I received this book for free from Netgalley Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
Series: Edinburgh Nights #1
Published by Tor Books on June 1, 2021
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Netgalley Audio
Narrator: Tinashe Warikandwa
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Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.
When a child goes missing in Edinburgh's darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She'll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?
When ghosts talk, she will listen...
Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she 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 honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.
She'll dice with death (not part of her life plan...), discovering an occult library and a taste for hidden magic. She'll also experience dark times. For Edinburgh hides a wealth of secrets, and Ropa's gonna hunt them all down.
Here is what I thought
I really need to remember to review these books after I read them so I don’t forget things!
Ropa has the ability to see the dead and is called a ghosttalker. She quit school to work as a ghosttalker because she needed the money since it’s just her, her sister and grandmother. When a ghost sees Ropa and wants to deliver a message to a loved one, mostly their unfinished business, the loved one of the ghost must accept the charges or Ropa won’t deliver the message. She doesn’t work for free, but when one ghost tells her about missing children and how she needs her to find her brother, she isn’t interested at first.
Ropa has a friend who works at a secret library and he sneaks her into it and they are caught and she ends up in a lot of trouble and then finds out more about her having a bit of magic and about this strange library and the things that go on here. Meanwhile she also hears more whispering about about missing children and decides she must investigate what is going on. When she finds out about the state that some kids are in that had contact with something strange and how they look so old, she know something sinister is going on.
I thought this was okay, but the beginning of it was just totally boring for me. I know it has a lot of world building and getting us use to the world that Ropa lives in but it was just boring. Once it started to pick up when she gets involved in the library and hunting for the person or thing kidnapping children, dabbling in the magics and things like that it started to get better for me.
I liked Ropa, she was very daring and spunky and not afraid to investigate what was going on and could get herself out of some bad situations.
I think this book would appeal to some people more than me but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it if you think it sounds good.
This was my first time with this narrator and Tinashe Warikandwa was a great narrator.