The Tombs
Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 BrooklynNew York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.

The Tombs Details

TitleThe Tombs
Author
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062656445
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Tombs Review

  • Kathy MacMillan
    January 1, 1970
    Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl has been working as a welder in an ironworks factory ever since her mother was locked in the Tombs asylum and she and her father had to flee their respectable middle-class life. The skills Avery has developed in creating perfect metal connections are only appropriate, as she discovers that she has powers that let her see the connections between lives, and help heal other people’s auras. But in New York City in the throes of the Industrial Revolution, such powers are d Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl has been working as a welder in an ironworks factory ever since her mother was locked in the Tombs asylum and she and her father had to flee their respectable middle-class life. The skills Avery has developed in creating perfect metal connections are only appropriate, as she discovers that she has powers that let her see the connections between lives, and help heal other people’s auras. But in New York City in the throes of the Industrial Revolution, such powers are dangerous, and there are plenty of greedy men who want to use Avery’s powers for their own gain – just as they have been using her mother’s. When Avery’s burgeoning powers attract attention from the mysterious men in crow masks who drag people off to the Tombs, she has to go into hiding with her mother’s Romany friends. She hatches a desperate plan to free her mother…only to find that the greedy industrialists are getting ready to unleash an awful plan on New York City, one that threatens the lives of every worker in every plant and factory. And Avery and her friends may be the only ones who can stop it. Filled with intrigue, adventure, romance, and all the cool steampunk flourishes a reader could ask for, Schaumberg’s debut melds history and fantasy to create an absorbing world just beyond the known.I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    I know my status updates don't seem like I enjoyed this book, but I really, really did. It was special. The Tombs is definitely one of the creepiest books I have read in a long time, and the main antagonist was horrifying. The characters were amazing, as was the atmosphere, and I thought all the issues I had were handled delicately. There was even an author note at the back about the usage of the G word.However, I have thoughts about that. I need to marinate on them more and I will share my full I know my status updates don't seem like I enjoyed this book, but I really, really did. It was special. The Tombs is definitely one of the creepiest books I have read in a long time, and the main antagonist was horrifying. The characters were amazing, as was the atmosphere, and I thought all the issues I had were handled delicately. There was even an author note at the back about the usage of the G word.However, I have thoughts about that. I need to marinate on them more and I will share my full review soon.I do definitely recommend this though. This author is a talent to watch.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This historical fantasy takes place in an alternate history New York in 1882. Avery Kohl is a young woman working in one of the many factories. She a welder in an iron works. She and her father are hiding from the Crows who took her mother and imprisoned her in the Tombs which is part prison and part mental asylum. Her father works as a clockmaker/inventor which brings in a steampunk element to the story.Avery is sixteen and starting to have the sort of visions that led to her mother's imprisonm This historical fantasy takes place in an alternate history New York in 1882. Avery Kohl is a young woman working in one of the many factories. She a welder in an iron works. She and her father are hiding from the Crows who took her mother and imprisoned her in the Tombs which is part prison and part mental asylum. Her father works as a clockmaker/inventor which brings in a steampunk element to the story.Avery is sixteen and starting to have the sort of visions that led to her mother's imprisonment. She's afraid that she is going mad. She's determined to get into the Tombs to see her mother and ask her questions. After she sees the conditions under which her mother exists and attracts the attention of the mad scientist who is experimenting on her, she becomes determined to find a way to free her mother.Meanwhile, her own paranormal ability explodes and she needs to go to the Gypsies for training in using or hiding her powers. There she finds out that a boy named Indigo that she met years ago has been taken by the Crows too. She recruits her best friend Khan - a young black man who her father rescued during the Civil War - to help her. This story is packed with history from the problem with race relations, the problem with organizing labor unions, and the role of women. It takes place in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge which is just being built and is a marvel of its age. It takes place in the grimy and gritty factories where children can be beaten by their supervisors. It adds in magic in Avery's power as an aura seer and a mad scientist who is making a formula to make laborers docile and obedient using the blood of seers. This is filled with action as Avery and her friends try to free her mother and elude the Crows sent by the scientist to capture her. Once captured, the conditions in the Tombs are horrible but Avery manages to make friends and design a plan to escape.The main plot point which is freeing her mother is accomplished but there are a number of dangling threads left for a sequel. I thought the story began slowly but, once I got the rhythm, it gained momentum and became a fast paced adventure.
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  • Ari Tinius
    January 1, 1970
    I have several things to say about this book, and I’m gonna be all over the place excuse me lol:- Something about the writing set me off with this book?? I’m not sure what exactly it was, but it was just weird. Didn’t make it bad. Just like “oof”. - Golly I swear to god there is gonna be like a sequel???? Because that ending was so open ended??? And kinda rushed???? And not like “they lived happily ever after” more so “the bad guy is still out there and like undefeated”. Now below I’m gonna have I have several things to say about this book, and I’m gonna be all over the place excuse me lol:- Something about the writing set me off with this book?? I’m not sure what exactly it was, but it was just weird. Didn’t make it bad. Just like “oof”. - Golly I swear to god there is gonna be like a sequel???? Because that ending was so open ended??? And kinda rushed???? And not like “they lived happily ever after” more so “the bad guy is still out there and like undefeated”. Now below I’m gonna have some points w spoiler so if u don’t like that avoid the this one:- okay what was the deal w Indigo???? And Khan????? There is now a makeshift love triangle and honestly I didn’t sign up for this. To be fair I do kinda ship Indigo and Avery, but like ??? He was rushed and it was just “Love at first sight” type shit which is like wtf honestly. Hopefully if there is a sequel and that gets cleared up.- I love how Avery’s dad isn’t just a deadbeat and is actually productive to the story it was greatOverall, the book was really good. I liked the action and the characters were unique and interesting. Oof.
