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So, while I was reading The City of Lost fortunes, I ended up to doing out from Goodreads that it already had a sequel I immediately hopped onto the library app to check it out While the first book focused on Jude Dubisson, the overconfident demi god This book I was surprised to find out actually focused on one of the first books Secondary characters Still set in New Orleans we get to see a whole new side to this universe Bryan is weaving together Renaissance Renai Raines is trying to So, while I was reading The City of Lost fortunes, I ended up to doing out from Goodreads that it already had a sequel I immediately hopped onto the library app to check it out While the first book focused on Jude Dubisson, the overconfident demi god This book I was surprised to find out actually focused on one of the first books Secondary characters Still set in New Orleans we get to see a whole new side to this universe Bryan is weaving together Renaissance Renai Raines is trying to navigate her new position in the afterlife as a psychopomp She is a guide of souls from our world to the afterlife She is struggling to come to terms with what she is and what that means Renai is on a mission to find a soul who missed their death She uncovers a scene that is eventrouble than she initially thought While I was initially disappointed in the lack of Jude in this story I really ended up loving Renai She s confused and lost and still pulls strength up to do what s right Her characters story is really deep and during the halfway mark I had to re read a few pages to make sure I didn t skip something crucial This series is shaping up to be a bigger anddetailed universe than I could have imagined I m ready forBryan creates a really vivid story again weaving in pieces of lore and different cultures and religions really beautifully ,, Bryan Camp This is as far as I go, I only show you the Gate It s up to you to walk through You ve been on this path your whole life This is just the next step The thing that killed me had wings, she thought Storms could only do what was in their nature Gather the Fortunes is the second Crescent City novel, it s just been released and was featured in the review pages of one of my Publisher s Weekly magazines I m glad this one stuck out to me, it had a lot of really fascinating things to say about li This is as far as I go, I only show you the Gate It s up to you to walk through You ve been on this path your whole life This is just the next step The thing that killed me had wings, she thought Storms could only do what was in their nature Gather the Fortunes is the second Crescent City novel, it s just been released and was featured in the review pages of one of my Publisher s Weekly magazines I m glad this one stuck out to me, it had a lot of really fascinating things to say about life and death This book is chock full of neat quotes that I had to resist putting in this review Everything about this book is badass This is Miriam Black done right destiny could neither be created nor destroyed, and that made it precious And people say fate doesn t have a sense of humor.What people didn t understand about voodoo as a religion was that it was nothing like the movies Deep down, it was a faith based on respect for one s ancestors, for one s community, for this world and the next and one s place in it You asked the spirits for help, but you abided by their answerRenaissance Raines, Renai, is a psychopomp She was just a living girl working for the voodoo queen of New Orleans in the first novel After being sucked through eternity like a ragdoll, she is left with a duality and an inner storm to control, half of herself in the realm of the dead, and the other half guiding the dead through their afterlife I thought this was one of the coolest protagonists I ve read about, she s a kicking ass black chick from Louisiana with an enchanted black leather jacket that keeps her invisible She goes through hell, literally, and keeps her head up to unravel the mystery of Ramses St Cyr, a teenage subterfuge who skipped his death hour Before we came from the earth we came from water, and so it is always water that we must cross from this life into the next Same reason the scorpion stings the frog, she said It s my nature The only thing Death has never been is lonely #DOWNLOAD ó Gather the Fortunes ⚫ Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike But when a young boy named Ramses St Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity thick plot unfolding in New Orleans Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves Is it one of the storm gods that s descended on the city The death god who s locked the Gates of the Underworld Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death When she finds the schemer, there s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City Renaissance Raines is one of them Mad Blood (Drone Vampire Chronicles, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity thick plot unfolding in New Orleans Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves Is it one of the storm gods that s descended on the city The death god who s locked the Gates of the Underworld Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death When she finds the schemer Ponto Pé de Flor there s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay Boyfriend by Christmas because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City Renaissance Raines is one of them I found this book difficult to read because I discovered it was the second in a series after requesting it Although I appreciate the opportunity to read, it would makesense for Netgalley to advise potential requesters when a book is not the first of a series The writing was descriptive and premise interesting I will definitely add the first of the series to my TBR list in order to go back and give this author another shot. ARC received by Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for an honest reviewThe only thing death has never been is lonelyRenaissance Raines, newly resurrected, is now a psychopomp, a guide that leads the souls of the dead through the Seven Gates of the Underworld Until she shows up at the supposed death of a boy name Ramses St Cyr to find that he has managed to escape his moment of death As she starts to investigate where her soul has gone she ends up in the thick of a p ARC received by Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for an honest reviewThe only thing death has never been is lonelyRenaissance Raines, newly resurrected, is now a psychopomp, a guide that leads