was seeing Nightjars – miraculous birds that guard our souls. But her newfound magic has a dark side. So in an effort to protect her friends, Alice is training to wield her rare abilities under House Mielikki – the House of Life. Yet something isn’t right. And after a series of attacks leaves her reeling, it’s clear someone wants her to fail.

Alice must plunge into a world of seductive magic and unimaginable perils to uncover the conspiracy. And when she discovers why the Rookery itself is at risk, she realizes the price she must pay to save it.

What I Thought:

I waited far too long to read The Rookery, Deborah Hewitt’s superb sequel to The Nightjar. It was partly because of that inevitable worry, when you’ve loved a book, that the sequel won’t match it, but no worries with this smasher – The Rookery is a fitting companion to the first book, and finale to the duology.

All of the world building that took place in The Nightjar pays off here as, although there is a reminder, I felt that I was able to connect more quickly with Alice here as I had read the first book. The mythology at play in The Rookery was more familiar to me and I had no need to ‘catch up’.

A lot has changed for Alice since the end of The Nightjar, not all of it for the better, and as the book went along her growth was great, as she drew herself out of the shadows of the events in The Nightjar. We all understand the need to sometimes isolate ourselves, and Alice does this until she realises that bad things are happening in The Rookery, and both versions of London could be at stake. She needs her friends from Coram House to help her find out what’s going on and stop it.

I won’t spoiler you, but will just summarise by saying that The Nightjar and The Rookery are fantastic books – the action takes places in a meticulously planned and described world, with a distinct mythology that directly affects the story. They are genuinely gripping and difficult to put down, plus, even though the duology is technically finished, there is plenty of scope for Deborah Hewitt (and fanfic writers) to revisit the world.

Simply excellent…

The Rookery is published by Pan Macmillan.

About the Author:

Deborah lives in the UK, somewhere south of Glasgow and north of London. She’s the proud owner of two brilliant boys and one very elderly dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found watching her boys play football in a muddy field, drinking tea or teaching in her classroom. Occasionally she cooks. Her family wishes she wouldn’t. The Nightjar is her first book.

Please note: Although I received a copy of this book via Netgalley for review, I did also buy a copy. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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