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 hairactually 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?
Bear with me as I attempt to articulate my love for this book–my mind was BLOWN and now I’m trying to scoop up all the brain matter splattered around the room so that I might form some coherent thoughts.
This was two epic and enduring stories bundled into one. Two stories that flow so fluidly together that it didn’t have me confused or leave me scratching my head. These two worlds were blended flawlessly.
From the very start of this story, I loved Karou’s seemingly carefree attitude and cool demeanor. But do you know what made me love her even more? Learning that the Karou she lets others see is a facade for the real Karou, and that deep down she feels alone and hollow.
Who wouldn’t respond to that on some level?
And the chimaera aspect of this story is executed on a level that blew me away. Not once did I question the credibility of these creatures, because it never even crossed my mind–I had zero reason to doubt that no matter how fantastic the characters may seem, they were real. They are real to me.
And Akiva? The swoons grew stronger the longer I read until I was blown apart by the devotion and passion and soul-wrenching love he possesses.
Laini Taylor has managed to weave two worlds, two stories, two lives together seamlessly with an unrestrained imagination that enhances fantasy in a way that makes the story real for me, no matter how fantastic the plot. I can guarantee you this is one of my favorite reads to date!