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Bacchanal

By: Veronica G. Henry
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Publisher's Summary

Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it. Her time has come.

Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have. It’s a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she’s a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she’s a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza’s ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge.

Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls. And she’s met her match in Eliza, who’s only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers.

Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world. Rolling across a consuming dust bowl landscape, Eliza may have found her destiny.

©2021 by Veronica Henry. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“In Henry’s debut novel it is Depression-era Baton Rouge, Louisiana where Eliza Meeks' abandonment by her family sets her on a journey in the GB Bacchanal Carnival, where she develops her special gift to communicate with animals.... Miles complements the enigmatic ambiance of the prose and calls upon an array of accents for the peculiar personalities that come to enrich the dynamics of the traveling carnival. She instinctively pulls the story together making it more cerebral and thoroughly engaging in audio.” (Booklist)

“[Robin] Miles imbues each character with a subtle accent and vocal personality. Her patient narration draws listeners into a historical fantasy populated by larger-than-life characters. Miles's performance is the perfect vehicle for this powerful story of a young woman's search for her destiny.” (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner) 

Bacchanal takes circus fantasy into the menacing gothic environment of the Depression-era South, and narrator Robin Miles once again demonstrates her mastery by making every moment of this wildly outlandish world seem immediate and real.” (The Seattle Times

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Wow! What a ride!

I mean, this book has it all...romance, weirdos, shape-shifters, spirit animals, adventure, fights, mountain climbing....Even some child eating demons! This kept me engaged and up way past my bedtime. I'm kinda sad it's over. You won't regret a credit for this one!

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Excellent

Fantastic story. Exquisite characters and expertly read by Robin Miles, who brings each character to life using a whole host of individual accents and voices. Really well done, I love this book!

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Inspired, but Muddy

It's clear Bacchanal was heavily influenced by The Night Circus, but the author bit off more than she could chew. The story meandered and did not need to go on for as long as it did. There were too many elements jostling for attention and the end result was a muddy, confusing mess.
Also, the climax was less than excited, seemed to be over rather quickly, and not worth the looooooong build-up it took getting there.
I really wanted to like this book, but it took me MONTHS to finish. It was a chore.

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LOVED it!!

It is Night Circus with Dark magic in 1939 American South. What's not to like?!?

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Ehh

The story had moments that made me interested and at other moments I was completely lost. The narrator did her best but the accents made it difficult to follow the story thus staying engaged was hard. I don’t think I’d listen again

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Interesting and Enjoyable Story

I'm not sure how this book fell into my path, but I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, storyline, and the several references to people I've researched and places I've visited or called home.

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Highly recommend

Such a wonderful listen. The performance is top notch and the story is just so perfectly written. Run don’t walk .. get this book in your life!

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Simply Fascinating

So sad it’s over! This book and it’s presentation kept me on the edge of my seat. The beauty and detail of the book are unmatched. It took me completely to another place and time. I felt like I was a Carnie!

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Supernatural

I love this author. I found her not long ago looking for something new. She writes the exact things I like to read. I can’t wait for her next book. Hard to believe she’s just starting because she is a natural. This book was about a traveling carnival. Liza is lonely and searching for herself. Her life has been a bunch of tragedies. She has a gift. She can communicate with animals. So she joins the circus. But there’s an evil present when they approach. There’s a trailer that no one is allowed in it’s also guarded. Everybody has their own stories and we meet quite a few interesting people. I loved them all. This author is great at writing characters. I learned more about culture. And the book was written so well that it was hard to tell it was fiction. I could see myself running through the grasses of Africa in another life. There’s a great mystery about the circus. Come along and see lif Liza and her new friends can help her solve it.

The narrator was wonderful. I felt like I was in the story.

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loved the story and narration

loved the story and characters. Would love stories about other characters in the carnival.

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  • LouLou72
  • 03-10-22

bought in error

bought this title as I thought it was Veronica Henry whom I love to read. Tried to listen to it but didn't enjoy this book and was not allowed to return! very disappointed 😞

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
  • 07-15-21

Good in parts

I assume this is the authors first book. The story at times is absorbing and the characters are well written, it is let down by the lack of development of the evil characters. Obviously in an effort to not his anything away the author has concentrated on one half of the characters to the detriment of the other half. This leaves the whole as unbalanced. Also the end is so anticlimactic. It's like James Bond meets the villain and the villain says "good evening Mr Bond", then Bond shoots him in the head. The end. Needed a bigger climax. The narrator is quote good.