Wednesday is usually my Can’t-Wait-For feature day – so how perfect is it that this Wednesday is the cover reveal for one of 2024 books I seriously cannot wait for: Evocation by S.T. Gibson!
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Queer MCs, past M/M, polyamory M/M/F
Published on: 28th May 2024
When a family curse threatens David’s life, he will turn to the only person he’s ever trusted, his ex-boyfriend, Rhys – which means he will have to open his heart to Moira, Rhys’s wife.
The day David Aristarkhov’s occultist father died, he bought himself an Audi, drank every drop of liquor in the house, and abandoned his life as a teen psychic prodigy. Now pushing thirty, David is a Boston attorney, moonlighting as a medium for a secret society.
But when the Devil comes to collect on a deal David’s ancestor made, he reluctantly reaches out to his ex-boyfriend Rhys for help. However, to get to Rhys, David will have to befriend Moira, Rhys’s wife. The trio gets a little too close for comfort as they combine their powers to unravel the century-old curse, and if they don’t break the curse by David’s thirtieth birthday, he won’t live long enough for everyone to figure out their feelings for each other.
If the name S.T. Gibson sounds familiar, you might remember her lushly dark (and very queer!) Dracula retelling, Dowry of Blood, which I reviewed a while back – or you might be looking forward to her upcoming sapphic dark academia novel An Education in Malice!
EITHER WAY YOU SHOULD (ALSO) BE VERY, VERY EXCITED FOR EVOCATION!
Gibson’s been teasing snippets of and thoughts on this book to her subscribers (a group that includes yours truly, obviously) for years, and at this point I’m pretty much ready to go feral for David, Rhys, and Moira! It’s not just that I love bad boys in trouble with the Devil, or high-stake circumstances forcing exes to reconnect, or even the promise of polyamory in my fantasy – it’s that we’re getting all these things from this particular author. Who has made it more than clear that that she can not just pull it off, but write it as a book that’s sure to star on plenty of Best of 2024 lists come next December!
Plus, come on – even if you know nothing about Gibson, could you resist that cover??? Illustrated by the marvellous Eleonor Piteira? The colours! The candles! The pose, which (deliberately, I’m sure) echoes that of the Hanged Man in the tarot? Alice Coleman, the cover designer, clearly knows what she’s doing; this whole thing is just *chef’s kiss*
(And I’m not geeking the hells out about all the ways the Hanged Man symbolism might give clues about the story, of course not, WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT?)