Review: Even Though I Knew The End by C.L. Polk

59808631._sx300_This one had such a beautiful cover and an interesting premise that I jumped on it as soon as I had the chance. This review is much later than I wanted, but I couldn’t skip it!

Thanks to the author as well as Tordotcom for the review copy!

A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago’s divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above.

An exiled auspex who sold her soul to save her brother’s life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can’t resist―the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves.

To succeed, she is given three days to track down the White City Vampire, Chicago’s most notorious serial killer. If she fails, only hell and heartbreak await.

This one ended up being shorter than I thought it was, but no less great. I didn’t realize it was a novella until I started listening to the audiobook, which ultimately shows how much I pay attention.

Even Though I Knew the End is the story of Helen, who is a warlock in 1940s Chicago. Once upon a time she made a deal, and that deal is about to come to its term, when suddenly someone says they can change the terms, if only Helen will do them the big favor of finding out who is roaming around Chicago killing people. The shenanigans start here and they don’t stop.

First of all, I really liked how Helen and Edith were in an established relationship already here. I do love a romance novel where we get to see the lovers fall for each other, but there is something to be said about having the lovers already in a relationship and having the shenanigans going on while supporting each other.

This was a lovely novella, well written and certainly engaging enough that I listened to it in one afternoon and enjoyed every bit of it. January LaVoy did a fantastic job with the narration, and made it so hard to put this one down. Luckily, I do chores while I’m listening. ^_^

All told, if you’re looking for something a little noir, but with angels and demons and magic and… magical lesbians, then you would love this novella, I should think. I certainly enjoyed myself with it! 4.5/5 stars!


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