Rook: Allie's War Book One

Rated 4.21/5 based on 19 reviews
Allie Taylor wears a tattooed H on her arm, like all humans in San Francisco. In her version of a gritty, modern-day Earth, human explorers discover a second race called seers, creatures with magical powers who look a lot like humans. Now seers live mostly as slaves and a sexy, bossy, ex-Nazi seer tells Allie she got tagged wrong, and belongs with him. For fans of The Matrix and Sarah Conner. More

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Published by White Sun Press
Words: 151,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458006820
About JC Andrijeski

JC Andrijeski is a USA Today bestselling author who writes sexy and supernatural romantic suspense and mystery books, often with a metaphysical bent. JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full time in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Review by: Lisa Imparato on May 05, 2012 :
Rook by JC Andrijeski ended up being a very great book to read. At first I was lost and confused. It was hard to follow along at times because the author went into such descriptive stuff about things I had no clue what was going on. About half way through the book things started to make sense and got very very interesting! The story itself is very unique, which I loved.

This book is a book I would recommend someone to read. In the beginning it is confusing but once the story picks up to where things start making sense you will love it! It brings into into a different world then we are living where seers live among us like slaves, and as we learn they have always been with us.

Then comes Alyson, who never knew she was a seer herself. She is believed to be the "one" who has come to save the seers from the way they are living, bringing an end to the world as we know it.

Does she destroy the world and the prophecy foretells? Well you will have to read the book to find out what happens! You will not be disappointed! The only reason why I gave it 3 stars was because of the beginning and confusion at first
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lauren Cote on April 22, 2012 :
Rook, the first novel in the Allie’s War series, is quite the adventure to read. At first, the new world J.C. Andrijeski creates seems very unfamiliar, and it takes some getting used to, but once you get past that, you know that you’re in one of the most memorable, astonishing and original books currently out there. The world we are introduced to in this novel, is very much alike our own, but with the addition of a new race of creatures called seers, who were discovered in Asia in the early 1900s. Although the seers are far more powerful than humans, since they can communicate on a different thought-level called The Barrier, and some of them possess even more impressive qualities – like telekinesis or the ability to influence other people’s thoughts – they are treated like second-rate citizens. Some of them are sold as sex-slaves to expensive whorehouses, while others work for wealthy families who can afford their own seer, and thus gain even more power for themselves. The ones who are not bound by the rules of human society, are organised in the few remaining clans. But there is also a significant group of seers who are not pleased with the current world order, and who have gone rogue, calling themselves Rooks and operating in a pyramid-like structure on The Barrier.As you may have noticed from my short introduction, Rook is nothing like other science-fiction/alternative universe novels out there. The world J.C. Andrijeski creates is original, entertaining and quite complicated – it took me a while to actually grasp the entire concept of it. The complexity of this world might scare potential readers, but once everything clicks into place, the amount of world-building done in this novel and the originality of the concepts introduced are really amazing and impressive, and it should not scare you away from reading this novel. Allie is an interesting character, with a lot of depth and personality. In the beginning of this novel, she is still convinced of her own humanity, although there were some events during her childhood that occasionally made her question that. But when she is being stalked by Revik, a fellow seer, and he tells her of her own seer-heritage, everything seemingly clicks into place – but that doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t scare Allile tremendously. She is forced to leave her entire life behind, and to run away from Terrian, a seer who wants to make her become part of the Rook organisation. J.C. Andrijeski describes Allie’s growth as a character, from a person in the dark about her own history, heritage to a person trying to find out what this seer-thing actually means to The Bridge, the person capable of destroying the world. The evolution in her personality happens slowly and gradually, and is remarkably well written to say the least. I liked Allie’s personality. She is determined, strong, intelligent and willing to acknowledge her own failures and flaws, and to deal with them. I could easily relate to her and found that I really enjoyed reading her thoughts and opinions. The other main characters, Revik – the good guy, the love interest – and Terrian – the bad guy – are equally as interesting and entertaining, although they both have very distinct personalities. It’s obvious from the start that the two of them have some history together, and I thought their interactions with each other were some of the most interesting scenes in this novel. Terrian makes an excellent bad guy as he is practically the representation of all the things we deem evil in this world. The fact that he has multiple bodies he can operate, makes him a very interesting opponent as well. I also liked Revik’s personality, with his moods switching quickly between happy, relaxed and cheerful and angry, confused and sad. Whereas Allie is more of a balanced person, I thought Revik’s moody personality made an excellent addition to that. I also liked the two of them together, as an item, since it somehow seemed very fitting. At times I just wished I could reach in the book and smack them both(: stop being so stubborn the both of you! Phew there I got that off my chest(: But more even than the impressive world-building and the interesting, well-thought-through characters, I thorougly enjoyed the storyline. Starting off right in the middle of the action, only to bounce back to explain a couple of things and then right away get into the action again. The storyline is very original, as in the entire concept of the novel, and it’s filled with more backstabbing betrayal, twist and turns than I even thought possible.
By the end, Allie hardly knows who to trust anymore besides herself – if she can even trust herself, being The Bridge and destroying the world and all – and she even questions the loyalty of the people she loves most: Revik, her own brother and her closest friend. While the world around them seems to be crashing down, the characters are forced to find strength and courage within themselves to do the impossible. The contrast between Allie’s relatively safe, human environment we meet her in at first, and the dire circumstances she finds herself in by the end of Rook is enormous. The storyline never gets predictable, and always mantains the fast pace and level of intensity we see from the start, and even when it slows down for a minute to explain something about Allie’s world, or to create some romance between characters, it never loses that intensity. Another strong point of this novel was that Allie, although she is The Bridge and supposedly the destroyer of the world, doesn’t seem like an overpowered character at all. A lot of authors fall into the trap that they want their main character to be a part of a prophecy, or to have some amazing purpose in this life, and end up making them overpowered compared to the other characters, which makes them unbelievable, people can no longer relate to them and they become boring. Luckily for us readers, J.C. Andrijeski does not fall for that trap, which makes Rook an even more impressive book to read.If I had to say one bad thing about Rook, then it would be its complexity. That’s the only reason why I rated this book a 4 and not a 5, and also the reason why I think the other novels in the series might be even better than this one – less explaining to do, more action and adventures. Rook is an excellent science-fiction/fantasy novel with an amazing storyline, strong characters and the most impressive display of world-building I have seen in a while. If you’re tired of reading fantasy novels with the same old concept over and over again, then you will definately find Rook innovating, remarkable and highly entertaining. And even if you’re happy with the way most contemporary fantasy novels work nowadays, then I think you’ll still find Rook to be a very entertaining novel in the genre, and one of the most well-written ones. Don’t hesitate to read this book: it will definately NOT dissapoint you. I am off to read the rest of the series now.
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on April 21, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I liked this book, but it was somewhat frustrating to read. The plot was very interesting and original, but the delivery was a bit overwhelmingly jumpy. I found the story hard to follow in parts due to the switching first person narrator.

