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Gather the Fortunes

(Crescent City #2)

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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 ...more
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Published May 21st 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Bryan Camp The intent behind Gather the Fortunes was that someone who hadn't read The City of Lost Fortunes could still read it. So even if you remember almost n…moreThe intent behind Gather the Fortunes was that someone who hadn't read The City of Lost Fortunes could still read it. So even if you remember almost nothing from the previous book, you should be fine.

But hey, if you liked it enough to read it twice, I certainly wouldn't try to stop you.(less)
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Bryan Camp
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the second, best book I've ever written. (not second best, for the record)
Liz
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brittany
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-arcs, fantasy
"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
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Becca (Horners_book_corner)
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 make more sense 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.
Blake Johnson
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Liz Barnsley
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow.
Summer (speaking_bookish)
↝ARC received by Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for an honest review.↜

"The only thing death has never been is lonely."

Renaissance 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
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Kathy
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
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Lora Carney
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Renai is a psychopomp, someone who leads the souls of the dead to the afterlife. But when a boy, Ramses St. Cyr, seeks to escape his fate, Renai gets caught up in a plot among the deities unfolding in New Orleans.

I always enjoy supernatural stories set in new Orleans, though I've only been there once. I also enjoy Underworld stories, so this was an obvious choice for me. I've only just learned that it's actually second in a series, but I don't think that's why I found it a little hard to engage
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Kimberly M.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
wandered, like the protagonist. but a good ending, and I continue to be fascinated by how this author writes magic.
Leah Horton
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
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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.
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Renaissance “Renai” Raines is trying to
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Minx
True Rating 3.5 stars!

Once again, this series transports the reader to a magical New Orleans that is vividly detailed and fully immersive. You can really lose yourself in the city that is described in this book. Not to mention all of the original characters that you will find between its pages, there is a lot to love about this novel. The main character, Renaissance Raines, was introduced in book one of the Crescent City series, The City of Lost Fortunes, and I would absolutely recommend that yo
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Michelle
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Gather the Fortunes is the second book in the fantasy Crescent City series by author Bryan Camp. Though you do not need to read the first book, in order to understand and enjoy the second novel, I would advise it. I went into the second book without having read the first book, and I think that detracted from my overall enjoyment of the story. I found myself wanting to know more about the world. Though, to my knowledg ...more
Katelin Deushane
The first book was so much better. This one was just weighed down by too many useless details and not enough action. The introspection was helpful only up to a certain point before it just seemed like useless babble and the end was a little bit cliche. Oh so happy--I found myself and am whole again. Talk about an after school special.

Then we had characters show up that were just helpful plot devices to get you to the next scene and some things were never explained really like why the characters
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T.S.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another gem of a love letter to the Big Easy from a man who knows the city best. Full of mystery and myth, heart and soul all wrapped tightly around the spirit of New Orleans. A perfect second chapter in this phenomenal series.

Highly recommended.
David Harris
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to Titan Books for a free copy of Gather the Fortunes for review.

This is the second book in Camp's Crescent City series of urban fantasy set in a post Katrina New Orleans. Several years have padded since the events of The City of Lost Fortunes, and while the scars of the hurricane - and the subsequent neglect - have perhaps healed a bit, they haven't faded. In these books, there is a palpable sense of injustice, with racial, gender and economic inequalities bleeding into a palpable
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Zoe
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
February 14, 2020 - April 18, 2020

From Valentines to Easter.
Well the book itself was fine. The time it took to read it - less so.
February for me was busy, I told myself March will be better - mid March the entire world goes on Lockdown. You'd think being stuck at home would be a good conduit to reading - not when you're home with so many other people and there's always something else, someone else needs you to do. Reading becomes less about relaxing and more about the 5 minutes of reprieve y
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Stephanie Ward
'Gather the Fortunes' is the fabulous second book in the Crescent City series and one that fans of the first installment are going to absolutely love. Unlike many others books in a series, I think you can pick this novel up without having read the first book in the series and be just fine. There are some references to characters and things that happened in the first one, but nothing that would be too confusing for a new reader.

Just like the first novel in this series, I adored this story. Everyt
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Elizabeth
I received an ARC of Gather the Fortunes by Bryan Camp from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through NetGalley. What follows is my fair and honest review.

