Review: “The Barrow Will Send What It May” by Margaret Killjoy

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Release Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing
Series: Danielle Cain #2
Genre: Fantasy

Description

“Margaret Killjoy’s Danielle Cain series is a dropkick-in-the-mouth anarcho-punk fantasy that pits traveling anarchist Danielle Cain against eternal spirits, hypocritical ideologues, and brutal, unfeeling officers of the law.

Now a nascent demon-hunting crew on the lam, Danielle and her friends arrive in a small town that contains a secret occult library run by anarchists and residents who claim to have come back from the dead. When Danielle and her crew investigate, they are put directly in the crosshairs of a necromancer’s wrath — whose actions threaten to trigger the apocalypse itself.”  (via Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts

Barrow-coverThe second novella in Margaret Killjoy’s kickass Danielle Cain series, The Barrow Will Send What It May, is just as good as the first. It packs a mighty punch in a short amount of space. It’s the kind of story that grips you from the first word and never stops shaking you.

Danielle is a fierce yet realistic protagonist. One minute she’s standing down murderous necromancers and facing off with bloodthirsty demons and the next drowning in a panic attack and worrying that the woman she loves may not love her back. Her co-conspirators are just as badass.

On top of all that, it’s deliciously, wonderfully, intersectionally diverse and feminist. It’s SUUUUUUUUUUPER queer and diverse in all kinds of ways – body shape, gender, race, ethnicity, beliefs, attractions (or lack thereof), etc.

The Barrow Will Send What It May is a vicious little tale with absorbing, intoxicating characters and haunting settings. In short, you need this novella in your life.

“He seemed desperate,” Doomsday said. “But I didn’t realize he was both desperate and stupid.”

“Men will do anything if they think ti’s in the best interest of some woman they love,” Gertrude said. “Whether or not the woman agrees.”

Excerpt of the first book in the Danielle Cain series, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Read my review of The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion over at Tor.com.

Thanks to Tor.com for sending me a review copy.

Do the world a favor and buy this book from your local indie bookstore or borrow it from your public library.

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