Even Though I Knew the End, C. L. Polk

A conceptual cover with two women standing together. You cannot see their faces as there is a blur of white birds tangled together.

About the Book

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.

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My Thoughts

“I never realized how much I was a body until I didn’t have one, how deeply I was my conscious thought, until it disappeared, and I was nothing and nowhere and not.”

I liked the world created here, that magic exists, and that you can go “the wrong way” with it, damning you for eternity. Set in the early 1900s made for the perfect Historical Fantasy setup. I liked the promise of an auger investigating a string of murders. The story is ripe with possibilities.

But this book was a slow read for me, and sometimes I had to push myself to get through it. I think where some people felt “the great love” between Helen and Edith, I didn’t. Helen spent more time with Haraniel, so I don’t feel the great love other readers do.

I liked the ending even though it wasn’t what I imagined it would be when I started. For me, the promise of the book in its possibilities wasn’t carried out as much through the storyline. I enjoyed The Midnight Bargain, so I will definitely check out some of her other work.

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