In Veritas

NeWest Pr. (Nunatak First Fiction, Bk. 53). May 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781988732831. pap. $19.95. FANTASY
In a city bustling with noise, lights, and casual lies, Verity can only see and speak truth. Truth that labels her as crazy: pigeons that are dragons, cats with more than four legs, shadows that are dogs and also snakes. After years of feeling alone in a world that assaults her senses, Verity meets others like herself, who teach her to open doors into the between, a magical space between walls, offering shelter to those magic few suffering in the glare of the mundane, modern world. As the strangeness within the city increases, Verity finds herself the nexus of a generational magical occurrence. She must decide if she dares risk destroying the mundane world for a chance to save people like herself—people dying from the disease of modernity.
VERDICT Lavigne’s debut urban fantasy novel, part of the “Nunatak First Fiction” series, is full of wonder, darkness, and hope. Part biography, part conversation with an unnamed biographer, the style is engaging and keeps the pages turning. Reminiscent of the best of Charles de Lint, this is a book readers will not want to put down.

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