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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

“[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

“Henry skillfully layers historical realism with fantastic elements to explore the way times of desperation test the ethics of oppressed communities. Henry is a writer to watch.” Publishers Weekly

“Henry’s debut draws on a rich history of folklore from various African traditions, as well as African history and Black American history, and almost the entire main cast is Black. The carnival setting works perfectly for bringing together various strange and magical people who aren’t at home anywhere else…Come one, come all, this magical carnival has all the delightful dangers a reader could wish for.” Kirkus Reviews 

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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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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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LOVED it!!

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

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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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loved the story and narration

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

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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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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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Gripping

Thoroughly enjoyed both the book and audio version. Audio worked well so I did chores.

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Well...I finished it!

I sure struggled to finish it. The narrator did a nice job, but I wonder if she couldn't wait for it to finish, too? The author tried, so I will never grade lower than a 3, effort counts. I struggled to find a character I liked, hard to read and listen when I'm not interested. Thought the epilogue would pull it together....another disappointment! I'm just out 2 bucks for the audio; book was a Prime freebie! Hope you have better luck with it. 😕

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  • Mr. S. M. Elliott
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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.