The only way I can truly think to describe Margaret Killjoy‘s novella The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion is through this tweet I posted when I first started the book:
The story follows Danielle as she hunts for any clues as to the cause of her best friend’s suicide, and ends up in the middle of an anarchist community on the verge of self-destruction.
At 127 pages long, the story is a fast read but so full of atmosphere and action it’s captivating. The characters a wide range of diverse people, including very strong LGBT+ representation.
To stay much more about this novella would risk giving away the magic of the story so I’m going to leave this review with: read this novella. Just do it.
Author: Margaret Killjoy
Published: August 15 2017
Synopsis: 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.