“Blood is the strongest ink. You can’t erase what’s written in blood, ever.”
Ropa is a scrappy little nobody with the ability to talk to ghosts. She spends her days taking messages from the recently deceased to their families for money she can use to pay her family’s rent. When one recently deceased mother asks her to help find her missing son with no payment on the horizon, Ropa’s sweet grandmother convinces her that she has to help. What none of them realize is that someone evil is praying on children throughout Edinburgh and Ropa’s about to find herself smack dab in the middle of it.
My one bug bear with this book is the title, it leads you to believe that The Library of the Dead will have a larger role in the story, but it’s mainly just a place where Ropa meets some like minded friends and discovers there may be more magic ahead. I would have loved a lot more details about the library itself, although I imagine that could come in subsequent books.
Ropa is a great heroine and the magic of this world is really fun to learn about. I loved the creepy setting of Edinburgh, a city I know so well, which serves as the perfect magical setting especially for the magic of the dead. This story reminded me a lot of the Dr Greta Helsing series by Vivian Shaw. I will definitely read the next book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What’s been your first spooky season read?