Thank you to Tor Books and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments (Edingburgh Nights 2) by T.L. Huchu
Release Date: April 5th 2022
Tags: Young Adult | Fantasy | Edinburgh | Paranormal | Ghosts | Possession | Occult
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Library of the Dead
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.
Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments is the sequel to The Library of the Dead and continues on in much of the same tune.
Ropa is taken on as an intern to the secretary Sir Ian Callander. Unfortunately it is not exactly as paid as was promised and so she is on the look out for a new paying job. Which comes in the form of a mystery. A young boy is comatose in the hospital and the healers cannot figure out what is wrong with him. Up to Ropa to figure out what he was up to in the days before his sickness.
As much as I enjoyed reading this in the moment I had similar problems with this book as I did with the first. A lot of the idea is interesting and the magical world buidling is great. But when it comes to building up the world to where we are now, like the great incident/catastrophe, we are not getting much. And by the end of a second book in a series I feel like we should be getting that now.
Again the title of the book would make one feel like there would be more room for the hospital Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments. But our characters only spend a little time there. Instead we get some explanations about The Library of the Dead that had seemed more fitting for the first book so that this book could perhaps give some focus on the hospital and the healers.
Despite those issues I had with this book, I did enjoy reading it for the moment. I enjoy the trio of Ropa, Jomo and Priya with the addition of the fox. They bring heart and humor to Ropa’s story. A bit of hope for the future I think.