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Rook, the word on the title, has nothing to do with chess as one might think. It is likely refers to the bird, thus the feathers on the cover. The feathers are dipped in red paint, which completely explains the color and appearance of it.

The book is set in the future where technology is forbidden and the society has taken hundreds of steps backwards into the Medieval Times. It is a greatly interesting setting, though the world building unfolds the exact descriptions rather slowly and carefully. Sophia Bellamy is the Red Rook. Proclaimed as a saint and a man by the general public, she is neither.

She is a woman, and she is human. She is an easily likeable character to cheer on, and readers will definitely love her or envy her or both. Sassy, pompous, conceited, handsome, and highly arrogant, he is all that and more. He is one of those who hides behind multiple masks, and he is absolutely delicious to read. His multiple layers hides one of the most amazing characters in Rook. The plot unravels slowly, and we start from one of the Red Rook's missions.

Sophia frees thirteen prisoners rather brilliantly. That is when the politics and hidden agendas start messing everything up and throwing everyone into a huge pit of slimy worms. Boy, it is awesome to see everything unfold wildly and hilariously. Though there is a sense of urgency and suspense, the humor of the book isn't lost somewhere between the lines.

Everything closes up nicely, and more about the world of Rook is revealed. Overall, ROOK is a long, long read. It has about four hundred and fifty pages, and despite some minor setbacks, it is a whirling book with lots of actions. There are some great characters, and for once, the mother-in-law is an amazing businesswoman who is ten steps ahead of everyone, not the old hag who dislikes the daughter-in-law.

ROOK is recommended best for those who wish to stick their heads in a new world, enjoy some nice and light or heavy banter, and a bittersweet ending. Four out of Five Source: Rook by Sharon Cameron perfects the art of storytelling, complete with rich sensory descriptions and a keen use of the most necessary words.

As each chapter moves along, tension, conflict, and relentless pacing build and build until the reader is left nearly breathless and with a thousand paper cuts in attempts to turn the page quicker. With a masterful plot, the journeys throughout the story are long but always exciting and pack an array of complex characters. At the center of Rook, the protagonist, Sophia, stands right alongside the fiercest characters in literature. Through her, Cameron provides a heroine without a savior complex nor a reckless need for adrenaline.

Instead, Sophia expertly balances strength, a determination to do good in an area she calls home, intelligence, and an indestructible joy of feeling free and finding adventure. Serious issues surround even minor areas of the novel, revealing a story that never tries to tackle an enormous problem but offers opportunities for discussion should readers choose to engage.

The world building and voice of the story shine just as strongly as the characters and the themes. The fascinating idea of the future, with influences from The Scarlet Pimpernel, will have readers reflecting on history and the dynamics of humanity over long periods of time. With a top notch story of politics, the future, and freedom, Rook would be well placed on immediate purchase lists. Readers who have read previous Sharon Cameron works and readers new to the author will find strong characters, a sizzling romance, adventure, and above all, powerful writing.

The only hope for Sophia's family to maintain their ancestral home and escape debtors prison is for her to marry Rene Hasard and have him pay for the privilege.

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However, unknown to all but her inner circle, Sophia spends her nights creeping about prison halls releasing those who would face the Razor for nothing more than being on the opposite side of someone more powerful than they. As Sophie, she must allow others to determine her fate, but as the Red Rook, she is the master.

As she tries to meld her two lives, the cruel and determined LeBlanc is coming ever closer to discovering the identity of the Rook and everyone Sophie loves is coming closer to the Razor. A polar shift has caused the world's technology to fail and satellites to fall from the skies. Humanity found themselves unable to cope without the machines they had come to rely on and thousands died. Eventually, the people of Paris turned their backs on the evils of technology and engaged in hyper-vigilance, watching their neighbors for any sign that they were disobeying the new laws put in place by a government who punished whole families by putting them to the Razor, an even more terrifying weapon than the guillotine of the past.

This results in a strange and fascinating blend of modern architecture and remnants with a return to historic style of dress and the subordination of women. There are descriptions of how inventions like cars and elevators have been re-purposed without the use of machinery. These add an interesting layer to the story and result in some truly unique world building. Sophia is a strong, independent woman in a world that requires her to submit to the will of the men in her life. Despite this, she maintains a secret life and an attitude of self-reliance that makes her an engaging main character.

She is smart and witty when she is angry and even more so when she is fighting. Sophie is set up for a love triangle between her childhood best friend, Spear and her new fiance, Rene. However, refreshingly, this never truly materializes. Sophie has been blind to Spear's interests and, once she discovers them, remains uninterested and tells him so. Spear appears to represent the man who presents himself as a "nice guy" but has his own ideas for Sophie's life, ideas he has never consulted her about. He becomes incredibly controlling, always believing that he knows best and that he can manipulate the situation to his own benefit and that, eventually, Sophie will thank him for it.

