When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.
But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.
Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.
I jumped back and forth from 3 1/2 stars to 4. I finally settled on 4 because of the amazing writing style I know Rachel Vincent is so good at giving the reader.
This book takes place in a alternate world, where there are many different mystical creatures that inhabit the world. The supernatural creatures all known as cryptids have no rights. They are imprisoned, put into private collections, exploited and mistreated.
Not sure about the character Delilah. One minute I like her, and then the next I just want her to go away. Her whole life gets ripped out from under her, as she finds out she isn’t human like she thought she was.
Gallagher is by far my favorite character. It is mainly because he is actually really dark, and he just gave the whole book a great little something extra.
The thing that I really didn’t like about this book was the ending. It was super rushed and lots of things happened that I could have lived without.
But overall it was a good book, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out.