Libba Bray's sprawling finale in her decade-long Diviners saga is a massive epic full of emotional highs and lows, and a thought-provoking look at 1920s America. Readers shouldn't even think of picking it up until they've re-read 2017's Before the Devil Breaks You (or at last read a review or summary); it dives right in and goes nonstop for more than 500 pages. So much happens in each of the three subgroups (Sam, Evie, Theta, and Isaiah join the circus! Henry, Bill, and Memphis catch ride on a Southbound train thanks to the Pullman porters, and Jericho and Ling join Alma on the Chitlin' Circuit of African American entertainment venues), it's hard to believe the series will wrap up in the final act. But somehow Bray manages to delve into each character's arc and move the story forward to its propulsive end.
Be warned, reader, for you will need tissues. You don't need to be a Diviner to know there are sad times in store for some of our favorite characters. Bray isn't as brutal as George R.R. Martin, but let's just compare this to the Deathly Hallows in the sense that in a war for the future of humanity, not everyone gets a happily ever after. They do, however, each experience happiness, love (whether it's romantic, familial, or both), and, most of all, the unbreakable bond of friendship. This series has always promoted the idea that learning to befriend, trust, and love others who don't look like us, talk like us, or even believe like us is a beautiful, magical, and necessary part of life. In essence, America is made better by people of all backgrounds, heritages, and faiths. That's a reminder we could all use, no matter the decade.