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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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 could write a novella about how much I loved this book. Instead, let me keep it simple.
The world Taylor creates is enthralling and the characters well developed, unique and relateable. There wasn’t a single moment when I found myself thinking ‘Ugh, I know where this is going’. There wasn’t a single moment that I wanted to kill Karou or at least bash her over the head with a blunt object until she saw reason (unlike MOST PR/UF characters these days).
I loved the use of wishes, loved the non-traditional take on angels and demons as well as the dynamic between Karou and Akiva.
So original. So imaginative. So…GAH!