No Gods, No Monsters

Blackstone. (The Convergence Saga, Bk. 1). Sept. 2021. 330p. ISBN 9781982603724. $26.99. FANTASY
It’s been seven years since Laina last saw her brother Lincoln; now she’s staring at his dead body. He’s been shot and killed by Boston cops, and Laina expects it’ll be difficult to find out the truth about his death. A mysterious voice leads Laina to a video, and she’s stunned when it reveals the existence of werewolves. Monsters who hid in shadows come into the light, and Laina pieces together another mystery and discovers a secret society. A boy with incredible abilities is forced to choose between two factions that will exploit him; werewolves are silenced with threats; and an anonymous narrator is unmasked, in a story of magic, physics, secrets, and choices that pit friends and family against each other. One thing is certain: after the Fracture, no one will ever be the same. Juxtaposing supernatural scenes with themes of otherness and humanity, this novel leaves some questions to be answered in the next book of the series. It has a multiracial cast of characters with broad LGBTQ representation.
VERDICT Turnbull’s sophomore work (after The Lesson) puts him at the top of the field of fantasy literary fiction. It reveals social faults with insightful commentary and intriguing characters.
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