I wish I could live within the pages of this book.
Being a New-Orleans-ophile (or whatever one obsessed with NOLA is called), I strive to read everything I can get my hands on about the Crescent City.
This novel is a beautiful mash-up of history, magic, human trials and tribulations, and murder. We follow Jude, a demi-god grifter, who has the gift of finding lost items. He uses it as a parlor trick on tourists, but soon finds himself over his head when he loses the highest staked game of poker that ever existed. He must save New Orleans and himself before time runs out.
I loved the sensory overload of this novel. I saw his illegal squat, the shimmering moonlight on the asphalt, and the post-Katrina weary vagrants in Jackson Square. Mixed in with Camp's multitudes of mythological characters, this book is a must-read. Can't wait for more in the series.