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Gather the fortunes, Bryan Camp

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Gather the fortunes
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Gather the fortunes
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Bryan Camp
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eng
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  • "Camp returns to his otherworldly New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes for a sequel that evokes the magic, mystery, and mythology of Neil Gaiman's American Gods with a female protagonist that calls to mind the power and personality of Chuck Wendig's Miriam Black (Blackbirds)"--
  • Renaissance Raines is now a psychopomp, one of the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld. 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? There are scarier things than death in the Crescent City... and Renaissance Raines is one of them. -- adapted from jacket
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  • /* Starred Review */ Renaissance ""Renai"" Raines has been dead for five years, and her daily afterlife is a bit dull. She listens to the special radio station that broadcasts the names of the people dying that day in New Orleans, and picks one. As a psychopomp, she works with her partner, Salvatore, who is alternately a raven and a dog, to collect the soul and escort it to the Gates of the Underworld. It's uneventful until the day she picks the name Ramses St. Cyr, both because a god—though she’s not sure which one—offered her a favor to look after the boy, and because the name sparked a memory from when she was alive. Then Ramses slips free of his destined death, and Renai finds herself embroiled in a plot between assorted supernatural beings, expanding her understanding of both the afterlife and her place in it. Though it can be read as a standalone, the second Crescent City book (after The City of Lost Fortunes, 2018) once again displays Camp's ability to weave different mythological beliefs together in fascinating ways. Readers will relate to Renai as she learns her most trusted guides are unreliable in this fast-paced urban fantasy. -- Frances Moritz (Reviewed 5/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 17, p73)
  • /* Starred Review */ The savory second book in Camp’s Crescent City series (following The City of Lost Fortunes) is that rare, welcome sequel that can be enjoyed just as easily as a standalone story. Renaissance “Renai” Raines has guided souls to the Underworld for the five years since her death and resurrection. When mysterious teenager Ramses St. Cyr escapes from destiny—and from Renai—she’s thrown into a tangled world of New Orleans gods, magic, and dangerous deals. Renai’s second outing is as raucous as her first, and the magic is just as double-edged and slippery. Camp crafts a journey through New Orleans’s spirit underworld that’s whimsical as well as grim and sometimes horrific. Renai is a real standout of a heroine, a powerful African-American woman cutting through bad or desperate situations in living and dead realms of increasing chaos, armed with snark, courage, and a storm of magic drawn from deep within her. This will be a feast for all lovers of urban and dark fantasy. Agent: Seth Fishman, Gernert Company. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/18/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 11, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Caught up in machinations of trickster gods, Renaissance Raines died in The City of Lost Fortunes, then was resurrected as a psychopomp, one of the guides who leads souls through the Seven Gates of the Underworld. Trying to stay under the radar of both the living and the immortal, Renai nonetheless lands smack in the middle of another mystery affecting the mortal world and Underworld alike. Teenager Ramses St. Cyr was slated to die, but he escaped his foreseen death—and not for the first time. It would take a higher power to make that happen, and Renai must discover who that is, whether god or man. For now, the Gates of the Underworld are locked, and the spirits are not leaving New Orleans. It takes all of Renai's skills, along with otherworldly assistance from men and gods alike, to uncover who's trying to unleash destruction, and save all the souls she has yet to guide. Camp's prose is suspenseful and rich with feeling, highlighting an incredible heroine. VERDICT Full of magic and numerous mythologies but still tied to the lush New Orleans setting, this Crescent City is one readers will not want to leave. [See Prepub Alert, 11/19/18.] --Kristi Chadwick (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 3, p64)
  • A brainy, awesomely resourceful heroine makes her way through a supernatural doppelgänger of New Orleans to track down a missing soul and, in the process, save both her world and ours from unimaginable catastrophe. Readers of Camp’s debut, The City of Lost Fortunes (2018), may remember a captivating, tough-talking young woman named Renaissance “Renai” Raines, who died in 2011 and reawakened a few weeks later in a “new reality...where myths walked the streets of New Orleans and magic was possible.” Renai’s role in this fascinating if macabre realm is as a “psychopomp,” whose task, roughly speaking, is to break apart the mortal coils of the dead and lead what remains of their souls into the Underworld. With guidance from a talking raven named Salvatore, Renai’s been gradually shaking away her awkwardness with this uneasy calling; that is, until one soul destined for passage belonging to an adolescent boy named Ramses St. Cyr vanishes from the site of a drive-by shooting along with the rest of what should have been his dead body. And so with Sal and another talking bird named Cordelia by her side (or, more precisely, on her shoulders), Renai mounts her ghost motorcycle to probe the corners of her shadow universe to find Ramses. Along the way she interrogates shape-shifters, tricksters, and a wily sorcerer named Jack Elderflower, who has somehow managed to cheat death without having a soul. The more she finds out, the more questions she has; most of them having to do with whatever consequences could ensue for both the living and the dead if Ramses continues to avoid his ultimate fate. In this second installment of his Crescent City urban fantasy series, Camp raises the stakes and broadens the scope of his alternate world; at times his impulse to further explain the nuances of this world make his new book a bit slower going than its predecessor. But the richness and inventiveness of Camp’s vision and the vivacity, warmth, and compassion of his leading woman keep you alert to whatever’s happening next. As with the real New Orleans, once you leave this creepier but just as colorful variant, you'll be eager to go back. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2019)
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A Crescent City novel
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2
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  • Magic
  • Psychic ability
  • Street entertainers
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary
  • FICTION / Fantasy / Urban Life
  • FICTION / Ghost
  • FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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Gather the fortunes, Bryan Camp
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  • "A John Joseph Adams book."
  • Sequel to: The city of lost fortunes
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24 cm.
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372 pages
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9781328876713
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2018043604
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Gather the fortunes, Bryan Camp
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  • "A John Joseph Adams book."
  • Sequel to: The city of lost fortunes
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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on1053169438
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24 cm.
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372 pages
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9781328876713
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2018043604
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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