Books from the Backlog #286

Posted October 5, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 10 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #286Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk
Narrator: January LaVoy
Published by Tordotcom on November 8, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Length: 3 hours 51 minutes
Pages: 144
Source: Publisher
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Winner of the Nebula Award!

Finalist for the Hugo Award!

Finalist for the World Fantasy Award!

A New York Times Best Romance of 2022!

C. L. Polk turns their considerable powers to a fantastical noir with Even Though I Knew the End.

“Eerie, sharp and fiercely bittersweet.” —The New York Times

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 augur 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.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Why did I add Even Though I Knew the End to my bookshelf?

When I had the opportunity to grab this audiobook, I didn’t hesitate. The story sounds really interesting and it is short enough to listen to in a single sitting. The reviews are somewhat mixed but I am still excited to give it a try. If only there were more hours in the day!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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10 responses to “Books from the Backlog #286

  1. I read this one! (Ebook, though, not the audiobook.) I really enjoyed it. It’s a good blend of fantasy and noir without getting too dark for my tastes, though there are plenty of shades of gray in there. Plus, as a novella, it’s a quick read. 😉