In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…
When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of 'exotic wildlife'. Specialising in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari–style creature hunts and living party favours, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted – for the right price.
But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.
'Well–paced, readable and imaginative.' – New York Times Book Review on Menagerie
Vincent's second Delilah Marlow urban fantasy (after Menagerie) is a bravura example of fantasy series-building. Delilah and her diverse cohort of cryptids semihuman creatures of myth and legend who have been marginalized as objects of scientific study have rid themselves of exploitative menagerie master Rudolph Metzger. They're traveling incognito as a carnival when they are seized outside of Tucson, Ariz., by Willem Vandekamp, a cruel cryptobiologist who has perfected technology that suppresses cryptid defenses. Forced into Vandekamp's Savage Spectacle, where they must cater to the perverse desires of his wealthy clients, Delilah and her confederates use their unique talents to escape which, in Delilah's case, means channeling her burgeoning powers as a furiae, a merciless corrector of injustices. As in Delilah's first adventure, Vincent treats the plight of the cryptids with great sensitivity, providing them with complex personalities that make them seem more human than their persecutors. A late-breaking complication involving Delilah and her fear dearg protector, Gallagher, guarantees that fans of the series will eagerly anticipate its next chapter.