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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
After a car wreck, a young college student wakes up inside a shabby clinic within a strange city in the fascinating urban fantasy, Caligation by Brhi Stokes. After wasting several years in college, Ripley decides to stop drifting and start living. Discarding everything in his life, he simply walks away. Without a destination in mind, Ripley starts hitchhiking. His first ride is from a young woman, and becoming friends with her, he shares his beer. Suddenly, in a blur of lights and movement, their car is hit and everything goes black. When Ripley regains consciousness, he wakes up in a decrepit medical building. Disoriented and distressed, Ripley runs from the building. But when he hits the streets, he is stalked and ambushed by ferocious creatures. A woman with an unusual addition of a tail rescues him, feeds him, and then sends him on his way. But when he resumes his journey, Ripley is confused by the city and its bizarre inhabitants. All Ripley wants to do is go home, but every time he tries, he ends up back where he began. The only person that even offers him hope is the city's worst criminal. The catch is, if he wants answers, he must work for the crime boss first. Will Ripley ever find his way back to his other life? Or will he be stuck forever in a metropolis of human hybrids?
Caligation by Brhi Stokes is an entertaining fantasy novel set in a unique city that has a very strange populace. It is a gripping, action-packed novel filled with monsters and mayhem that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Woven into the story are obscure teasers from Ripley's memory, telepathic discussions with his avian counterpart, and volatile encounters. These creative elements produce a stunning novel that is irresistible and impossible to put down. It is a hair-raising adventure in an eerie story-world filled with unique beings and vampiric creatures that is sure to thrill fans of urban fantasy and science fiction.