the souls of the dead through the Seven Gates of the Underworld Until she shows up at the supposed death of a boy name Ramses St Cyr to find that he has managed to escape his moment of death As she starts to investigate where her soul has gone she ends up in the thick of a plot created by the Gods When she discovers who is responsible for the escape of Ramses there will be hell to pay.Gather the Fortunes is the second installment in the Crescent City series by Bryan Camp In this book we return to the world of New Orleans and gods and tricksters The storyline is focused on the underworld, psychopomps, and loa which was only touched upon in the first installment The atmosphere in this book is still just as palpable as it was in the first book, very creepy and dark and it was really good to visit this world again Many of the characters that you meet in the first book, The City of Lost Fortunes, make an appearance in this one The main character being Renai, who ends up being somewhere between the living and the dead, helping souls travel through the underworld The plot is not as twisty in this second installment but in turn it is also much easier to follow Many of the chapters follow the same vein as the first book where they begin with different beliefs and mythologies throughout many different cultures each usually focusing on one theme that is relevant to the chapter Knowledge of the greek gods and mythology would make this bookenjoyable, I suspect, but it certainly isn t required I have very basic knowledge myself and still enjoy this series immenselyWhat s a life bringing rain god doing in the underworld Same thing a god does anywhere else, Sal said Whatever the F k he wantsthroughout this book Camp has touched on some extremely important subjects such as destruction, injustice, slavery, racism, and many other issues prominent today and in the past He laces these important issues seamlessly throughout the book and uses his MC Renai as a voice of justice I love her as a character She is angry at the world for all the ways people can hate each other and she uses that anger as a powerful gift to take down her enemies I think it s really well done Bryan Camp is a phenomenal writer with such intelligence I couldn t help getting lost in the language of the book If you read this series you will immediately understand my meaning His books are filled to the brim with diversity of character and culture I think there is something in these books to make almost anyone feel seen no matter where they hail from or what type of environment they grew up in I love how the foundation of this story is built with Hurricane Katrina at its core and it speaks of a community torn apart but who refuse to stay down and are determined to rebuild again and again In the Crescent City books New Orleans is a living, breathing character Her Voice, Magic, and Luck being bestowed on some of my favorite characters in the books Simply put, I doubt you ll ever read a book like this one If you enjoy learning about mythology, culture, gods, race, history, or the city of New Orleans specifically you will love this I also recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and magic in their books This one is chock full of it If you re looking for a book with a young black woman as a main character, look no further You d be hard pressed to find another like Renaissance Raines blog bookstagram twitter Review to follow. Holy shit, I am in love with Bryan Camp s imagination.Gather the Fortunes is set in an alternate world of gods and demigods and spirits and other supernatural beings, and the result is a beautiful, rich conglomerate of various mythologies Greek, Norse, Native American, Haitian, you name it, he has it each carefully constructed and all woven seamlessly into the narrative.It s not just the premise and the complexity of the story that reminds me of Gaiman s work it s the utter confidence with wh Holy shit, I am in love with Bryan Camp s imagination.Gather the Fortunes is set in an alternate world of gods and demigods and spirits and other supernatural beings, and the result is a beautiful, rich conglomerate of various mythologies Greek, Norse, Native American, Haitian, you name it, he has it each carefully constructed and all woven seamlessly into the narrative.It s not just the premise and the complexity of the story that reminds me of Gaiman s work it s the utter confidence with which he crafts it As if this isn t some fictional world he pulled from his imagination but a reality that actually exists in some alternate dimension Bryan Camp understands his world inside out and he has the talent to manipulate it in ways that are not only exciting but also thought provoking I love the way he interprets death and afterlife and posits the idea that there are always, always two sides to every coin.And what astounds me is how polished and detailed everything is Nothing is done half assed from the process of soul taking which involves unbraiding and distilling a part of the soul and then turning it into a piece of fruit, eating it, and escorting the remaining spirit through the Underworld Camp lends grim reapering a sense of craftsmanship, turns it into an art form It s fantastic to the various gates of the Underworld in the last gate, your life in the form of a coin gets weighed on a scale and that decides whether you re sent off to a good afterlife or tossed into oblivion.The prose is just as rich and hard hitting There are passages that have this internal rhythm, so that when you read them out loud, they play out like spoken poetry It s stylish as hell Of course not all of it is written that poetically that d be exhausting but Camp knows exactly when to turn it on and off, and that in itself is praiseworthy And the opening paragraphs that you find in some of the chapters are tiny art pieces in and of themselves brief narrations about topics like death and luck and premonitions as they apply to different mythologies.And the last two paragraphs Chills down my spine Gave me hard, hard vibes of the Dream vs Choronzon scene from Sandman I had to read them aloud multiple times, once to a friend.Here s a snippet Everywhere Death walks, Life follows Everything Death takes, Life gives to another She is Asase Yaa Onuava Demeter Coatlicue Phra Mae Thorani He is Kokopelli Makemake Geb Lono They plant the seeds in the earth and children in the womb They gave birth to the gods and to the first mortals and to the cosmos and to the sea They gave their lives to water the earth, to bring plentiful game to hunt, to keep the sun in the sky They are the sky They are the sun