Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Ring Shout is a new novella by P. Djeli Clark. I have to start by saying P. Djeli Clark is the MASTER of the novella. He has an incredible talent for creating vast detailed worlds, intricate and complicated characters, and heart stopping action that capture the African American experience in a novella format. Ring Shout is no exception and unlike anything else i've read before. It is so inventive, clever, and different. Clark takes a moment in this country's dark history and mixes in fantasy and horror to come up with a wicked alternate vision.
Ring Shout takes place in the post war South in 1922. It immediately pulls you into a world shaped by hate and fear, where hate literally takes on a life of its own. Ring Shout is also an extremely well written character driven story. Maryse Boudreaux is our main protagonist and such an enjoyable character. She's smart, brave, and an all around kick ass heroine. I found Maryse to be complex and relatable as she struggles to reconcile the hurts from her past and discover who she will be going forward. There are so many plot twists and gut punches, this story left me on the edge of my seat throughout. This is a tale of the dangers of being led by hate and the strength and beauty that are built out of struggle and the fierce determination to love and thrive despite it all.
If you are a fan of alternate history interpretations, horror, speculative fiction, justice, black girl magic, and action galore then go read this book! This gem published by Tor.Com is set to release on October 13, 2020 and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Ring Shout 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait for this story to be out in the world for all to read. Happy Reading!