Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley

Seriously I freakin love this series! I COULD NOT PUT DOWN. So so good. Stiletto was everything I could hope for in a sequel! Maybe need to warn of gross things and some explicit language… All adding to the story of course! I LOVED the diversity in the characters and powers. Some were absolutely hilarious!

Daniel O’Malley has created a world that feels almost like an adult version of Harry Potter. Stiletto is a spy drama, supernatural fantasy, mystery and laugh out loud comedy rolled into one. So original with great female characters and its quick, clever dialogue will have you spitting your tea. I cannot recommend this book enough!!


In The Rook, we learn that Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas is, in fact, a Rook. She administers the Chequey group in Her Majesty’s secret service. It’s a black op government agency dedicated to fighting Britain’s supernatural enemies. And recruites those with special abilities. The big bad is the Grafters, a Belgian army of superhumans who are the Chequey’s worst enemies. In Stiletto the unthinkable has happened. The Chequey and the Grafters have formed a truce and are seeking to broker a peace agreement in London.

We have the contrasting points of view from Felicity (Chequey) and Odette (Grafter). As acts of supernatural terrorism break out through London they must work together to bring the culprits down. They both know if negotiations fail then the resulting war will be catastrophic.

We encountered the Grafters in The Rook, however from the Chequey point of view. We know that their fear of the Grafters starts at a young age; in training. The Grafters view the Chequey as weird and scary as they are born with superhuman abilities. Whereas the Grafters abilities are created through their scientific, medic and alchemic skills.

As Myfanwy doesn’t remember being raised by the Chequey it makes sense to bring in Felicity who was brought up on their prejudices. And Odette to give us a Grafter perspective. Nice to have a novel that focussed on genuine female friendship! Especially with such strong characters both of whom carry their own through the story. Interesting that O’Malley took the time and care to tell the story of the start of their hatred. Exactly where it stems from and why it has continued over hundreds of years.


In this spirited sequel, The Rook returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic—and slimy—supernatural war.
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.

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. And if you like Stiletto check out my review of the final in The Painted Man series – The Core by Peter V Brett!

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