All in all, the characters were charming and the plot was very interesting and despite any complaints about delivery I was extremely engrossed in the story and definitely interested in checking out the next few books in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Imparato on April 21, 2012 :
Rook by JC Andrijeski ended up being a very great book to read. At first I was lost and confused. It was hard to follow along at times because the author went into such descriptive stuff about things I had no clue what was going on. About half way through the book things started to make sense and got very very interesting! The story itself is very unique, which I loved.

This book is a book I would recommend someone to read. In the beginning it is confusing but once the story picks up to where things start making sense you will love it! It brings into into a different world then we are living where seers live among us like slaves, and as we learn they have always been with us.

Then comes Alyson, who never knew she was a seer herself. She is believed to be the "one" who has come to save the seers from the way they are living, bringing an end to the world as we know it.

Does she destroy the world and the prophecy foretells? Well you will have to read the book to find out what happens! You will not be disappointed! The only reason why I gave it 3 stars was because of the beginning and confusion at first.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on April 14, 2012 :
An action-packed, thrill-soaked beginning catapults readers into the story, and quickly we learn that the setting is very unusual indeed. Yes, characters act as we normally would expect of human behavior-but this is not the ordinary, routine, Earth in which most of us live. This reader would have liked to have a little more background in world-building of the society before jumping right in, but I cannot fault author Andrijeski’s fast-paced, suspense-building, and tossing her protagonist smack into the arena and into adventures of all sorts, including a bizarre and almost “unreal” (in the context of her culture) past history. Adventure abounds in this novel, as does action; I found it almost impossible to catch my breath, the story line moved that quickly!

“Rook” is the beginning of a quintology, and I expect it would work as a stand-alone novel; yet I for one am glad to know that it is the beginning of a series. The author has constructed such a complex society and world history here that only by composing several novels in the series could it be fully fleshed-out, developed, and explored. I look forward to the further volumes of “Allie’s War.”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: SamanthaTowner on April 12, 2012 :
Rook by JC Andrijeski was a fascinating read that shouldn’t be passed up. In fact, after I finished this book I gave my husband sad puppy eyes until he bought the next three books in the series for me. The concept of good vs. evil, degrees of the same, along with moral quandaries are not new in novels. However, JC Andrijeski took these time-tested questions and turned them on their head in a new captivating and exciting way. The characters have amazing depth and flaws that make them easy to fall in love with. The plots and questions are never spoon fed to the reader, which I absolutely loved. While this may annoy some readers as some things are not fully explained in full as questions are brought up immediately; I urge people to keep reading as the book gets better and better. I truly am hooked on this series and believe that if you give this book a chance you will be as well; though I warn that you may end up buying the rest just to find out what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ky Tapp on April 04, 2012 :
It took me a while to get into this book and attached to the characters,longer than usual for a book I ended up enjoying so much.

