Highbridge Audio. Dec. 2022. 6:26 hrs. ISBN 9781696610292. $19.99. FANTASY
Nina was once part of Philadelphia’s elite occultist Saturn Club, but she walked away three years earlier. Now, on the night of the club’s annual Saturnalia gala, Nina returns. This time, however, she is not coming as a member, but as a thief, since she has agreed to steal a package during the extravagant bacchanalian celebration. Set in a near-future Philadelphia, economically depressed and wracked by climate change, Feldman’s (The Angel of Losses) latest reveals the underside to the Saturn Club—full of old rules, older pecking orders, and occult terrors. As Nina is swept up into Saturnalia’s dizzying magic and opulence, she discovers a precarious world on the brink of disaster. Courtney Patterson provides a stunning narration of this engrossing and unsettling novel, channeling both the thrilling tension and the glittering wonders of its sumptuous yet depraved world. Themes of climate disaster, rampant disease, and economic collapse are unnervingly prescient.
VERDICT Fans of intricate worldbuilding, urban fantasy, and apocalyptic stories will be hooked. An excellent addition to any audio fantasy collection.
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