Published on September 27, 2011 by Little Brown & Company.
Audiobook given by Hatchette Audio.
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 need to start off by saying that it took me a while to really start enjoying this book. The beginning had me a little confused and I was not really sure what was going on. It may be that listening to the audiobook in the car is after all, a little distracting, but, it did not take me long to catch up.
The writing of this book is very poetic and clean. Every scene was described in great detail that the reader actually felt like they were a part of the book.
Karou would be my favorite character, she is very snarky. I also loved Brimstone. I was skepticle about him until the very end. That is when I realized that he actually had a heart.
The love between Karou and Akiva was amazing. Akiva was a strong male lead and went through so much heartache for Karou. I really enjoyed the glimpse into their past.
“Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist.
And a devil knelt over him and smiled.”
The ending was a bit of a shock finding out how it all came together. Every piece of the puzzle fit nicely. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, which is untitled as of this date, due out in September 2012.
She has won an ebook copy of Raie’Chaelia.