I actually don’t have too much to say about this one because it didn’t really hit for me. I’m not really sure why, because I’ve liked everything else P. Djèlí Clark has written (Ring Shout was the last thing of his I hadn’t yet read). And I mean, I didn’t not like it, but it’s never really a good sign when your reader is liking your world-building and the alternate history aspects of your story more than your actual story, and more than the characters. Honestly . . . I’m realizing as I’m typing this I don’t remember any of their names. Also not a good sign!
And I’m not sure anything should have been done differently, or could have been, to make this hit for me. To sum it up: wrong book, wrong reader.
If you like alternate history horror, or alternate history narratives where POC reclaim their power, this might work better for you than it did for me. The main conceit is that many of the Ku Klux Klan are actual monsters, and our main characters are monster hunters. There’s lots of stuff in here about magic and demons and people with the sight and like, The Birth of a Nation, if you are interested in racist film history. (And actually, I thought that was the most interesting part of the whole thing.)
I’d still recommend trying out his other stuff first before this one.