The Library of the Dead (Hardcover, 2021, Tor Books) 3 stars

Review of 'The Library of the Dead' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Ben Aaronovitch had set up a prize for a BAME writer's first novel and this was the winner. This was urban fantasy with a definite nod towards the work of Aaronovitch, it had many of the same sensibilities.
Edinburgh, at some unspecified point in the future. The world has gone to shit, we are ruled by a repressive monarchy and magic is real. One of those Aaronovitch sensibilities is the way that magic is just accepted with a shrug.
This was a nice 'coming of age' story with a strong protagonist finding her moral core and just deciding to do something about some bad stuff. I personally enjoyed how the author plays with my old stomping ground of Edinburgh while thumping through the plot.
I read this in 2 sittings so definite recommend and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.