Bryan Camp, new book is finally out in the world
Series: A Crescent City Novel (Book 2)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Praise for GATHER THE FORTUNES
“The magic and mythological heft of Bryan Camp’s debut doesn’t lose any momentum in Gather the Fortunes. He captures the essence and resilience of a still healing New Orleans by digging into the parts of a city too often ignored by the well-to-do and powerful. If The City of Lost Fortunes was a love letter to New Orleans then its next installment is an Earl King blue’s song.” —Brent Lambert, editor at FIYAH Magazine
Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps—the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld—and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end — someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves.
Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death? When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them.
“Fate decides where you go when you die. She makes damn sure you get there.”
Bryan Camp’s The City of Lost Fortunes is the second in the series of The Crescent City Novels. Once again Camp takes back to the enthralling magical city of New Orleans, NOLA.
Renaissance Raines (Renai), is strong compelling protagonist, she is currently dead, and now is a psychopomp. A guide who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld to the afterlife.
Renai is an amazing Independent charismatic woman. She finds her way among the shape-shifters, tricksters, and a wily sorcerer named Jack Elderflower, who has somehow managed to cheat death without having a soul. The more her adventure unfolds the more the thrilling intense the plot twist.
Camps well developed and vibrant characters, and interesting plots inspired by existing mythology and magic kept me engaged. This is a book that will draw you in and keep you turning the page for more. A thrilling inventive ride, with Old Gods and Demi Gods. Dark signature magical realism that is all unique to Bryan Camp’s writing. Well paced action-packed intense adventure, with creative fantasy world building. Camp delivers once again a complex multi layered storyline within the boundaries of The Crescent City and the Underworld.
What I really enjoyed is the edgy riveting urban fantasy that Camp
has created, I was immediately drawn into and devoured quickly.
From start to finish the story was so darn entertaining and absolutely un-put-down-able! The plot exceptionally fueled with twists and turns that leave you questioning who you should trust in the dark urban magical place called New Orleans ..
This is a sequel that can be enjoyed just as easily as a standalone story. I would definitely recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and urban magical realism.
JBN and HMH
This book was received as an ARC from in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own
Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He can be found on twitter @bryancamp and at bryancamp.com. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.
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ENDS: JUNE 15, 2019