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Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest [4.5/5]

Eden Moore sees ghosts, and not just any ghosts either. She sees the spirits of three sisters who were killed long ago by her great-grandfather, a sorko (African sorcerer) who now has designs on her.

This wonderful piece of Southern gothic horror is Cherie Priest‘s debut novel, and I was lucky enough to have her send me a copy via Jenn after I had no luck finding one to buy at Boskone this year. It’s really not like anything I’ve read lately (or maybe ever), with the closest I’ve gotten maybe being Caitlin R. Kiernan‘s work. Cherie’s book really has a flavor all its own though, with very nice prose full of atmosphere and texture. I highly recommend this one, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Wings to the Kingdom, when it comes out this fall.

Oh, and Four and Twenty Blackbirds just won the first Lulu Blooker Prize too, which is pretty darned cool.

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