The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu is set in Edinburgh, Scotland. As you can imagine, Edinburgh has plenty of secrets. There could possibly be an actual magical underground and a secret library. I bet it is all under Edinburgh Castle. The castle is built on an extinct volcano. You could hide a lot of things in dormant volcano.
Ropa Moyo is a teenager with a Zimbabwean magic heritage. She has recently dropped out of school in order to be a ghosttalker. She relays messages from those who have passed on to the other side. Someone has to support Gran and her little sister. At the beginning of the story, Ropa’s new business is a bit slow in taking off. Everyone wants to talk to their deceased loved ones but no one wants to pay. Ropa is pretty resourceful and sassy so things might work out.
While trying to deliver a message from the other side, Ropa stumbles across some unusual things. She learns that her friend Jomo has a job at a very exclusive library of the occult. Ropa visits the library as often as she can whether the librarians like it or not. She meets a new friend, Priya, who helps her with magic.
Secondly, there are several children that have gone missing. She links it to a new drug called yang-yang. The main supplier is a creepy Pied Piper type of character called the Milkman. Of course, he is working for someone else, who has a special use for the missing children. I can’t tell you but I was soooo surprised when the true villain was revealed.
I really enjoyed the writing of T.L. Huchu. Luckily, there is a second book in the series. Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. The second book should be out in March 2022.
If you like urban fantasy, weird libraries and even weirder villains, then you will love The Library of the Dead.
If you aren’t a fan of magic or libraries, then . . . I can’t imagine how bored you are right now.
- I received this ebook from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Obviously.