All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.
I was so pumped for this book, so pumped in fact that I froze completely when it came out in early December. I wanted to read it right away but also what if it wasn’t as good as I imagined it would be? What if… In some ways it wasn’t as good as I expected, the drag queen sorceress was a plot I felt a little flat on but in many other ways, it went way beyond my expectations. Kane is such a complex and unreliable narrator that you get frustrated at times with everything that is happening and his choices. In this instance, it made the book all that much better.
The plot of this book was stunning and absolutely fascinating, it reminded me so much of the parts of The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis that I loved. The ambitious world-building was stunning and pulled off with a mastery I did not anticipate. That’s saying something as there are many many worlds in this book with each individual reverie containing its own micro world.
The characters were all so great and well written, and there were some characters like *REDACTED* who I just adored and I wanted to care for. I especially liked the character Helena who we never get to see outside of a reverie but is dynamite. I liked the way through all this fantasy this book still hits some hard topics like being a feminine male, and being gay in school in the modern age. I was absolutely thrown as well at the way La Sala shined a mirror at the queer erasure that often happens with older people. DID NOT EXPECT THAT!
This book is not only an amazing fantasy novel but a love letter to the gay community, from a passionate soul.