(The Checquy Files #2)
by Daniel O’Malley (2016)

The Rook returns to clinch an alliance between deadly rivals and avert epic—and slimy—supernatural war.

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers—and the bureaucratic finesse—to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

At over 200,000 words this is a long book. Gone is the info-dump flashbacks. Instead the long excursions into history are part of the main narrative, Unfortunately this really drags the story down and after 20% I lost interest and abandoned the book.

What is needed is a good editor to half the novel’s length.