Box of Bones: Book Two

Rosarium. Oct. 2023. 170p. ISBN 9781732638891. pap. $19.95. HORROR
In Box of Bones: Book One from Jama-Everett (The Last Count of Monte Cristo) and Jennings (Parable of the Sower), graduate student Lindsay Ford hunts a mysterious box, said by her grandfather to hold terrifying supernatural creatures that wreak revenge for crimes against Black people. But anyone opening it must give their life to close it and stop the mayhem. Through blood-curdling stories out of New Orleans, Philadelphia, Haiti, and Vietnam, she’s heard about the box’s five spectral monsters sowing horror and death. Now, in the second installment, she visits Brazil’s Bahia region, reads about a ship filled with enslaved people who tried to gain their freedom, and locates a Texas settlement dubbed “Zeketown,” where she approaches her goal at last. But what is her goal? When her love Hatima is brutally savaged by white roughnecks, Lindsay makes up her mind. Besides Jennings, artists including Avy Jetter (APB: Artists Against Police Brutality) and David Brame (After the Rain) contribute brutal, emotional action in vivid colors for the cursed spirits, their summoners, and their evil prey.
VERDICT The beauty revealed in the conclusion changes the game, forcing characters and readers to rethink woman power. Jama-Everett’s evocative, open-ended finale suits the saga far better than a neat wrap-up. Highly recommended.
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