Alex Reviews: Ring Shout – The Klan has demons, and Maryse hunts them with a sword that sings

The Klan has demons, and Maryse hunts them with a sword that sings.

That is the premise of Ring Shout. Set in 1922 Georgia, she moves through a world filled with a quiet kind of magic–it’s not there unless you know it is, but when you find it, it’s deep.

I’m a longtime fantasy reader. I love it. I read it a lot. One of the drawbacks, though, is how often you see concepts come around again. Ring Shout hit me with stuff that was new to me–and all the more impressive because of how little P. Djèlí Clark made up out of whole cloth. He drew on folklore I’d never heard of, and made some serious A-grade horror and magic happen. Seriously, y’all, some of these demons and monsters pin your imagination down, give it a big wet kiss, and promise you’ll remember them.

And the feels, man. The feels in this book. I cried at this book. Some of the writing is so beautiful, some of the feelings hit so hard, you can’t keep it back.

But despite the horror, despite the violence, despite the talks about power and punishment and penance and people, it all comes through.

And I want to read more when it comes.

Ring Shout comes out this Tuesday, October 13th, preorder it on our website at