The Book of Love

Random. Feb. 2024. 640p. ISBN 9780812996586. $31. FANTASY
In a small-town high school classroom in the middle of the night, the spirits of three dead students and one interloper have escaped death’s realm by methods as mysterious as the cause of their deaths. They are confronted by two equally mysterious beings and a puzzle. Two of them will live, two of them will die, but as they’re solving all the riddles, they may reunite with their families. The town has become ground zero for big magic, a place where good and evil, death and chaos, music, and especially love, wreak havoc as the teenagers attempt to unravel the mystery before it unravels them and all they love. Link (White Cat, Black Dog) rewards the patient reader with a surprisingly deep story seen through the myriad perspectives of a small town in the midst of chaos, where every person’s life has been skewed by the magic spiraling out around them.
VERDICT Lovers of magical coming-of-age stories will find the protagonists’ journeys compelling, while anyone who believes that love is the greatest magic of all will find the redemptive power of love (of all types) imbued in every single page.
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