Published: September 27, 1022
Goodreads Blurb: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
The narrator did a fabulous job with this book. I could feel the characters’ emotions with each word she spoke.
Karou is the main character in this book. She never knew her parents, or why she was put in Brimstone’s charge The truth is shocking! I did not see that coming.
Akiva is a tortured soul. But something about Karou captures his attention. He doesn’t know what it is exactly, but he wants to be around her only.
There is a twist that I did not see coming. You don’t realize the importance of certain objects until close to the end. Then you begin to understand put pieces of the puzzle together.
The chimera, a race of people that look more animal than human, are odd creatures. Many think they should be feared, but to Karou they are her family. Regardless of what’s said about them, they truly care for Karou. Just like people, they are not all the same.
I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.