They are the buds of new growth in spring, and after a fire, and after a flood, and in the shadow of a failed nuclear reactor They are everywhere we swore they couldn t be, in the exothermic vents of the deep ocean, in the ones and zeroes of information, in the fossil records of Mars Death can end a life, or lives, or this life, or very life.But not Life.Our heroine is Renai, a young black woman who, five years previous, had been dead and subsequently resurrected with very few memories of when she was alive Now she works as a psychopomp, someone who guides the dead to the Underworld I really quite liked her She s a great mix of fierceness and vulnerability, with sass running through it all.I did have issues with the plot and characters The story goes through a lot of moving from point A to point B, doing one thing, and then moving to point C, and then doing something else and moving on again And while parts of it were interesting, othersweren t They often felt disconnected from each other and I wasn t sure what the point of some of them were.I was also disappointed that Ramses didn t play a bigger role in the story at least, not directly because the synopsis had me anticipating a sibling relationship forming between Renai and Ramses But sadly, no.Overall, though, this was a very impressive read and Camp s New Orleans is one you absolutely need to experience for yourself wandered, like the protagonist but a good ending, and I continue to be fascinated by how this author writes magic. Diving into this book, both of the Crescent City books this far, has been like shutting out the reality and stepping into a world mystery and otherworldliness and peace and danger Whilst book 1 focuses on Jude who was is a super character, by the way , Gather the Fortunes centres around Renaissance Raines, or Renai, who has become a psychopomp The guide of souls from this side of life to the other Raines story is one that is full of adventure and wonder and myth and gods but truly, th Diving into this book, both of the Crescent City books this far, has been like shutting out the reality and stepping into a world mystery and otherworldliness and peace and danger Whilst book 1 focuses on Jude who was is a super character, by the way , Gather the Fortunes centres around Renaissance Raines, or Renai, who has become a psychopomp The guide of souls from this side of life to the other Raines story is one that is full of adventure and wonder and myth and gods but truly, the blurb is all you need to dive into this book Yet again I am unable to make justice to the story through my own words you simply need to experience it yourself Again and again, immunity from the grave is not a gift to be granted but a sentence to be carried out Not a blessing, but a curse What starts out as a story about a psychopomp task gone wrong, turns into a much bigger agenda mixed up by the courtesy of deities Gods, whether they are inherently evil or not, they do eventually get bored and fuck up But Raines has a sidekick Sal a bird dog depending on what s required who has a filthy mouth in some version of the multiverse and a tight lipped on in the other This was actually one thing that really threw me once I got to Part 2 of the book I was so bloody confused what the hell happened Well, simple Liis wasn t paying enough attention and when she read back the ending of Part 1 everything was clear as day There is a lot of different parts that make this story great that Camp has had to juggle and put together like a little precious gothic looking ragdoll, but he bloody did it It is not simply the vibe and atmosphere that Camp has captured of New Orleans there is the myth, the legend from various cultures There s a presence I could imagine about all of the characters, of the legba, of the gods that mingle among people There s also the offering of a good laugh out loud moment many a times I mean, this is what a reader wants, is it not Gather the Fortunes is a wonderful portal that will blow your reality to smithereens and suck you into fantasy with the insane imagination and ability to twist the legend into contemporary story When she finished, Sal said nothing for a few seconds that felt like hours When he spoke, he no longer sounded angry only tired There just ain t no side of this ain t fucked from hell to breakfast, is there he asked, though it seemed rhetorical I m telling you, if you love an imaginative story full of quirk and fun and adventure and mystery, then Camp is your man Well, denying the thunder won t halt the lightning Fantasy is not my normal jam, but add in Greek Mythology, Magic, Spirituality, and elements of the Underworld, and I am so there Plus, I really enjoyed book 1, where it all started, The City Of Lost Fortunes.Particular parts reminded me of Neil Gaiman s Norse Mythology , J.K Rowling s Harry Potter Series , and Dante s Inferno The parts that reminded me of Neil Gaiman s works were poetic in a way I really enjoyed getting lost in the flow Well, denying the thunder won t halt the lightning Fantasy is not my normal jam, but add in Greek Mythology, Magic, Spirituality, and elements of the Underworld, and I am so there Plus, I really enjoyed book 1, where it all started, The City Of Lost Fortunes.Particular parts reminded me of Neil Gaiman s Norse Mythology , J.K Rowling s Harry Potter Series , and Dante s Inferno The parts that reminded me of Neil Gaiman s works were poetic in a way I really enjoyed getting lost in the flow of words Hearing this as an audiobook would be a great experience The imagery was great Bryan Camp, the author, being a Katrina Hurricane survivor of New Orleans, brought these elements out in his characters and the locations they traveled to Weaved with magic, mythology, and power, I always look forward to seeing where his stories go If you want a wild time in New Orleans mixed with fantasy and magic this series is a fun ride I love seeing other s thoughts on life after death and what happens when things go sideways How he describes the shadow aspects are beautiful If there s a book 3 I d check it out I have to admit I did like book one better The pacing of book 2 was a little off for me, great elements weaved throughout though I d definitely be interested in seeing the final copy of this book There were some seriously awesome fantasy elements that I just cannot get over I won an ARC via a Twitter contest hosted by John Joseph Adams, and the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt summer of 2019 All quotes may not reflect the final publication as the author could have made changes All reviews by me are honest and voluntary