The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights #1) (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the Edinburgh Nights series.
Now a USA TODAY bestseller!
"An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked." – Genevieve Cogman, bestselling author of The Invisible Library
Sixth Sense meets Stranger Things in T. L. Huchu's The Library of the Dead, a sharp contemporary fantasy following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.
WHEN GHOSTS TALK
SHE WILL LISTEN
Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and they sure do love to talk. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to those they left behind. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and strength. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will rock her world.
Ropa will dice with death as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. And although underground Edinburgh hides a wealth of dark secrets, she also discovers an occult library, a magical mentor and some unexpected allies.
Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?
"A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written." – Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of Rivers of London
Finalist for The African Speculative Fiction Society's 2022 NOMMO award!
About the Author
T. L. Huchu (he/him) has been published previously (as Tendai Huchu) in the adult market, but the Edinburgh Nights series is his genre fiction debut. His previous books (The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate and the Mathematician) have been translated into multiple languages and his short fiction has won awards. Tendai grew up in Zimbabwe but has lived in Edinburgh for most of his adult life.
Praise for The Library of the Dead:
"A fast-paced, future-set Edinburgh thriller. The Library of the Dead mixes magical mysteries with a streetwise style of writing . . . roll on the sequel." —The Times
"One of the strangest and most compelling fantasy worlds you’ll see all year . . . We can't wait for the next volume." — SFX
"Contemporary fantasy, at its best, is both escapist and urgent: this does both admirably." — The Scotsman
“Expertly blending elements of Zimbabwean and Scottish culture, Huchu’s occult thriller is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An absolute delight . . . kept me totally hooked.” - Genevieve Cogman
“Alluring, shadowy Edinburgh with its hints of sophisticated academic magic will draw you in, but it’s Ropa—a hard knocks ghostalker on her paranormal grind to pay the rent—who grabs hold. The moment you meet her, you’ll follow wherever she goes.” — Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas Six
“Fast-moving and entertaining.” - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series
“What a delight. Great pacing, wonderfully creepy villains, and so much fun!” - A. K. Larkwood, author of The Unspoken Name