We Are the Crisis

Blackstone (The Convergence Saga, Bk. 2). Nov. 2023. 350p. ISBN 9781982603755. $26.99. FANTASY
In Turnbull’s universe, monsters are real, and the world is still reeling and dealing with the revelation. While some pro-monster activist groups are beginning to show that life really has not changed, others come together to highlight the threat to the world if a monster could be one’s next-door neighbor. On top of all this, members of a werewolf pack have been disappearing, and as some search for answers, they will find even more threats to their existence. Those in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands face both natural and unnatural fears between political unrest about monsters’ rights and an approaching hurricane. Meanwhile, in the darkest shadows, two old orders focus their sights on each other once again, using ancient knowledge of gods and magic, along with those who feel they have no place after the emergence. Characters both old and new continue to drive the action and emotion in this time-sliding tale as the tension builds to another heart-stopping ending—and a wait for the next book.
VERDICT Turnbull continues to use his deft prose to tie themes of hate, social change, and backlash into an enthralling fantasy series in this sequel to the much-lauded No Gods, No Monsters.
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