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The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights Book 1) by [Tendai Huchu]
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Praise for The Library of the Dead:

"A fast-paced, future-set Edinburgh thriller. The Library of the Dead mixes magical mysteries with a streetwise style of writing . . . roll on the sequel." ―The Times

"One of the strangest and most compelling fantasy worlds you’ll see all year . . . We can't wait for the next volume." ― SFX

"Contemporary fantasy, at its best, is both escapist and urgent: this does both admirably." ― The Scotsman

“Expertly blending elements of Zimbabwean and Scottish culture, Huchu’s occult thriller is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked.” - Genevieve Cogman

“Alluring, shadowy Edinburgh with its hints of sophisticated academic magic will draw you in, but it’s Ropa―a hard knocks ghostalker on her paranormal grind to pay the rent―who grabs hold. The moment you meet her, you’ll follow wherever she goes.” ― Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six

“Fast-moving and entertaining.” - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series

“What a delight. Great pacing, wonderfully creepy villains, and so much fun!” - A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

T. L. Huchu (he/him) has been published previously (as Tendai Huchu) in the adult market, but the Edinburgh Nights series is his genre fiction debut. His previous books (The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate and the Mathematician) have been translated into multiple languages and his short fiction has won awards. Tendai grew up in Zimbabwe but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08HKX3CCJ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 1, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6259 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 333 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1529039460
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 516 ratings

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M Yon
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific debut
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2021
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V. O'Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to Edinburgh based urban fantasy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 8, 2021
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2021
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2021
I’m not usually one for any kind of book series, I much prefer a good standalone but this peaked my interest!

Spoiler alert!

Misleading title, the story has nothing to do with a library, yes, there is a library in the story but not much happens there! It’s more of a weird version of Hogwarts than anything else, there are no dead people there chilling with past loved ones and browsing the shelves for their next read.

Our main Character Ropa has left school and is earning a living by talking to the dead and delivering their messages to the living. She lives with her Grandmother and younger sister in a caravan park in what appears to be a far into the future dystopian Edinburgh. Although, to begin with, I actually thought we were in medieval times because of the way some things were being described.

As a character, Ropa isn’t instantly likeable, in fact she’s annoying and has a serious attitude problem, far too cocky for my liking.

It is at night when Ropa sets off around Edinburgh collecting messages from spirits, using her mbira instrument to conjure her Zimbabwean magic to help her to hear the messages clearly, this magic is also a form of protection as she can easily send the spirit away by stopping the music she is playing. She requires a commission for passing messages on to those still on the earthly plane – usually this is paid by the living friend or relative.

One night Ropa speaks with a spirit called Nicola, she is a mother who has recently gone to the realm known as the everyThere (a sort of god’s waiting room type place between the living realm and the spirit realm), but cannot move on as her son Oliver has disappeared. Ropa, has no interest in this, absolutely no compassion and refuses to help the poor upset spirit (Basically because the spirit hasn’t the means to pay for her services)

Luckily Ropa’s grandmother offers some words of wisdom when she finds out, prompting Ropa to think again about the spirits request.

This was a very slow burner to begin with and it wasn’t until I reached chapter 18 that things began getting interesting, Ropa was starting to become likeable and I was keen to find out where things would go from here.

However, things went downhill very quickly, I soon realized that the author has possibly been watching and reading too much Harry Potter and then this happened;

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“people see all sorts of things through that window” He puts his cup down. “Money, Gold, Sex, Sweeties. Doesn’t matter, they keep coming all the same”.

“What?”

“It’s not a window, it’s a mirror of your innermost desire”.

Seriously! I actually dropped the book at this point.

As the story went on I felt that pages were just being filled with words to make the story longer, random nonsense was thrown in and ideas that just didn’t fit, not to mention what felt like a shift in genre near the end!

When the mysterious midnight milkman turned up, I again thought that perhaps things would improve and something exciting would happen – I was wrong – the midnight milkman appears to be a more modern slender man type character who steals children.

By this point I was ready to give up but I did persevere and finish the book. Honestly, I can’t see myself picking up the next instalment in this series, there are just way too many issues with the story. The really sad thing is that I do believe this book could have been great, I can see the author’s vision but I just feel it wasn’t executed very well.

A very generous 2.5 stars.
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Greatgreenbird
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite sure what it wants to be...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very different Edinburgh!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2021
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