Who is this book for: people who watched or read Lovecraft Country, historical fiction readers who needs a bit of weirdness
Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark writes this dark novella that twists history with fantastical, horrific elements. Maryse Boudreaux battles monsters every day – whether those monsters are ones we can see or ones we cannot. Living in the 1920s American South is hard enough for a Black woman, but Maryse also has the Sight, which allows her to see the growing population of Ku Klux Klan members for what they indeed are. Horrific monsters that are hell-bent on infecting others with their hatred and growing stronger with dark magic. Armed with a magical sword, she must battle the growing evil in her state and stop the Ku Kluxes before they summon a great evil at Stone Mountain. Clark is known for blending real life with fantasy, and Ring Shout does not disappoint. Maryse and her friends show the history of Black folk in 1920s Georgia but with the added twist of being monster-hunting bootleggers. This frightening story is perfect for fantasy and horror fans who want to devour a book in a day and enjoy every minute of it.