“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
e was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
I’d been meaning to read this for years, and I’m so glad I did. The writing is fantastic, so in-depth and really brings the story to life.
Most of the book was set in Prague, and that excited me because not often do you get books set in another country outside of the USA or even Britain for that matter. Some parts were even in Morocco.
Karou was an interesting and humbling character. She wasn’t irritating in the way some heroines in books can be, and she didn’t just sit back and wait for anyone to save her. She fought her own battles. But for her whole life she’s been kept in the dark about who she is and where she comes from, and after a while that would start to grate on your nerves, so when the intriguing Akiva finds his way to Karou by accident, they spark some kind of attraction.
Unfortunately, they’re enemies.
And with the portals that can transport anyone from Brimstone’s workplace to the human world being tagged one by one, something bad is going to happen. The angels are planning a war.
Over the coming chapters, you get more of an insight into who Akiva really is, and why he’s so interested into Karou. He has a secret. Actually he has several, but only one really makes a difference and finally he realises he’ll need to tell her.
I daren’t say anything else because some of it gets really spoilery.
My only comment is that I found some of the flash back/alternate character POV chapters a bit…dull. Not to mean the writing was bad, because really, oh my god, it was not. But because I’d become so attached to Karou’s POV that when it changed for so long, I missed her. In the end, I forced myself to read it. The worst part about it is that this was the last few chapters. I knew I couldn’t give up this close. I found to enjoy it and got used to the change.
That ending. Wow. I just…I can understand why it happened, why that character did what they did, and I can understand the other’s feelings, but dammit. >_<
So I highly HIGHLY recommend you read this, because the romance, the action, the intense thrill of the ride, will keep you on your toes.
This is a telling of angels and demons in a fun, enticing, original way.