Stiletto: A Novel by Daniel O'MalleyStiletto: A Novel by Daniel O'Malley

Stiletto: A Novel

byDaniel O'Malley

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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In this spirited sequel to the acclaimed The Rook, Myfanwy Thomas returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic -- and slimy -- supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers---and the bureaucratic finesse---to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy---the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...

The Grafters---a centuries-old supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely hate each other, can seek out the culprits before they trigger a devastating otherworldly war.

Stiletto is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks, from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof " (Booklist).
Daniel O'Malley graduated from Michigan State University and earned a Master's Degree in medieval history from Ohio State University. He then returned to his childhood home, Australia, where he works for the Transport Safety Bureau, writing press releases for government investigations of plane crashes and runaway boats.
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Title:Stiletto: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.88 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316228044

ISBN - 13:9780316228046

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A readable sequel I was really looking forward to this follow up to the highly entertaining The Rook. Unfortunately Stiletto is not nearly as good as its predecessor. Not a great plot, silly new characters. Despite its faults, still an easy, fun, readable novel.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait!! Loved it! After reading The Rook, years ago, I was so disappointed to find that there was no sequel, so when I saw Stiletto on the shelves of my local bookstore I was beyond excited. It did not disappoint. In fact, I think it might be my favourite read of the entire year. It was funny and well written and creative and I just could not put it down. I blame Daniel O'Malley for the fact that I'm stumbling around through lack of sleep! LOL! I loved The Rook, and yet I think I enjoyed Stiletto even more! I hope we don't have to wait quite as long for the next installment of the Checquy Files!!!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wildly Entertaining Read! I have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to The Rook for years, and Stiletto does not disappoint. The surreal universe is wildly entertaining. The writing is filled with unexpected humor. The story is gripping and suspenseful. The plot is complex without being confusing. The story is simultaneously thoughtful and action-packed.The characters have depth and create a real sense of connection... It basically hits all the right marks. Unlike some other readers, I found that there was enough Myfanwy (main character from previous book) in Stiletto. She was not a prominent character, but she was essential to the plot, was constantly referred to or alluded to, and made a few very impactful appearances. She's also evolved a lot as a character since the last book. Word of advice: this is a sequel, not a standalone novel, so The Rook should really be read first.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sequel of All Sequels!! *Review is spoiler-free but may contain spoilers from the previous book. Stiletto is a story people have to experience for themselves to understand and appreciate the full scope. Needless to say, I loved it. Maybe not more than The Rook (I'll explain later) but it is an excellent sequel. So this book was big (I had to keep shifting positions to hold onto the book :P) but nobody writes like Daniel O'Malley. The story was one big ball of conspiracy stuffed with apprehension, nerves and humours. The more I read, the more confused I became which believe it or not was a good thing. My mind was frantically fretting over how all the events connected together. The humour came at such unexpected moments, I couldn't help but laugh. The plot was so exquisitely intricate. Each little story told within the book served a purpose. It was amazing when everything came to fruition. So be patient. The craziness is totally worth it. The Rook introduced us to the complex supernatural secret government agency known as the Checquy. With Stiletto, we get a closer and deeper look at the history and current state of their biggest enemy, the Grafters. The book picks up pretty much where we left off in The Rook. Negotiations are under way for the Grafters to become a part of the Checquy. However, this newfound relationship is fragile and strained for obvious reasons (centuries of fear and hate just doesn't go away that easily). As new forces try to sabotage and wreck hovac, we get to see the two parties uneasily work together. Overcoming the odds was no easy feat. At the center of the story is Felicity, a Pawn of the Checquy and Odette, a Grafter royalty. I very much enjoyed reading from their perspectives. Even in possession of supernatural abilities and skills they had their insecurities. The two of them are really just good girls working hard to do some good for the world. It was fascinating to watch their unlikely friendship develop. They made a good team ;) There was one big plot twist that had me gasping- the betrayal, the hatred and the implications were all too much. My stomach was churning at the realization. I was quite saddened by the truth which I simply didn't want to believe. Another twist I guessed as I read. I thought my theory was pretty wild but it turned out I was correct! It didn't take anything away from my enjoyment of the story. The suspense was ever present and I just couldn't wait to connect all the pieces and figure everything out. My one complaint is that there wasn't enough Myfanwy. She was everything in The Rook! I'm a tinsy bit disappointed we didn't get to see more of her in Stiletto. I also might have been rooting for some romance. With a certain vampire Bishop. But that didn't happen. I'm still holding out hope! Please?! So if you're a fan of The Rook, you should already be reading Stiletto or have it in your possession. If you're new, don't wait. Get yourself a copy immediately. Now excuse me while I go gush some more to my friends! Special thank you to Jess and Kim for introducing me to this brilliant series ;)
Date published: 2016-06-21

Editorial Reviews

"Thank goodness I didn't find out about O'Malley's first book, 2012's The Rook, until this year; there's no way I could have waited four years for the sequel."

-Alex Lent, Millis Public Library, Literary Hub