Evocation

Book I in The Summoner's Circle

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Pub Date 28 May 2024 | Archive Date 29 May 2024

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The Devil knows your name, David Aristarkhov.
 
As a teen, David Aristarkhov was a psychic prodigy, operating under the shadow of his oppressive occultist father. Now, years after his father’s death and rapidly approaching his thirtieth birthday, he is content with the high-powered life he’s curated as a Boston attorney, moonlighting as a powerful medium for his secret society.
 
But with power comes a price, and the Devil has come to collect on an ancestral deal. David’s days are numbered, and death looms at his door.
 
Reluctantly, he reaches out to the only person he’s ever trusted, his ex-boyfriend and secret Society rival Rhys, for help. However, the only way to get to Rhys is through his wife, Moira. Thrust into each other’s care, emotions once buried deep resurface, and the trio race to figure out their feelings for one another before the Devil steals David away for good…
 
The first book in a spellbinding and vibrant new series from The Sunday Times bestselling author of A Dowry of Blood.
The Devil knows your name, David Aristarkhov.
 
As a teen, David Aristarkhov was a psychic prodigy, operating under the shadow of his oppressive occultist father. Now, years after his father’s death...

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Evocation is the first in a new series from S.T. Gibson, author of A Dowry of Blood and An Education in Malice (among others). It’s a queer urban fantasy with a perfect balance of character relationships, romance, and supernatural suspense.

Evocation’s plot was fantastic but my favorite part was the development not only of each character, but of the relationships between Moira, Rhys, and David. Rhys and Moira’s love for each other is sweet, and so deep, it actually gave me butterflies. David is a snarky jerk who is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it, but underneath his tough guy exterior is a vulnerable man who is terrified of the ancient curse placed upon his family. At the beginning of the book, Rhys and Moira are at odds with David, and he’s not too happy with them either, but as the story progresses, their feelings change in a way that feels natural and evenly-paced. The proximity is forced, but the slow-burn to the conclusion isn’t!

As for the story itself, it wasn’t until I hit about 10% of the book that I knew it was absolutely for me. I wouldn’t say the first bit was confusing, but there was some setup and I honestly didn’t know exactly where it was going. But once I got there, I was all in. I was truly engrossed as the trio attempted to break the curse threatening David’s life. I never would have guessed how everything came to a head! The ending was a great surprise, one that made me both excited for a sequel and beyond depressed that I’ll probably have to wait a long time for it.

This book really has it all: a spell-binding plot that leaves you excited for the next installment, unforgettable characters that defy initial impressions and surprise you with their depth, and a MMC who calls the FMC “little goddess.”

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Absolutely incredible book, but then again, what else was anyone expecting from S.T. Gibson.

Definitely for fans of Leigh Bardugo (specifically more along the Ninth House route) but stands so well on it's own.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Highly enjoyed!

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