Gather the Fortunes

Caught in the schemes of a bunch of feuding Trickster gods, Renaissance Raines wound up dead, then resurrected, and then abandoned, stuck in the shadows between the world of the living and the Underworld. In the five years since, Renai has found her place among the psychopomps—the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld—and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. When a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape the moment of his foretold death, though, she finds herself once again at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in the streets of New Orleans. Because someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end. And someone is willing to risk the delicate balance of life and death to steal a little slice of power for themselves. Whether it’s one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city, or the death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld, or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death, someone knows what happened to Ramses. When she finds that scheming someone, there’s going to be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. And Renaissance Raines is one of them.

ISBN: 9781328876713
Format: Hardcover / Ebook

About the Author

Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He can be found on twitter @bryancamp and at He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.

Praise for Gather the Fortunes

What a joy it is to return to Bryan Camp’s weird, dark, vivid, gorgeous magical New Orleans. Highly recommended!

—Sam J. Miller, award-winning author of Blackfish City

The magic and mythological heft of Bryan Camp’s debut doesn’t lose any momentum in Gather the Fortunes. He captures the essence and resilience of a still healing New Orleans by digging into the parts of a city too often ignored by the well-to-do and powerful. If The City of Lost Fortunes was a love letter to New Orleans then its next installment is an Earl King blue’s song.

—Brent Lambert, editor at FIYAH Magazine

Praise for Bryan Camp

A deft and expansive fantasy imbued with real magic and wild plot turns.

—Kelly Link, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Get in Trouble, on The City of Lost Fortunes

A phantasmagoric murder mystery that wails, chants, laments, and changes shape as audaciously as the mythical beings populating its narrative. […] The engaging style, facility with folklore, and, above all, impassioned love for the city its characters call home keeps you enraptured by the book’s most chilling and outrageous plot twists.

—Kirkus (starred review), on The City of Lost Fortunes

There isn’t a dull page as Jude determines who his real friends are. Anne Rice fans will enjoy this fresh view of supernatural life in New Orleans, while fans of Kim Harrison’s urban fantasy will have a new author to watch.

—Booklist (starred review), on The City of Lost Fortunes

A masterly game played by gods and monsters, a devastated city trying to rebuild, and compelling characters struggling to find their place in a strange world are all pieces of this fantastic and enthralling puzzle of a story. […] Camp’s thoroughly engaging debut is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, with the added spirit of the vibrant Big Easy.

—Library Journal (starred review, SF/F debut of the month selection), on The City of Lost Fortunes