13 Jan 2023

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THE END by C. L. Polk

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!


Author: C. L. Polk
Series: N/A
Source: Audio via Kobo
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: November 8, 2022

A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above.

An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother's life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can't resist―the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves.

To succeed, she is given three days to track down the White City Vampire, Chicago's most notorious serial killer. If she fails, only hell and heartbreak await.

Content Warningshomophobia, sexism, mental asylums, possession.

I saw someone compare this to Seasons 4-5 of Supernatural and like, yeah, that's what this is, but with sapphic love.

Maybe it's because I just very recently watched those seasons of Supernatural, or that I am not a huge fan of this type of noir story, but this just didn't hit all the marks I wanted it to. I think because it was so short, there wasn't enough time for nuance or understanding, especially around why this was happening or how it was happening.

I think there was more of a need to explain the relationship, how it was impacted by angels, and what that means moving forward. There was a lot of really great wlw moments, and there were elements of it that I super enjoyed, but the rest fell so flat because of the lack of time to explain things and the large concepts that were being discussed.

It's short enough to make it worth while but it wouldn't be my first pick!

Have you read this book? What was your favourite part?

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