Image of Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling Guides)


Image of Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling Guides)

The follow-up to The Shambling Guide to New York City, this series second sees travel guide editor Zoë Norris tackling the Big Easy. Since in this round Zoë is still being introduced to new aspects of the coterie (the monster world), who live and work hidden among humans, it’s fresh enough that even new readers will thoroughly enjoy the unusual take on vampires, spirits and other classic creatures. Fewer scenes in the workplace and more action scenes mean the story doesn’t have as much humor as its predecessor, but an entertaining inclusion of Zoë’s own power gives it something new.

After the success of her coterie travel guide to New York City, human editor Zoë Norris is sent to research New Orleans, an especially coterie-friendly city. With half her colleagues waiting for her to fail (and the other half trying to eat her), Zoë will have to be on high alert during this trip. And it doesn’t help that she’s discovered she has special powers that need to remain hidden from not only her co-workers, but also from some mysterious and shady humans who keep popping up. (ORBIT, Mar., 352 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Leah Hanson