The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
Published by Tor.com on August 15th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Novella, Queer
“Sometimes you have to pull a knife.“
Well, this was an amazing novella! I can’t believe I haven’t heard anyone talking about this one before. Y’all have been sleeping on this one.
Dropping right into the action along with the main character, Danielle Cain, we find ourselves in the squatter utopian town of Freedom, Iowa. Danielle is an always traveling, anarchistic punk who is searching for clues about her best friend’s sudden suicide and instead finds a blood-red, three-antlered deer cracking open the ribs of a rabbit. Not exactly an everyday sight.
“It’s strange how quickly it’s normal, there being magic in the world.”
I’m not going to say too much more because I don’t want to give anything away, but the one thing that I really loved is that there are so many queer characters in this. Freedom really is a kind of utopia. People of all different races, ages, body types, sexualities, and gender identities. If only all places were as accepting.
And the only issue I have is with how quickly people who had never meet each other were to trust each other, but then I’m a pessimistic, wary person, so that’s more of a me issue then anything else.
Now, I just need to get my hands on the sequel asap.
About the book
Danielle Cain is a queer punk rock traveller, jaded from a decade on the road. Searching for clues about her best friend’s mysterious and sudden suicide, she ventures to the squatter, utopian town of Freedom, Iowa. All is not well in Freedom, however: things went awry after the town’s residents summoned a protector spirit to serve as their judge and executioner.
Danielle shows up in time to witness the spirit—a blood-red, three-antlered deer—begin to turn on its summoners. Danielle and her new friends have to act fast if they’re going to save the town—or get out alive.
Suicide, gore, animal death, death, murder, mention of rape, gun violence, panic attack, mention of overdosing, blood, medical content, grief, and violence.