I usually find myself in the urban fantasy shelves, but I'll definitely stray into urban sci-fi for any of the Allie's War books.

The characters, both our heroine and hero, are interesting, and while not particularly likable, their romance is one thing that will definitely keep you turning the page even when the main plot gets bogged down in details.

It's still a wonderfully original story, with a repellent but captivating take on a parallel society, decent character growth, and an addicting romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessa Callaver on Feb. 27, 2012 :
Redfield meets Tolle meets "The Matrix" and "Star Wars" - those were my initial thoughts and impressions of Book One of Rook: Allie's War. Perhaps in part because as I read I realized how visually stunning this book could be as a film.

Taking us years into the future, we first meet our heroine, one Alyson Taylor, staring down the barrel of policemen's guns, a shard of glass fashioned as a weapon in one hand. From there, both she and the reader are forced to abandon all concepts of reality as they descend into a deeply complex, deeply controlled, internally-at-war society where factions of hyper-conscious creatures called 'seers' look to use Allie to shape the face of humanity. With our protagonist, we're pulled between worlds, countries, languages, space and time, delving into layers upon layers of the Seer culture.

Though the reading trod rather heavily in the beginning, with some well-written yet onerous 'galactic prose,' once the story begins picking up speed, it never stops. Despite all comparisons, Rook made for in fact a unique story, with original twists and turns, and language that could, at times, be described as poetic and lyrical. This is a book for sci-fi fans of all dispositions and a journey for which I'm happy to have climbed on board. An intriguing and definitely recommended read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dobsew on Feb. 08, 2012 :
Rook is the introduction to a war between Seers and Humans. Seers are trying to empower humans and become the most powerful race in the modern world. Alyson Taylor who thought she was human soon discovers that she is anything but and when she is taught about the new world by her bodyguard and companion, Revik, she soon realises that she is more involved in the Seers' plans to destroy humanity that she thought possible. Seers see Allie as the bridge to lead them to win the war and none of them care what she will lose, not only her own humanity but the ones that she loves dearly.

This story is extremely complex and at times I found that the writing went too far into the descriptive and lost its way, this made me lose track of the story and at times found it confusing. This is why I can't give this more than three stars. Although the theme is compelling and has lots of potential, it isn't until the final third of the book that the story picks up momentum and is actually going somewhere. Due to so much emphasis on the Seers world I felt this retracted from getting to know the main characters and because of this, I couldn't feel compassion for them.

It is clear from how Rook ended that there is more to come and hopefully the following books concentrate on the telling the tale, have some adventure and let the reader get to really know the characters better.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sherry Gillen on Feb. 01, 2012 :
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was very well written. It was woven with details that kept you on the edge of your seat and fascinated with all it's details. I found it by accident, and am happy I did. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Zoe Saadia on Jan. 30, 2012 :
Two wonderful weeks spent in The Barrier.

I had wonderful time, spending the past two weeks in another world created by JC Andrijeski.

The story of Allie, who thought herself a regular human and whose destination pounced on her completely unexpected, hurled me into this colorful world of different rules of light and movement, a parallel world of beauty and danger.
Along with Allie, I got to discover this place that had nothing to do with anything she happened to experience and I happened to read before. Her discovery of herself, her struggle against it, her fight to survive and to keep her friends, and her newly discovered people from harm, are very powerful and gripping.
And while creating a wholly new world, JC Andrijeski had managed to populate it with plenty of very lively characters, who would not leave you indifferent. You care for those people as if you knew them for real. You worry about them, and at times they make you mad.

The love line of the story was amazing too, so subtle and beautifully presented!

I would recommend this book to anyone fond of a great, deep story. I would find it difficult to place this book into a certain genre category - science fiction, paranormal, plain historical, this book fits them all.

A highly recommended read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Moss on Oct. 28, 2011 :
This book has had me hooked. I haven't been able to think of much else. J. C. has really made a complete world that parallels the world we all know. The Barrier such an interesting place. Her characters are diverse and flawed. I really like what the seers can do. There are many twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Coral Russell on Aug. 25, 2011 : (no rating)
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Review by: Secret Fire Press on July 28, 2011 :
Rook: Allie's War, Book One introduces an epic fantasy world in which humanity is not alone--it shares the earth with a race of mysterious seers. An underground war that will change the face of the world and the fate of both races bursts to the surface and into the life of our heroine, Allie, who learns after a lifetime of believing herself to be human that she is a seer with a very special destiny.

