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 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?
I enjoyed this book, but I have to say, I am not a fan of the cover. I get it and all, I just don’t like it and it kept me away from the book for a while. Once I got around that, and actually opened the book, I really enjoyed the read. The author’s writing style is unique but flows really well and is really easy to read while still being stimulating and rich.
I like the main character, Karou, and being on the road to discovery with her. She’s got a great sense of humor, and we can see how fragile she is even if she can literally kick peoples asses. Enter Akiva, the hot angel she falls for! And even though the romance takes place over about a week, and Karou has decided she’s in love with him. I believe it, and I don’t resent the pace. The way they match makes you route for them. And then you figure out its because they have actually been in love for 18 plus years already!
The fact that Karou is Madrigal – the chimera who saved Akiva in a war and they fell in love to be punished by the chimera people – but is also still Karou, is really interesting. I have to say though, I was not a huge fan of all the time we spend with Madrigal and the flashbacks towards the end of the book. I understand that they were necessary, but Karou was the character we had gotten to know, and I didn’t like that she disappeared for a while. Because even though she and Madrigal are technically the same person, they also aren’t.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. I understand that Karou is confused, and overwhelmed, and probably needs some space. But the degree she freaks out when Akiva tells her how he went on a rampage after he watched her executed in front of him I think is a bit much. Again though, I understand it, I just don’t like it. I mean, what did she expect? I’m pretty sure my husband would go on a rampage if someone did that to me too. And Akiva is truly sorry for what he has done and is trying everything to get back to the message he and Madrigal dreamed about, and making their two peoples live in peace.
I will continue the series in hopes of the relationship getting better, for more Karou, and the writing.