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  • Georgette
    January 1, 1970
    I am torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. I went with 4, but parts of this really bugged me .. I felt our heroine, for someone so determined to find out what happened to get her mom put into solitary confinement in The Tombs, was very flighty and indecisive in her plans to execute an escape. There's also the matter of character disappearing that are major parts of the plot. Two viable love interests that turn out to be kernels of temptation. The sacrifice of the purest of the characters, which really d I am torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. I went with 4, but parts of this really bugged me .. I felt our heroine, for someone so determined to find out what happened to get her mom put into solitary confinement in The Tombs, was very flighty and indecisive in her plans to execute an escape. There's also the matter of character disappearing that are major parts of the plot. Two viable love interests that turn out to be kernels of temptation. The sacrifice of the purest of the characters, which really did not help my vibe toward the book. The ending leaves some things open; perhaps the author is planning a second book. If not, count that as another thing that rankled. I DO love that cover!
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  • Derek Milman
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewing an ARC of The Tombs--I thought the novel was a smart, beautiful melding of urban fantasy and historical fiction. I adored the characters, and the smoky world of Five Points and Tammany Hall era NYC, particularly the depiction of city as it existed in the late 19th century through the eyes of a young girl with a lot of loss behind her, a lot of mystery in her midst, and a lot at stake.
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  • Wootyboots
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! The setting and time period were beautifully interlaced with the plot, the characters are to die for, and the mystical feeling is outstanding. A wonderful read for anyone who loves fantasy and/or history. I read an ARC of the book and I can't wait to see it out on the shelves!An absolutely amazing and magical story :)
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  • Shea
    January 1, 1970
    I am all-in for anything set in 1882 Brooklyn! And Deborah did an incredible job with setting and atmosphere, fully rooting us in this world!!! I found myself rooting for Avery--I loved her! And the tombs.... so creepy! This story is filled with adventure and high-stakes!
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  • Maya
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amazing! The cover is great, the book is great, the plot is great! Definitely recommend. There are a few funny moments several scary and lots of excitement. By the way I got an ARC copy.
  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say I am a little disappointed. This book is amazing in the beginning and I love the setting, but it dragged towards the ending. I think it would have been better with less pages to make it more compact and interesting. Nevertheless, a pretty solid read around Halloween.Review to come.This book has a creepy atmosphere that was really well crafted. The author knows how to write a setting and it was one of the aspects I loved the most. There is always something mysterious about Asylums, I have to say I am a little disappointed. This book is amazing in the beginning and I love the setting, but it dragged towards the ending. I think it would have been better with less pages to make it more compact and interesting. Nevertheless, a pretty solid read around Halloween.Review to come.This book has a creepy atmosphere that was really well crafted. The author knows how to write a setting and it was one of the aspects I loved the most. There is always something mysterious about Asylums, especially now that Avery is not allowed to visit her mother.Avery shares the power of her mother and it is a dangerous one, so she has to keep her head down. The only thing in life that gives her joy now are her falcon and best friend Khan. I adored their friendship and Avery was a solid character.
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg is yet again another absolutely brilliant debut novel. Avery's story is a captivating one that grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. Dashing through the streets of 1800s New York with Avery was a fantastic experience I enjoyed having. Avery Kohl works in a ironworks factory and tries to keep her inventor fathe Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg is yet again another absolutely brilliant debut novel. Avery's story is a captivating one that grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. Dashing through the streets of 1800s New York with Avery was a fantastic experience I enjoyed having. Avery Kohl works in a ironworks factory and tries to keep her inventor father out of trouble. Their relatively normal life was upended a few years back when her mom was branded a witch because of her abilities that seemed to do strange things, Avery's mom was taken by the fearsome Crows (Guards with Crow masks) to The Tombs. The deadliest prison in New York where the worst of the worst goes. Avery and her father have spent the past few years laying low in the slums but it all changes once again when her powers (just like her moms but no less confusing) emerged in a situation that threatened to expose her. Wanting answers, Avery visited her mother in the Tombs despite her father having warned her of the danger. She finds out that her mother wasn't insane as she was accused and wrongful experiments have been conducted on her. It was all the work of a scary evil doctor,Dr. Ignatius Spector who has been kidnapping people with his Crows under the guise of 'helping' them to deal with mental illness. He tries to capture Avery but she luckily escapes due to the help of her ex-slave best friend Khan who she has been having feelings for. Avery follows the only link her mother could give her, the Gypsies. She seeks after the Gypsies though her father forbade her from seeing them due to a reason he's not sharing. The Gypsies teach Avery more about her powers and what she is and what she can do. Eventually forced to leave her life behind and go into hiding with the Gypsies, Avery begins to realise the problems before her is more vast than it seems and the very fate of the whole of New York may depend on her success. Determined to rescue her mother and a boy she once liked from the Tombs, Avery delves into her power and discovers she has a lot of fight in her. The moments before the ending were action filled and a total whirlwind of awesome events. I loved how it ended with a vision of hope but still leaving me with thirst for what's next. The Tombs has everything engrossing characters, quality writing, vast character development, creepy horror, action, romance and impressive powers. Deborah Schaumberg had made me a fan of her work with this interesting book, YA readers will have a blast devouring it. P.S: I'm still not sure if I'm team Khan or team Indigo.
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  • Rebecca Honeycutt
    January 1, 1970
    Unrated, reviewing for SLJ
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