Hello and welcome to my stop on Blog tour for Bacchanal


Publisher : 47North (June 1, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 1542027810
ISBN-13 : 978-1542027816

Praise for BACCHANAL
“Henry skillfully layers historical realism with fantastic elements to explore the way times of desperation test the ethics of oppressed communities. Henry is a writer to watch.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Henry’s debut draws on a rich history of folklore from various African traditions, as well as African history and Black American history, and almost the entire main cast is Black. The carnival setting works perfectly for bringing together various strange and magical people who aren’t at home anywhere else…Come one, come all, this magical carnival has all the delightful dangers a reader could wish for.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“[Bacchanal is] gorgeous while somehow never losing sight of the need to unsettle. It captures a sense of wonder and reminds you that too much curiosity can lead to danger. And most importantly, it’s Black and never lets you forget it. If you want endearing characters, a charming setting, and characters that refuse to bend to the world’s injustices then Bacchanal is the book for you.” ―FIYAH Magazine

“With a powerful voice that grips you from its very first pages, Bacchanal casts a spell on readers…Eliza is a wonderful character…Not a traditional superhero, Eliza’s special power is a highlight of this work, and readers will root for the young conjurer and for Henry as she explores the limits of her gifts.” ―Sheree Renée Thomas, Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, award-winning author of Nine Bar Blues, and featured in Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda

“Writer Veronica Henry pulls on a mix of African folklore, Black histories, and carnival culture to weave a story of mesmerizing, bizarre, and dangerous magic. With a heroine of unique powers and a cast as colorful as any sideshow, this story offers up its share of delights, adventure, and frights! Welcome to Bacchanal. Enjoy the sights. Hope you make it out alive!” ―P. Djèlí Clark, author of Ring Shout, The Haunting of Tram Car 015, and The Black God’s Drums

“Readers won’t want their travels with the seductive and dangerous Bacchanal Carnival to end. Veronica Henry’s debut impeccably conjures the 1930s and marks the bold entrance of a vital new voice in modern fantasy.” ―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“If you took The Night Circus and viewed it through the gaze of a young Black woman in the Great Depression, you might get Veronica Henry’s Bacchanal. Demons, lies, and secrets.” ―Mary Robinette Kowal, Hugo award-winning author of The Calculating Stars

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Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it. Her time has come.

Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have. It’s a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she’s a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she’s a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza’s ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge.

Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls. And she’s met her match in Eliza, who’s only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers.

Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world. Rolling across a consuming dust bowl landscape, Eliza may have found her destiny.


Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader. and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Hi lovely bookbees !

Come one, come all in this hauntingly, delicious historical fantasy!

Bacchanal by Veronica Henry is an excellent historical fantasy. Set in the 1930s this eerie tale starts off in Baton Rouge { Red Stick}

Eliza is gifted and cursed some would say. Abandoned by her family and in despair of finding her little sister Twiggy. Only left with a photograph and an amulet, she makes her own way in the world.

In series of events, Eliza finds herself traveling with the cast of misfits that make up the close nit family of G.B. Bacchanal Carnival. These performers, tricksters, and oddities have their own story to tell. Eliza has set her course on finding her little sister, by making her way with the carnival as it travels through several southern states. The carnival owner has its own diabolical agenda, and Eliza will come realize that she will need all her resources in this darkish twisted tale.

Oh I was completely immersed in book, it’s written in a way that pulls the reader into its stunning atmospheric imagery. The dialogue is exceptional and something you should take note of. I am from South Louisiana and let me tell it’s spot on. I grew up listening to it my whole life. I am just guessing but I would guess that some of the dialects is of Louisiana or southern African American vernacular. Either way it was beautiful to my ears, and has made me so homesick.

This a book to be savored, it’s pace is not supposed to fast, it’s meticulous sure and steady. The storyline unfolds just like it should. The cast of characters are wonderful and the culture of the people and the era is brought to life that is astounding. The author brings to life the traveling carnival, along with its unique characters and blends engaging folklore.

Veronica Henry created an engaging and uniquely memorable heroine, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this dark tale that features magical realism. What immediately grabbed my attention in this story was the complexity of the characters. All characters were raw, honest, and flawed, and I loved reading their own voices as the book progresses. 

A stunning debut book, by one author to look out for. I am excited to read more from Veronica Henry. If you enjoy historical with a blend of wonderful darkish magical realism, than is a book for you!


Photo Content from Veronica G. Henry

Veronica G. Henry was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a bit of a rolling stone ever since. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise Workshop and a member of SFWA.

Veronica is proud to be of Sierra Leonean ancestry and counts her trip home as the most important of her life. She now writes from North Carolina, where she eschews rollerballs for fountain pens and fine paper. Other untreated addictions include chocolate and cupcakes.

Veronica’s debut novel, Bacchanal, will be published in the Spring of 2021.


Tour Schedule 

JUNE 3rd THURSDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW
JUNE 7th MONDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
JUNE 9th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
JUNE10th THURSDAY The Bookwyrm’s Den REVIEW
JUNE10th THURSDAY Pages Below the Vaulted Sky REVIEW


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