Ring Shout

P. Djèlí Clark

fiction fantasy historical
adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced

176 pages | first published 2020

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror

D. W. Griffith is a sorcerer, and The Birth of a Nation is a spell that drew upon the darkest thoughts and wishes from the heart of America. Now, rising in power and prominence, the Klan has a plot to unleash Hell on Earth.

Luckily, Maryse Boudreaux has a magic sword and a head full of tales. When she's not running bootleg whiskey through Prohibition Georgia, she's fighting monsters she calls "Ku Kluxes." She's damn good at it, too. But to confront this ongoing evil, she must journey between worlds to face nightmares made flesh--and her own demons. Together with a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter, Maryse sets out to save a world from the hate that would consume it.

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Moods

dark 94%
adventurous 71%
tense 53%
emotional 43%
mysterious 33%
challenging 25%
hopeful 21%
sad 17%
reflective 16%
inspiring 14%
funny 9%
informative 6%

Pace

fast 83%
medium 16%
slow 0%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 63% | Plot: 27% | Character: 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 6% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 3% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 97% | No: 1% | It's complicated: 0% | N/A: 0%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 10% | N/A: 0%

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4.35