Song of Carcosa by Josh Reynolds

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In Song of Carcosa we once again join Countess Alessandra Zorzi and her protégé Pepper as they travel the world to recover dangerous occult items. This time they are in Venice, Zorzi’s birthplace. But there is very little time for sightseeing or reminiscing. Pepper continues to slide deeper into a supernatural rabbit hole she may not be able to climb out of, and Alessandra is determined to save her. Meanwhile, Venice itself descends into madness.

Can the countess save both her friend and her city? Or will she lose both to Carcosa’s siren? Find out in the latest Arkham horror novel by Josh Reynolds’ Song of Carcosa.

[Note: While I am reviewing this novel independently and honestly, it should be noted that it has been provided to me by Aconyte for the purpose of this review. Warning: My review of Song of Carcosa contains some spoilers!]

Song of Carcosa: a global Arkham horror

We first meet Countess Alessandra Zorzi and Pepper inside The Wrath of N’Kai (also by Josh Reynolds). They saved Arkham from an ancient horror and the Countess realized that the occult nonsense she had been stealing and trading for years was actually real. Shocked by this revelation, she turns a new leaf and dedicates her illegal skills to retrieving those dangerous items from the very people she acquired them for and turning them over to people who can protect the world from their horrors.

Zorzi also takes Pepper, a brave but brash young cab driver she befriended in Arkham, under her wing. The two promised to teach her how to be a thief and left for Europe. The next time we encounter these two, they are trying to retrieve some rather dangerous supernatural artifacts from an old friend of Alessandra’s. During that adventure, Pepper encounters a mysterious symbol that influences her quite strongly. Since then, she has had nightmares that draw her deeper and deeper into the mysterious world of Carcosa.

The curse of the Yellow King

There is a play that is said to be cursed. It is about the Yellow King and the city of Carcosa. Everyone who sees it will go crazy by the second act, so the legend goes. Nevertheless, Alessandra’s friend Jan Znamenski decided to adapt the piece again. Of course he doesn’t do it out of purely artistic desires; he knows exactly what he is doing and who he is calling on. Or at least he thinks so. But the thing about the eldritch gods is that they play by their own rules, and humans rarely understand the whole game. Znamenski thinks he is unleashing paradise on earth, but whose paradise will it be?

When Zorzi arrives in Venice looking for help for Pepper, she also wants to steal an item from Znamenski. But it is not the play with which he poisons Venice. Once she discovers what he is planning, she realizes she must stop him. Especially because Pepper seems to slide further into the world of Carcosa every day. To save her friend, Alessandra must save the world. Is she strong enough to defeat the Yellow King?

Another round of Josh Reynolds with our favorite thief Alessandra

I love Alexander. She is glamorous, witty, smart, brave and sassy, ​​everything a great leading lady needs. And Reynolds always does an excellent job of bringing her to life. Pepper is another great character and the two work very well together. Pepper helps bring out Alessandra’s human, caring side, which she often buries. The nice thing about Alessandra and Pepper’s adventures is that they started from Arkham. I like the Arkham horror series, but let’s be honest: only so many eldritch gods can compete for the same piece of land.

Furthermore, the Countess’s elegance and skills would be wasted in such a small town, everyone would know to lock away their valuables when she passes by. Taking her out of the small town and onto a world stage, she can use her abilities and interact with more mysterious creatures in even more amazing environments. Her stories preserve the spirit of the Arkham horrors series and maintain ties with Arkham through the Silver Twilight Lodge and Miskatonic University, but they bring more to the table than Arkham can offer alone. Giving Pepper and the Countess the world is a very clever call Reynolds’ share, and I hope the two continue to travel the world in future adventures!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we dream of future adventures, be sure to take a look Song of Carcosa, now available Aconyte. Anyone who has the Arkham horror series will enjoy it. If you’re new to the series and like horror, mystery, action, or heist stories, continue on Song of Carcosa.

If you haven’t read Zorzi’s other adventures yet, I would recommend that you at least read this one Wrath of N’Kai And Shadows of Pnath (My reviews of that are below) so you can stay up to date with Alessandra and Pepper’s adventures. It is not strictly necessary to enjoy Josh Reynolds’ latest offering, but it will make Song of Carcosa so much better. I promise: it’s worth it. Have a reading marathon!

Rating: 9/10

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