From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…
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.
As I have said before, I am a fan of Rachel Vincent's. I own every book in the Shifter series. It is still my favorite series. Although this might be a unfair statement to say as I have not really read any of Ms. Vincent's other series. Not to say that I have not attempted to try the other series. I just could not find another connection to characters like in the Shifter series. However I just might have found that connection again with this trilogy.
I like the dark and provocative fantasy elements of this trilogy. Delilah Marlow is a strong female heroine. She keeps the story grounded with human attributes as well. Then there is Gallagher. The strong, dark, male pretense. He is Delilah's dark knight. The first half of the story while it did not showcase many of the menagerie's residents' skills, it was still magical to get to know the characters. The second half of the story is where the story really picked up the pace. I can't wait to read the next book in this trilogy.