Tuesday 8 March 2022

Book Tour Review | Our Lady Of Mysterious Ailments by T. L. Huchu | prettylittlewriter

I am very excited to be participating in the blog tour for the 2nd instalment of the Edinburgh Nights series by T L Huchu & thank you to Black Crow PR & Tor Books for providing me with a copy and for allowing me to take part!

'Ropa Moyo’s ghostalking practice has tanked, desperate for money to pay bills and look after her family she reluctantly accepts a job to look into the history of a coma patient receiving treatment at the magical private hospital Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. The patient is a teenage schoolboy called Max Wu, and healers at the hospital are baffled by the illness which has confounded medicine and magic.

Ropa’s investigation leads her to the Edinburgh Ordinary School for Boys, one of only the four registered schools for magic in the whole of Scotland (the oldest and only one that remains closed to female students).
But the headmaster there is hiding something and as more students succumb Ropa learns that a long-dormant and malevolent entity has once again taken hold in this world.
She sets off to track the current host for this spirit and try to stop it before other lives are endangered.'

T L Huchu has brought the post-catastrophe Edinburgh to life again with this sequel to The Library of the Dead. Ropa Moyo is no longer charging for her Ghostalker services (her last adventure caused her a lot of problems) and is starting on the straight and narrow by getting a 'real job'. But when her best friend Priya asked her to help solve the mystery of the terribly ill teenage boy at her hospital, she gets taken down another dangerous road.

I absolutely love Ropa's character, she is feisty, brash and full of vigour, determined to make something of herself so she can provide for her family. Her street smart and language is brilliant, it really brings her character to life.
I also adore Priya, who doesn't let her disability stop her from being an absolutely badass, and I certainly wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her and that magic she wields!

The world that Huchu has creating is incredible; completely immersive, I could picture all of the places that Ropa went in detail, and I could really see this series making a brilliant a tv show!

I really enjoyed finding out more information around the magical history of Edinburgh, as well as learning more about her Gran (who might not be as innocent as we first thought). 

Whilst the action within this novel I found was not as scary or 'dangerous' for Ropa as the first instalment, the mystery surrounding the ghost and the topiary creatures that come to life, bring some brilliant fight scenes and an element of uncertainty. 

Overall, Huchu has given us another brilliantly clever and unique story which kept me completely immersed! 

4/5 stars 

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