Published: September 4, 2012
Blurb: In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.
All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.
From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and “Graveminder,” comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny.
I need to star this off by stating that I tried to take my time with this audiobook. I want James Marsters to read to me all the time! *swoons*
Melissa Marr does a great job with the world building. The City seems like a shady place to live, even if you’re a daimon. I also loved that the daimons can shift their features. I was wondering if there would be any other supernatural beings since we have witches and daimons. There weren’t any though. I was actually happy about that because there’s already a lot of information about the hierarchies of the witches and daimons.
The story is told from multiple point of views. I enjoyed this aspect. We are able to see each characters story, and how they all connect to each other. I think Kaleb is my favorite character. He’s easy to relate to. Although, he’s a tthe bottom of the societal ladder, he tries to remain kind of humble when it comes to his strengths.
Melissa Marr has created a unique world. Nobody is who they seem to be. Everyone has secrets.