Book Review – The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett


Goodreads Synopsis:

Membership in the razor neck crew is for life. But when Taggert, who can heal and hurt with just a touch, receives a call from the past he is honor bound to try and help the woman he once loved try to find her daughter. Taggert realizes the girl has more power than even he can imagine and has to wrestle with the nature of his own skills, not to mention risking the wrath of his enigmatic master and perhaps even the gods, in order keep the girl safe. In the end, Taggert will have to delve into the depths of his heart and soul to survive. After all, what really matters is family.


I got this book in a Humble Book Bundle and so knew almost nothing when I started reading it other than the fact that I loved the name. This is an urban fantasy novel which is a genre that I don’t read that much however this has certainly made me want to read more as I adored it.

The main thing I love about this book is the fact that all the characters have different powers. Taggert, the main character, is able to heal while other characters have powers such as creating illusions. Not only this, but the characters are all very diverse with a range of different ethnic backgrounds.

The novel starts off in Morocco with Taggert who then travels to London and is on the hunt for a missing girl. Taggert is also able to change his appearance and so because of this, the book tackles issues such as racism in a subtle way. There is one particular scene in a taxi that I really enjoyed that deals with racism and class differences and it’s all very natural as it’s something that the characters obviously have to deal with in their everyday lives.

The writing can be a bit weak at points, however it is the authors first book so that’s understandable and I still thoroughly enjoyed this entire novel and am keen on reading more of his work. I’d definitely recommend this and again, this would fit into a couple categories in the Fantasy Bingo challenge.