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No Downloads. When the seraphim, including Akiva, are looking for the Caprine, Sarazal wakes up to see Rath and screams. Akiva pretends that it was just a bird and leads the other seraphim away. Zuzana and Mik decode the "puzzle" of Karou's e-mail and find where the chimaera are hiding. She is forced to tell them about her life as Madrigal and her job as a resurrectionist. This thrills Zuzana, who demands to help.
Karou refuses to let her and says that they need to get out as soon as possible. While they are told to leave, they amuse the chimaera and enjoy it in their presence. Thiago sends out an army including Ziri, Madrigal's "little Kirin shadow", to what he says is the Hintermost to help other chimaera, but in reality is an attack mission. This came from Liraz, who still stood at a distance, grave and fierce.
We didnt expect you back, said Hazael. The last time we saw you, you were. If he was vague, Liraz was blunt. Wheres the girl? Akiva hadnt said it out loud yet. Telling them would make it real, and the word caught in his throat, but he forced it out. Dead, he said. Shes dead. Hello hello hello hello hello hello. Damn, now Ive gone and done it. Ive made hello go all abstract and weird. It looks like an alien rune now, something an astronaut would find engraved on a moon rock and go, A.
I must bring this back to Earth as a gift for my deaf son! And which would then of coursehatch flying space piranhas and wipe out humanity in less than three days, SOMEHOW sparing the astronaut just so he could be in. Its totally back to normal now. No more alien doom. Astronaut, I just kept you from destroying Earth.
Lesson: Do not bring presents back from strange places. Forget that. Also: Write back to signify your continuing aliveness or I will give you the hurts. There was one place besides Loramendi, Akiva told Hazael and Liraz, that he had thought Karou might go.
He hadnt really expected to find her there; he had convinced himself by then that she had fled back through the portal to her lifeart and friends and cafes with coffin tablesand left this devastated world behind.
Well, he had almost convinced himself, but something pulled him north. I think I would always find you, he had told her just days ago, minutes before they snapped the wishbone. No matter how you were hidden. But he hadnt meant. Not like this. In the Adelphas Mountains, the icerimed peaks that had for centuries served as bastion between the Empire and the free holdings, lay the Kirin caves. It was there that the child Madrigal had lived, and there. The sheaf of elemental skins shed gripped in her small fist had fallen at the threshold and been swept inside by the wind.
They would have been turned by time from silk to paper, translucent to blue, and then finally to dust, but other elemental skins littered the floors when Akiva entered.
No flash and flitter of the creatures them selves, though, or of any other living thing. He had been to the caves once before, and although it had been years and his recollections were dominated by grief, they seemed to him unchanged. A network of sculpted rooms and paths extending deep into the rock, all smooth and curving, they were half nature, half art, with clever channels carved throughout that acted as wind flutes, filling even the deepest chambers with ethereal music.
Lonely relics of the Kirin remained: woven rugs, cloaks on hooks, chairs still lying where theyd scattered in the chaos of the tribes last moments. On a table, in plain sight, he found the vessel. It was lanternlike, of dark hammered silver, and he knew what it was. Hed seen enough of them in the war: chimaera soldiers carried them on long, curved staffs. Madrigal had been holding one when he first set eyes on her on the battlefield at Bullfinch, though he hadnt understood then what it was, or what she was doing with it.
Or that it was the enemys great secret and the key to their undoing. It was a thuriblea vessel for the capture of souls of the dead, to preserve them for resurrectionand it didnt look to. There was dust under it but none on it.
Someone had placed it there recently; who, Akiva couldnt guess, nor why. Its existence was a mystery in every aspect but one. Affixed to it with a twist of silver wire was a small square of paper on which was written a word.
It was a chimaera word, and under the circumstances the cruelest taunt Akiva could fathom, because it meant hope, and it was the end of his, since it was also a name.