With compelling characters in such a rich, fascinating re-imagining of our world, Rook: Allie's War, Book One offers a wild ride of a read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JJ Press on July 22, 2011 :
A sprawling epic fantasy, Rook introduces the reader to Allie, a young woman who learns that not only is she a member of the mysterious race of seers that populate the earth, she is special - a "bridge" that will somehow bring about war and the end of the world as we know it. Weaving an alternate history into the narritive, J. C. Andrijeski spins a tale that's hard to put down. I'm looking forward to the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Twisted Root Publishing on July 19, 2011 : (no rating)
Siddhartha meets The Matrix in this complicated Fantasy of a young woman who might presage the third destruction of the world. The author does a superb job of building a universe just slightly different than our own, where holy men and street people are actually representatives of a race of Seers who live amidst humans and are owned by them. The language and setting are beautifully rendered so that I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more J.C. Andrijeski.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Fiero Publishing on July 18, 2011 :
This is the first book of a cool new series that creates a fully-fleshed-out alternate Earth with mind-blowing myths, physical and spiritual laws so that the reader can invest and believe in the characters and events. The concepts of creatures living dual lives simultaneously in both the physical and non-physical (kind of) realms is complicated but there's so much fast action and emotional conflict that you get dragged through the tough bits, confident it will all make sense eventually. It's a big world, and while Book One has a satisfying conclusion, you just know there's a whole lot more to explore.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: M L Sawyer on May 27, 2011 :
Rook, Allie’s War: Book one by J C Andrijeski is an interesting tale. Set in an alternate reality future, this is a world that has grown up with two species – humans and seers. Seers have the ability to read minds among other things and their lives are strictly controlled by the government. Allie is a not so ordinary waitress – currently wearing a tracking bracelet for violence committed against her ex boyfriends new partner. She also has the uncanny ability to attract strange people, stalkers of all shapes and descriptions.

From working in the diner she is soon transported into a world of intrigue, action and violence. The Seer world is completely different to what the majority of the human population has been lead to believe and even more shocking… she is one of them.

I started reading this book and soon found that I could not put it down. The action is well written, the characters fairly unique in their personalities and the alternate world is portrayed in great detail. It has been some time since I have been dragged into a tale so fully that all I want to do is keep reading. A few downfalls for me though were the occasional long descriptions of the barrier and the alternate world of light. I found myself almost skipping through these at times to get back into the story. The very occasional word missing / grammatical issue made me pause in some points of the story but other than that it is a fantastic read.

J C Andrijeski can be found at and this book can be purchased from A highly recommended story well worth the purchase!

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Review by: L.A. (Escape From) Reviewer on Jan. 18, 2011 :
Rook takes place in an exciting and intriguing alternate history, where humanity shares the globe with another, recently discovered species: the Sarhacienne, or 'Sarks'. Sarks look human, but come with extra-ordinary abilities similar to astral travel, second sight, and mental domination.

Of course, these extra abilities made them useful to the vastly more numerous humans: after being used as living weapons in WWI, Sarks are a downtrodden race, forced to wear power-nullifying collars or otherwise existing in a state of near slavery.

In this dark future, 28-yer old Allie becomes tangled in a seething web of intrigue. Ripped from her quiet life in San Francisco by Revik, a deep-cover Sark agent, she is hunted as an outlaw by her fellow humans, sought after as the ultimate weapon by a one group of Sarks, and seen as the Christ-figure for another.

Which role she may play for human and Sark remains to be seen throughout the pulse-pounding, often touching adventure of Rook.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tamela Viglione on Jan. 12, 2011 :
Buckle your seat belt, hold on to the bar, and get set for an exciting ride - this one is intense! And addictive, too. I found myself completely drawn in on multiple levels, and sitting on the edge of my seat to find out the fates not just of the people in this vividly rendered alternate modern world, but the world itself. Is former barrista-girl Allie a destroyer or a savior? And when it comes to that, of who –- or what? JC Andrijeski tackles big concepts in an engaging manner in this story of a young woman who just wants to do the right thing (and not accidentally end the world) in the face of some extraordinary challenges: one of them being a truly terrifying adversary who would make Hannibal Lecter want to hide under the bed, and another being a compelling but potentially destructive romantic connection with a seer who may – or may not – be trying to help her.

Rook, the first installment of the Allie's War saga, has much to offer. Fans will undoubtedly look forward to more. ~Tamela Viglione
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Irene Watts on Jan. 12, 2011 :
Action-packed apocalyptic Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Rook moves through an alien and militaristic chess match
at an exciting clip without glossing the depth and pathos
of its players. Andrijeski has brought us a timely and epic
vision of the battle between good and evil. ~Irene Watts, Author
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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