The Curator

Scribner. Mar. 2023. 480p. ISBN 9781982196806. $28.99. FANTASY
The elite have fled, the revolution has succeeded, and Dora now finds herself the new curator of the National Museum of the Worker. Next door are the ruins of the Society of Psykical Research, the mysterious place where her brother worked, and where she hoped to find out where he went after his death from cholera. But the Society is not what it appears to be, nor is the City in which she now lives. There are strange happenings going on: a Morgue Ship picking up lost souls; people disappearing at the neighboring embassy; and the congregating of cats. As Dora seeks out answers, she will unravel a monstrous secret and bring two worlds to the brink. A fantastical panorama of twists and turns where what is seen is not always true, and sleight of hand is more powerful than power itself. A Dickensian cast of characters and the tumultuous world in which they live are brought to life with wonderful language; it all feels familiar but also new.
VERDICT King’s (Double Feature) latest is a masterpiece of storytelling to be enjoyed by readers who love language and the fantastical.
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