As I got further into the novel he become more and more controlling and I was very happy to see that Sophie was not falling for his "I have your best interests at heart" act. The antagonist of Rook is truly mad and through his obsession with fate the novel makes an interesting point on fanaticism and blind faith. LeBlanc puts his trust in rituals of his own creation and asks the same question again and again until he receives the answer he was looking for.

He then uses this to justify horrific evils and to advance his own position. His unpredictability leaves the reader on the edge of their seat as we never really know what he is going to do or how much he really knows. The first half of the plot is, admittedly, a little slow. There is a large cast of characters to get to know and I found myself losing track of who was playing what role.

The second half, however, makes up for it. Just when you think you know who to trust, Cameron changes the entire game and leaves the reader guessing. She has a fantastically clever way of switching between characters, using short paragraphs and ending each with a word or phrase that is repeated in the next. The fascinating idea of the future, with influences from The Scarlet Pimpernel, will have readers reflecting on history and the dynamics of humanity over long periods of time.

With a top notch story of politics, the future, and freedom, Rook would be well placed on immediate purchase lists. Readers who have read previous Sharon Cameron works and readers new to the author will find strong characters, a sizzling romance, adventure, and above all, powerful writing. The only hope for Sophia's family to maintain their ancestral home and escape debtors prison is for her to marry Rene Hasard and have him pay for the privilege. However, unknown to all but her inner circle, Sophia spends her nights creeping about prison halls releasing those who would face the Razor for nothing more than being on the opposite side of someone more powerful than they.

As Sophie, she must allow others to determine her fate, but as the Red Rook, she is the master.

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As she tries to meld her two lives, the cruel and determined LeBlanc is coming ever closer to discovering the identity of the Rook and everyone Sophie loves is coming closer to the Razor. A polar shift has caused the world's technology to fail and satellites to fall from the skies. Humanity found themselves unable to cope without the machines they had come to rely on and thousands died.

Eventually, the people of Paris turned their backs on the evils of technology and engaged in hyper-vigilance, watching their neighbors for any sign that they were disobeying the new laws put in place by a government who punished whole families by putting them to the Razor, an even more terrifying weapon than the guillotine of the past. This results in a strange and fascinating blend of modern architecture and remnants with a return to historic style of dress and the subordination of women. There are descriptions of how inventions like cars and elevators have been re-purposed without the use of machinery.

These add an interesting layer to the story and result in some truly unique world building. Sophia is a strong, independent woman in a world that requires her to submit to the will of the men in her life. Despite this, she maintains a secret life and an attitude of self-reliance that makes her an engaging main character.

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She is smart and witty when she is angry and even more so when she is fighting. Sophie is set up for a love triangle between her childhood best friend, Spear and her new fiance, Rene. However, refreshingly, this never truly materializes. Sophie has been blind to Spear's interests and, once she discovers them, remains uninterested and tells him so. Spear appears to represent the man who presents himself as a "nice guy" but has his own ideas for Sophie's life, ideas he has never consulted her about.

He becomes incredibly controlling, always believing that he knows best and that he can manipulate the situation to his own benefit and that, eventually, Sophie will thank him for it. As I got further into the novel he become more and more controlling and I was very happy to see that Sophie was not falling for his "I have your best interests at heart" act. The antagonist of Rook is truly mad and through his obsession with fate the novel makes an interesting point on fanaticism and blind faith.

LeBlanc puts his trust in rituals of his own creation and asks the same question again and again until he receives the answer he was looking for. He then uses this to justify horrific evils and to advance his own position. His unpredictability leaves the reader on the edge of their seat as we never really know what he is going to do or how much he really knows. The first half of the plot is, admittedly, a little slow. There is a large cast of characters to get to know and I found myself losing track of who was playing what role.

The second half, however, makes up for it. Just when you think you know who to trust, Cameron changes the entire game and leaves the reader guessing. She has a fantastically clever way of switching between characters, using short paragraphs and ending each with a word or phrase that is repeated in the next. This adds a sense of urgency and suspense and allows the writing to flow beautifully. Rook explores a world that is no longer able to rely on technology.

It is a fascinating view into what society might devolve into when stripped of the things we have come to depend upon and features some wonderfully strong, independent and noteworthy characters who fight for justice and humanity. In this dystopian world, people are living in a technology free society.

Most of the satellites fell to earth generations ago and things like plastic are highly collectable. Repeating a history that has already occurred, England the Commonwealth and France specifically, Paris, the Sunken City are leaders in this new world, with all of the machinations that arrive with power. In the Sunken City, the lower class is routinely imprisoned, and the Razor is their enforcer.

Enter the Red Rook, a name taken from a bird, who is a master of disguise and enters the underground prison, rescuing many. With her marriage bounty, she hopes to keep Bellamy House in the family. Sophia's brother Tom and family friend Spear round out many of the main characters.

Although it got a little long in spots, I enjoyed the twists in Rook and the snippets of action that pay homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel. Star ratings in yellow are from our Staff Reviewers. Star ratings in green are reader reviews. Anyone can post a reader review, so post yours today!

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