My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“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.”
Karou’s story starts off in Prague, she also visits Marrakesh and Paris running errands for Brimstone. The first quarter of this book was a hard slog for me, I nearly gave up on a few occasions but as I had heard nothing but great reviews I decided to stick it out. It did pick up after that, the build was a bit too much all at once for me which is why I think I felt the hard slog so much. The last quarter of this book was also a hard slog for me. I really struggled to get through the last few chapters, only reading because I’d come this far.
The middle two chapters were some of the best reading I have done in a long time. It flowed well, the characters and story were interesting and it kept my attention throughout. Had I felt like this all the way through then I probably would be rating it higher.
The attention to detail of the settings and characters was fabulous throughout, I couldn’t fault the author for anything. She makes fantasy seem real. Like the line between fantasy and reality is none existent.
I’m undecided as of yet whether I would go on to read the next book in the series.