Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Monday, November 16, 2020

Published: October 13, 2020
Tor Publishing
Series: NA
Format: Physical ARC
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
Available: BN | Amazon 
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I finished this book in one sitting (well once I sat down with it fully) and was blown away. This author has a way of telling stories and its in a good way. P. Djeli Clark takes the movie The Birth of a Nation, the Klan, Black resistance fighters and mix them all with a whole lot of monsters and Gullah folklore. Horror elements has perfect blends here as well. 

Marsye Boudreaux and her crew fight Klan and Ku Kluxes alike and in their eyes, there isn't really much difference in their appearance...one just wears their monster suit better. Marsye has been chosen as champion and is given a blessed sword to assist her in her fight against monsters but she is still fighting her demons and the guilt of not being able to save her own family. That anger builds over time and the enemy sees a chance to take advantage. Question is will Marsye succumb to a darkness that will surely swallow her and the world whole? 

I am stunned at this story...honestly, I'm fascinated by it. The world building and character development was meticulous and this is a novella.

This author was able to weave an amazing story while telling us a story and kudos! The references of Gullah folklore and its speech throughout the read was spectacular as well. I do wish however that there was some kind of dictionary provided to give us some idea of what Nana Jean was saying. 

I think what made this story for me at least, is the characters themselves. Marsye and her friends were an amazing team but their individual stories bound them together in ways that only Black women can understand. And the other cast of characters were a perfect pairing to their badassness. The other thing that makes Ring Shout is the horror elements. Horror should creep up on you and remind you why you should be scared in the first place. With the backdrop of old age racism and a people's folklore, this book does that and more. 

All and all, I enjoyed Ring Shout and P. Djeli Clark told a story I won't forget for a while. 
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