The Diviners (Diviners #1) by Libba Bray
Myth: 3 /5
This was the first book in Libba Bray’s Diviners series. It takes place in the 20’s in Manhattan, which made for a lot of fun flappers lingo, style and disregard for prohibition. Our story mainly follows Evie O’Neill as she is moved from the Midwest to Manhattan to live with her uncle because she stirred up some trouble in her hometown. Her uncle Will runs an occult museum which is fondly referred to as the Museum of the “creepy crawly.”
In this first book, Evie, her uncle, his brooding assistant Jericho with a secret and a charming pickpocket work together to solve a series of occult murders. Evie is definitely the focus of this first book, and while she’s entertaining, she doesn’t have much depth in this first book.
What we do start to see is that there are many diviners (think X-men), and we start to see other characters that Evie encounters as they try and hide their powers. I look forward to diving into some of these other character’s stories in the next books in the series.
Magic 3 /5
Bray loves magic to dance along the line somewhere between the mystical and the occult. This story is no different. We have occult murders, a history of Diviners making dark predictions and a super creepy kids nursery rhyme that packs a punch.
We only get to glance into the lives of some of the other Diviners, but there we encounter, dream walking, healing, predicting the future, disappearing and more.
Overall 3/ 5
I’ll definitely read the next one. And looking forward to learning more about why Diviner’s powers are growing, and what’s coming next that they’re needed.