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New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the world — there is no other quite like it, with its rich history and mythology and colorful characters. If it weren't for the less than perfect weather, it'd probably be the place I call home! Since my fascination with New Orleans was first born in the pages of a book (Anne Rice, obviously), any story set there automatically has my interest.
Mix a post-Katrina NOLA with a good dose of "magic, monsters, and miracles," add in a few mortal gods who can get killed, top it all off with a magical grifter, and you have a new urban fantasy series that goes from "interested" to "must read."
The City of Lost Fortunes, this week's Waiting on Wednesday pick, has all of the above, so go check it out...
The City of Lost Fortunes
A Crescent City Novel
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2018
HARDCOVER: 384 pages
PUBLISHER: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters.
The post–Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be more than human.
Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god’s death, uncover the plot that threatens the city’s soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father’s son.