It was Karou. Youre dead, arent you? This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the authors imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental. In accordance with the U. Copyright Act of , the scanning, uploading, and electronic sharing of any part of this book without the permission of the publisher is unlawful piracy and theft of the authors intellectual property.
If you would like to use material from the book other than for review purposes , prior written permission must be obtained by contacting the publisher at permissions hbgusa. They way Thiago turned the case on his side was mind blowing and so smart. Also the scene with Karou and Akiva and Thiago in the same room and the scene after that was awesome. I don't even know how the author came with that idea. It was brilliant and wise! What I can't get are the thoughts of Karou toward Akiva.
Yes I know her family had died because of the angels but he was not the one to blame. Not alone. And yes he had broken the promise but he thought she was dead,and she would have done the same if she was in his shoes! Also one of the hardest moments was when Hazael died. He was my favorite character.
Such a cool person! And I would love if the author would write more about Mik and Zuzanna. Maybe a whole book just for them. The perfectly fit together and the coversations between them are so funny with dirty jokes and all that stuff.
The ending was hilarious and unexpected. The epilogue was beyond perfect and there was also a cliff. This book follows the story of the first one.
Now Karou left with only with rage decides to worth with her kind to help them fight the angels. In the other side Akiva looks for her everywhere and he doubts she may be dead. So the both sides prepare for the war,angels with the their king,and the chimaera with the white wolf. Karou is at her home now doing her job but is she really fighting the right enemy?
In this book you can see a different side of Karou,a darker one. After what happened in the book,she has lost her ability to love. But behind her emotionless self she is still the girl who cared and loved. We can also see a different side of Akiva in this one. He is still the tough,smart angel and you could feel this need of lost love and its pain. Because there are a lot of emotion moments including Akiva we could spot some of his other qualities.
I highly recommend this book to all the readers. Read the first one first. And I'm looking forward to read the last one. I heard it is even better! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world. Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption.
For hope. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I'm a little bit confused at e end other first book and with this summary, how did Akiva betrayed her?.
And was it before or after they started liking each other? Please and thank you for answering and helping mynlittle delema. Esha This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Akiva told the seraphim of resurrection and of the revenants and destroyed Brimstone and his shop and indirectly, the other chimaera too.
Karou let hi …more Akiva told the seraphim of resurrection and of the revenants and destroyed Brimstone and his shop and indirectly, the other chimaera too. Karou let him escape in her previous life sort of and in his mourning and rage at chimaera, to end the war he betrayed the secrets of the chimaera.
He did this after Madrigal Karou's previous life died. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [So, if they have to wander through the bodies to collect souls, why don't they collect their teeth from the battlefield? Cameron Pokrifcak I think they COULD; however, if they lost a battle you want to be in and out as quick as possible to get the souls and extracting teeth would most lik …more I think they COULD; however, if they lost a battle you want to be in and out as quick as possible to get the souls and extracting teeth would most likely take too much time.
As for when they win, I am not sure. All I can think of is that nobody but Brimstone and his trusted circle know about how resurrection works. They don't know that teeth are a vital part of it. It is mentioned throughout the series that Brimstone created the revenant magic himself and it brings about a great deal of pain since pain is needed for magic. Because of that, he does not share the knowledge of revenant magic or its secrets with others because he does not wish to burden anyone else with that pain.
As a result, the chimera would have no way of knowing that teeth are needed and would not have any reason to extract them when all they know is that the soul is needed to be extracted.
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Can't wait to read the second and glad you recommend it as well! Okay, I didn't read this review in its entirety, because of your passion at the beginning for it. Instead, I checked out the first book and blew through it we just closed on a house a week ago and I seriously still made time to read this book!
Thank you for recommending it and now the second book is on order from the library! I thought for sure that the names were going to throw me off, but the characters were so well defined that it never became a problem.
Thanks again! I like to spread the word when I come across a book that excites me. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared. The ending is absolutely incredible - with a twist that completely catches you by surprise, leaving you dying to find out what happens next.