The previous books I’ve read by Marina Lostetter were science fiction, so was intrigued by her fantasy novel. I had high hopes for The Helm of Midnight as the Noumenon series was so richly crafted and I enjoyed the universe so much.
So for those of you that don’t know, this novel was a retelling of the Arthurian legends, but through the lens of the 42nd reincarnation of Arthur.
The whole novella is centred around the relationship of Scholar Dieu and a tiger (who can turn into a human, it works okay) named Ho Thi Tao.
So what’s it about. At its heart is a Faustian bargain: Addie gives her soul to an old god in exchange for time and freedom. She’s in 18th century France and about to be shipped off to marry the town widower and it’s not what she wants for her life
This was a kickstartered anthology (which I contributed to), which takes the speculative tropes of a man rescuing a woman (and them falling for each other), but in this case they are both women.
The plot is basically cities are ‘born’, in that the accrue enough history, myths and legends that they pierce through different realities to become a living breathing thing, with a human avatar that becomes its champion.
A translation of a Mexican gothic Dracula retelling, focussing on the Captain of the Demeter.
Ring Shout takes place after World War 1, where in the southern United States, the Ku Klux Klan are on the rise. Except in this stories, instead of being just monstrous humans, they are monsters.
The novel has a pretty fun concept, basically the French Revolution but with magic. And that rights include the rights of commoners to wield their magic (parallel with voting rights see?) And we see the action from three points: Robespierre in France, Pitt and Wilberforce in London, and Toussaint (again through the eyes of Fina, who is a slave who escapes Jamaica).
The first thing I appreciated was that even though it takes place in The Terror of Revolutionary France, the details that build the universe are all very personal to the characters.