Rook by AC Andrijeski: Review

Rook is a little treasure I got my hands on by way of a book tour (my first one! *pulls party popper*). Welcome, one and all, to a fabulous tale you won’t yet have heard of.

The tour itself is hosted by the wonderful Xpresso Book Tours (INSIDER TIP: they’ve got a Rafflecopter giveaway going on right now! – You’re welcome!) and culminates in this review; I am *so* excited to share it with you guys!

Title: Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1)

Author: J.C. Andrijeski

Publication date: April 22nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Science Fiction


From USA TODAY bestselling author, a psychic warfare alternative history set in a gritty version of Earth. Contains strong romantic elements – a book in the Bridge & Sword World. Apocalyptic. Psychic Romance.

“You are the Bridge…”

Allie Taylor lives in a world populated by seers, a second race discovered on Earth at the beginning of the 20th Century. Psychic, hyper-sexual and enslaved by governments, corporations and wealthy humans, seers are an exotic fascination to Allie, but one she knows she’ll likely never encounter, given how rich you have to be to get near one.

Then a strange man shows up at her work –– then another –– and pretty soon Allie finds herself on the run from the law, labeled a terrorist and in the middle of a race war she didn’t even know existed. Yanked out of her life by the mysterious and uncommunicative Revik, Allie discovers her blood may not be as “human” as she always thought, and the world of seers might not be quite as distant as she always imagined.

When Revik tells her she’s the Bridge, a mystical being meant to usher in the evolution of humanity––or possibly its extinction––Allie must choose between the race that raised her and the one where she might truly belong.

So, I’ve never read anything by J.C. Andrijeski before so this was definitely a first for me. I’d been reading something completely different the day before so after I’d adjusted to the change in narrative style and pace I was really able to get stuck in. It was an action-packed, apocalyptic, sci-fi extravaganza with a unique and compelling plot and ample sprinklings of romance and grit. Broadly, the story is Allie’s (or Alyson’s) though it is shared by multiple perspectives and voices. Allie is something special and is your typical ‘girl-thrown-into-a-crazy-situation’, her characterisation is fairly standard and would work for the main character in any sci-fi or underdog novel. What really makes her interesting to read about is her relationships with others in the story, and her connection and affinity within the ‘seer’ world, or ‘The Barrier.’ I do feel as though there’s definitely scope for a sequel as there seems to be a lot more story left to tell but that’s not a bad thing; its so much better to finish a book wanting more!

At times the narrative *was* difficult to follow and if you’re not a fan of having to concentrate quite hard whilst reading I’d give it a miss; some things are told only once. HOWEVER, if you like figuring it out and books that play with the boundaries of truth and perception it is totally in line with that ideal. There’s a kind of ‘mindspace’ place that exists only for seers and the story switches between there and the real world, sometimes without warning.

I found it to have almost an espionage-esque vibe early on as we follow the main characters on a run-away, escape mission unlike any other.  They not only have to hide in the real world but also must avoid detection on another plane of existence all together! This element is integral to the premise and keeps the writing fresh. Once you get your head round the complicated world and the timeline shifts it’s a really addictive read.

Characterisation maybe could’ve been better but it was so full of plot and world information and action that frankly it might’ve been overwhelmed by anything else! I still found myself rooting for the heroine in her personal relationships and willing her to succeed in the challenge to save the world (for want of a less cheesy way to say that)! I can see why it’s getting some mixed reviews and others have called it a ‘marmite’ book but seriously, this is one you really have to make your own mind up on. Ultimately, it was an action-packed and original story set in a world of truly *epic* proportions. I, personally, really enjoyed it and am *so* glad I got involved with the tour.

✩✩✩ 3/5 Stars

If you liked ‘Rook’ try Stephenie Meyer’s The Host


  1. Giselle [Xpresso Reads] | 22nd Sep 17

    Thanks for hosting today, Cat! Great review!

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