The God of Endings

Flatiron. Mar. 2023. 480p. ISBN 9781250856760. $29.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Collette is the daughter of a gravestone carver in 1830s New York. All around her is death and mourning as disease tears families apart, and it’s coming to consume her. As Collette takes her final breath, her mysterious grandfather saves her by turning her immortal, but this may turn out to be more curse than blessing. The novel jumps between Collette’s past and her present in 1984, where she runs an elite preschool teaching the arts. Her loneliness, however, seems to be catching up with her, causing her to curse her immortality, as she has watched the god of endings take so many loved ones. Her hunger for blood has become ravenous, and smells of smoke and ash plague her. The god of endings seems to be coming once again; what will he take this time?
VERDICT Holland’s well-crafted debut features atmospheric prose and excellent character development. Great for fans of Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and V. E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
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