Book Review Date: October 9th, 2019
Written By: Laini Taylor
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 grown 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?
I did not intend to read the second book immediately after I read this one, but I couldn’t stop myself. I had to immediately go on. This was one of those books that I had actually avoided for a really long time because those covers just screamed to me that I was going to hate it. And I was wary that this was going to be way too romance heavy for my tastes. But then I read Strange the Dreamer. And I loved it. And I suddenly trusted that Laini Taylor was not going to lead me astray with these books. So far, I am not wrong. I really really liked this book. I love the world-building. It was so grounded and natural feeling, which is important. And the mystery surrounding the handprints and the love interest was fantastic. The characters were all really well done and interesting, so you get invested pretty quickly and that doesn’t go away. I have one more book to read before I finish this series, and I can’t wait! I have this feeling it’s going to be an unexpected but also satisfying conclusion, just based off the first two books and how well written the story has been so far!
Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.
- Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
- Hope makes its own magic.
- We dreamed together of the world remade.
- …perhaps not so remarkable, that the worst moment of someone’s life could be seared into the memory, brighter than any joy.