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Even Though I Knew the End

by (author) C.L. Polk

Initial publish date
Nov 2022
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
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    Jun 2024
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Winner of the Nebula Award!
Finalist for the Hugo Award!
Finalist for the World Fantasy Award!
A New York Times Best Romance of 2022!
C. L. Polk turns their considerable powers to a fantastical noir with Even Though I Knew the End.
“Eerie, sharp and fiercely bittersweet.” —The New York Times
A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above.
An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother's life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can't resist—the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves.
To succeed, she is given three days to track down the White City Vampire, Chicago's most notorious serial killer. If she fails, only hell and heartbreak await.

About the author

C.L. Polk is the bestselling, World Fantasy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels The Midnight Bargain and Witchmark, which was also nominated for the Nebula, Locus, Aurora, and Lambda Literary Awards. It was named one of the best books of 2018 according to NPR, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Review, BookPage, and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. They live in Alberta, Canada.

C.L. Polk's profile page


  • Short-listed, Nebula Awards - Nominee

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the Nebula Award!
A World Fantasy Award Finalist!
A Locus Award Finalist!
An Ignyte Award Finalist!
A New York Times Best Romance!
An NPR Best Speculative Fiction Book!
“Eerie, sharp and fiercely bittersweet.” —The New York Times
“Noir and fantasy often seem to go together, but those two elements seldom uplift each other quite as well as they do in Even Though I Knew the End” —The Washington Post
“Bracing as a slug of bourbon, with a twist of pain on the drop—or is that hope? Polk’s back with a cold-eyed winner.” —Max Gladstone, New York Times bestselling co-author of This is How You Lose the Time War
“Stylish supernatural noir with a heart and a thrumming pulse. I devoured it.” —Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author
“This is a must-read for those who like their queer fantasy with a little grit and a lot of soul (pun intended).” —Booklist, starred review
Even Though I Knew the End rockets along from the very first page, with the details of author C.L. Polk’s alternate Chicago revealing themselves exactly when required.” —BookPage, starred review
“Powerful, emotional, stylish and smart, Polk proves themself yet again to be a talent not to be ignored.” —Locus
Even Though I Knew the End is Polk at the height of their considerable powers: romance, enchantment, tragedy, and courage to the bitter end.” —Elizabeth Bear
“Readers who fell into recent Jazz Age urban fantasies...will love Polk's latest.” —Library Journal, starred review
“C.L. Polk twists the hardboiled detective subgenre into something new and fresh and enticingly queer. …[Even Though I Knew the End is] a thrilling, charming novella.” —
“Vivid and charming with a touch of noir edge, but way more heart.” —Rebecca Roanhorse
“A layered exploration of love and power with genuine emotional stakes and a soaring, perfectly bittersweet payoff. It’s another winner.” —Publishers Weekly

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