A woman come to, soaking wet in a London park, surrounded by dead bodies wearing latex gloves. And she has no idea of who she is or what happened...
So starts The Rook which is one of the best urban fantasies I've read for a long time. The basic premise isn't that unusual, secret enclave of people endowed with special powers are entrusted with keeping the kingdom safe and there's a traitor in the midst but its the writing that sets it apart. This is a very good page turner, it moves on at a cracking pace,the characterisation is good and it's funny too. Not laugh out loud funny but quietly humourous. There are also thoroughly enjoyable references to other classic fantasy and non-fantasy; for example 'The Estate' where the empowered children are taught what to do is on Kirren Island and an accountant makes a note wondering why so much money is being spent on keeping a watch on a two door Victorian wardrobe in a spare room in a house in the country.