When I first read the synopsis of this novel on NetGalley, I was totally intrigued. I especially loved how it was a fantasy story set in New Orleans. What I didn’t realize is that this book is actually the second in a series that begins with The City of Lost Fortunes. Unfortunately, the fact that this book is a sequel impacted my reading experience a
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Nay Denise
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a copy for review.

I enjoyed this sequel as much as I did the first book, however, just like the first book I have to give it a 3.5 star rating. If it wasn't for the long drawn out inner monologues and extreme descriptions that pulled me out at times it would have been a solid 4 star rating. This book like the first is full laughter and plot twists.

Renai is half dead and half alive. After her encounter with Jude in The City of Lost Fortune she works as a psychopomp which is a guide that
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Ileana Renfroe
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Michelle
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to learn there would be a sequel to The City of Lost Fortunes. Bryan Camp has created a magical world full of mystery and intrigue and I am loving every minute of it.
Gather the Fortunes brings us back to New Orleans and back to Renaissance Raines. After her death and resurrection, she is now a psychopomp, a guide who leads the dead through the Seven Gates of the Underworld. Death is one of the big guarantees in life, along with taxes, that no one can get away from. Ramses St. Cyr,
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Bonnie_blu
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Wow, rarely have I read a more original or compelling intro than Camp's first paragraph in "Gather the Fortunes"! I admire great writing, and Camp proved himself capable of being a standout wordsmith with this one paragraph. After reading it, I was eagerly looking forward to reading the rest of the book. Unfortunately, the promise of the introductory paragraph was not realized. There were bursts of brilliance here and there, but they only served to make me lament what could have been. If not for ...more
Katie
Nothing is ever only itself. Everything is a part of something greater. Every light casts a shadow.

"Renaissance Raines is a psychopomp – a guide who leads the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld – and has done well in avoiding any attention from both the living and the dead, until her latest charge, Ramses St. Cyr goes missing. Renai finds herself in the middle of a plot with the future of the city on the line. Whoever is stirring up trouble will have to fac
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Lenoire
Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps. She is one of the guides who leads the recently departed souls through the Seven Gates of the Underworld. Renai tries to focus on getting her souls through the gate and avoid any unwanted attention from gods and mortals. However, when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his fate of dying, Renai finds herself in the middle of the devious plan. Renai has to figure out who has the power and will to go against the Thrones t ...more
Jessica Bronder
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Renaissance Raines, Renai died she was chosen to become a psychopomp, a guide that escorts the dead through the seven gates of the Underworld. But when she is giving the task of finding a soul that has missed his death twice things are going to get a lot more interesting. She is going to be acquiring help and hindrance from all kinds of mythological creatures from gods and goddesses, angels and demons, and so much more.

I didn’t realize that this was the second book in a series. I do recomm
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Ryan Mac
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in the same magical world of New Orleans that The City of Lost Fortunes took place. Gather the Fortunes follows one of the characters from the first book, Renaissance Raines, a few years after the events of the first book. She is a psychopomp, basically someone who helps guide the recently dead through the gates of the Underworld. One of the people that she was supposed to guide somehow avoided his death--which shouldn't be possible. How did this person avoid Death? What gods or ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Gather the Fortunes is the second installment in the Crescent City series. With Jude as the main character in The City of Lost Fortune series, this second book focuses on Renai as the main character.

With amazing detail, this story unfolds before your eyes with vivid detail of the city of New Orleans and the underworld. It is full of imagination that is blended with myths from different cultures and stocked with mystical creatures. I loved how there was a short paragraph at the beginning of a cha
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Angela Johnson
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. DNF-Once again, on this second book of Camp's that I've read, I am underwhelmed. What, in theory, should be a fascinating read due to the subject-matter (gods and supernatural, life and death, after-life, after-death, and all manner of supernatural creatures, all set in New Orleans, a place near and dear to my heart), falls short due to the writing style. I just don't like it. There's something droning and boring about it w/ the exceptions being the chapter openings w/ all the mythological ...more
jedbird
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually it's 3.5*

The best part of this book for me was the few thematic paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter. There was some poetry there, some lovely imagery.

As for the rest of the book, a lot of stuff happens, but not all of it is interesting, nor is all of it comprehensible.

I didn't like Renai as a protagonist nearly as well as I'd liked Jude in the first book. She seemed to be entirely defined by her job/mission. She had a hobby--running--but running is not a substitute for a perso
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