Magic, fate and hope collide in the stunning conclusion of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s acclaimed Menagerie trilogy…
1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre — committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realise that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.
The Reaping has begun.
Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.
But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger — and more dangerous — than she ever could have imagined.
This gripping novel, set in the immediate aftermath of the events of Spectacle, concludes Vincent's Menagerie series in marvelous fashion. In an alternate near-future Maryland, Delilah Marlow, a cryptid endowed with the formidable supernatural powers of the avenging furiae, and newly escaped from government-sanctioned imprisonment of her species, helps to rescue members of her extended cryptid family from a university research facility. Her efforts are complicated by her pregnancy with her child by her fear dearg lover, Gallagher, which is prompting her to acts of bloodshed so out of character that she wonders whether they portend a critical destiny for her. In alternating chapters, Vincent revisits 1986, the year of "the reaping," when a worldwide act of genocide divided humans and cryptids into warring species and laid foundations for the revelations about identity and family that explode in the closing chapters. The book is a fitting finale to an exceptional dark fantasy series, as memorable for its sensitive depiction of a marginalized race as for its surprising plot twists.