Gather the Fortunes
The exciting sequel to the stunning debut, The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp.
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...more
But hey, if you liked it enough to read it twice, I certainly wouldn't try to stop you.(less)
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Just like the first novel in this series, I adored this story. ...more
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 didnt 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 ...more
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 ...more
Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopompsthe guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworldand 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 endsomeone willing to risk everything to steal a little ...more
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, ...more
"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 face ...more
I didnt realize that this was the second book in a series. I do ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
However, there were a couple of aspects of the first book that bothered me: the somewhat too-frequent foul mouthed outbursts of the characters, and the muddled backstory of the protagonist. Here, the author has doubled down on ...more
Why only four stars not five? Well in his eagerness to paint a vivid and colourful landscape Camp sometimes overdoes it. He regularly introduces us to new features of his setting, but then spends a little too long explaining that new feature and this does interrupt the action a bit and it makes the book feel a little slow moving at times.
But this is a minor complaint and overall I enjoyed the book. ...more