The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion

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 sh...

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Number of Pages:112 pages

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion Reviews

  • Lucille

    I was going to rate this 4 enthusiastic stars and realised that I actually see no reason to not give this 5 stars so: 5 stars!

    Edit 10/05/17 : Just found out this is going to be a series and I'm HAPPY!! *currently working on my review but this is an August release so I won't post it this month ><*

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    I started reading this novella without having read the description first (as I often do…), mostly because it was super short and I was th

    I was going to rate this 4 enthusiastic stars and realised that I actually see no reason to not give this 5 stars so: 5 stars!

    Edit 10/05/17 : Just found out this is going to be a series and I'm HAPPY!! *currently working on my review but this is an August release so I won't post it this month ><*

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    Review originally posted on

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    I started reading this novella without having read the description first (as I often do…), mostly because it was super short and I was thinking “Well, it’s from Tor Publishing, this can only be good” so you know…

    Now I have read the description and what else can I say? Because frankly if the description alone doesn’t make you want to read this I don’t know what else I can do or say. I’ll try anyway because it was too good and I’d feel bad if someone was to miss on this super cool novella.

    The main character is a middle aged woman and I LOVED that! She has lived and known pain, and has some very deep and very funny thoughts. She lives her life and we find her here in search of answers regarding a close friend who commited suicide (TW for this, if you hadn’t seen on the description of the novella.)

    There is an instance where she has a panic attack and the way it was written was amazing. It was anxiety-inducing but at the same time so well written, so real, that I had to read the passage several times.

    Denise is also a fighter, she is used to live on the road and loves that, but she also is aware of the dangers it entails. The events of this novella will show how she is more than ready to act when there is need to.

    Right from the beginning, the first person Denise encounters asks her what pronoun she uses before making assumptions and I loved that. I love how books and social-media are teaching us how to be more inclusive and that this is a totally normal thing to say to someone.

    This book is full of awesome elements. There are zombies animals eating people who are bad, a demon deer gone rogue, creepy vibes, a diverse cast of characters, a deep sense of community, a lovely and real w/w relationship with no strings attached, questions about doing the right things… There is a bit of a

    vibe to it, if

    was not so problematic 😉

    This novella also made me think a lot, it has ways of thinking not often found in literature or SFF, or at least I hadn’t encountered them yet. Just to give you an idea of what’s going on, here is the author’s bio from goodreads :

    felt like an origin story. When I finished reading this novella, I felt READY to read some more with those characters and the premise of all of this. I was ready to be all “uhhhh I wish this was a series!!!” all over twitter, but then I found

    where it is said that it is “The first in a new series” so : I’m happy!

  • Leah Rachel

    One of the newest Tor.com novellas is The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy, the first in a series, coming out August 15. Danielle Cain, a wanderer at heart (ha), arrives at the communal town that her friend had been so happy in—until he killed himself a few weeks earlier. She’s seeking answers, but she’ll find many more questions there than she’d like: starting with the blood-red, three-antlered, carnivorous deer she sees on her first day in town.

    Killjoy paints a creepy world. I

    One of the newest Tor.com novellas is The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy, the first in a series, coming out August 15. Danielle Cain, a wanderer at heart (ha), arrives at the communal town that her friend had been so happy in—until he killed himself a few weeks earlier. She’s seeking answers, but she’ll find many more questions there than she’d like: starting with the blood-red, three-antlered, carnivorous deer she sees on her first day in town.

    Killjoy paints a creepy world. It was enjoyable, inventive, and creepy, and proves once again how excellent the novella series being putting out by Tor.com is, and how innovative its support of the fantasy and sci fi novella. The mythic, occult world of the novel is visual, and the relatively diverse cast of characters is well thought-out, a community of people who wanted to forge a new kind of life and are now faced with a big problem that will raise questions of justice, righteousness, and what it means to do the right thing. It was entertaining, and went along quickly. The main character forges friendships and has a f/f crush all while confronting what’s happening in this town—the way her mind works is convincing and vulnerable. Zombies, myth and magic, and regular-old-worldly-problems mix in Freedom, Iowa. I enjoyed this novella, and while it didn’t blow me away because of a couple little explanatory writing tidbits that got on my nerves, it’s definitely an excellent fantasy to pick up, and I highly recommend it. I got this novella in exchange for an honest review from Tor.com. Check it out August 15!

  • K.J. Charles

    I wolfed this down. It's a lovely and unusual read: a queer traveller comes to an off grid type settlement of anarchists and dropouts which has been set up as a utopia to discover why her friend left it and killed himself. Part of the reason might be the giant murderous demon stag he helped summon. Oops.

    This is on one level a tense horror novel, where forces of the State and society and male violence are as much a sinister and pervasive threat as the heart-eating magic deer. But, as that suggest

    I wolfed this down. It's a lovely and unusual read: a queer traveller comes to an off grid type settlement of anarchists and dropouts which has been set up as a utopia to discover why her friend left it and killed himself. Part of the reason might be the giant murderous demon stag he helped summon. Oops.

    This is on one level a tense horror novel, where forces of the State and society and male violence are as much a sinister and pervasive threat as the heart-eating magic deer. But, as that suggests, it's also a meditation on things like society, what anarchism means, how societies enforce rules and what it means to do so and who takes enforcement roles on themselves. How do we keep ourselves decent without a prospect of punishment for those who transgress? Who makes those calls?

    Danielle has a terrific snarky narrative voice, without the smugness that often brings--she uses dark humour to hold herself together after a rough, rough life. I loved her and her band of new friends (it's an effortlessly diverse story with queer and trans and POC characters at front and centre) and I'm very excited this is the first in a series. More please!

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