Library Journal Review
DEBUT When Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, it left destruction and havoc in its wake. For street magician Jude Dubuisson, the six years after the catastrophe has meant a life in the shadows. Jude has inherited a magical power from an unknown father, a gift for finding lost things. He is called from his self-imposed retirement to settle a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. When that same god is murdered, Jude must return to the world of magic and monsters he'd tried to escape. However, his investigation into the murder also uncovers a plot to steal the soul of New Orleans, and Jude must truly become his father's son and save his city. A masterly game played by gods and monsters, a devastated city trying to rebuild, and compelling characters struggling to find their place in a strange world are all pieces of this fantastic and enthralling puzzle of a story. VERDICT Camp's thoroughly engaging debut is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, with the added spirit of the vibrant Big Easy.-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Debut author Camp transforms his native New Orleans into a realm of magic and gods that's still deeply wounded from Hurricane Katrina. Street magician and demigod Jude Dubuisson used to magically locate lost objects and people, but he quit after Katrina overwhelmed the city with loss. The slaying of the god of fortune forces Jude into a maelstrom as he learns that he is inextricably bound with the murder, other murders that follow, and the lives of everyone in New Orleans. Camp's fantasy reads like jazz, with multiple chaotic-seeming threads of deities, mortals, and destiny playing in harmony. This game of souls and fate is full of snarky dialogue, taut suspense, and characters whose glitter hides sharp fangs. Jude is an engaging, once-cheerful trickster turned hermit and reluctant hero; if his destiny is bleak, he decides he might as well go all-out to save whomever he can and the city he refuses to abandon. Any reader who likes fantasy with a dash of the bizarre will enjoy this trip to the Crescent City. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* Camp fashions a supernatural world barely hidden on the fringe of society in this debut novel. Six years after Hurricane Katrina, Jude Dubuisson is still struggling to control his magical ability to find lost things it went haywire when the hurricane hit. His power was inherited from his father, who was somehow more than human; unfortunately, that's all Jude knows about him. Having worked with the supernatural crowd before the hurricane, Jude is dragged back into that world by a debt owed to Dodge, the Fortune god of New Orleans, where he finds himself playing a poker game with rules and (tarot) cards he doesn't understand. The situation is aggravated by Dodge's murder, which Jude is forced to investigate to avoid becoming the primary suspect. He's fairly sure he didn't do it and hopes that his search will clue him in to the stakes of the ongoing poker game assuming the dark presence stalking him doesn't kill him first. There isn't a dull page as Jude determines who his real friends are. Anne Rice fans will enjoy this fresh view of supernatural life in New Orleans, while fans of Kim Harrison's urban fantasy will have a new author to watch.--Moritz, Frances Copyright 2018 Booklist