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.” Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, 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.
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.
Loved it, couldn't put it down. Can't wait until the next one comes out!
Serious white knuckle reading at its best
Talk about devastating, after being free for a short time the cryptids find themselves captive once again and even though it might seem the care and circumstances are more humane, when they scratch the surface of their confinement its much worse.
Not for the faint of heart reader.
Talk about out of the frying pan and right into the fire! You thought things where bad in the Menagerie, Delilah's and her fellow cryptids' situation just went from bad to way worse. Oh, the perceived civility is all there but where is PETA when you need them, because pets have more rights then they do. Disturbing and appalling yet utterly riveting, Spectacle is not for the light hearted. Don't get me wrong the situation are mostly implied and not described but nothing is light in Vincent's telling. Serious white knuckle reading at its best, with lots of heart wrenching moments in between. I can't wait to see where Vincent takes us next.
I received this ARC copy of Spectracle from Harlequin (US & Canada) - MIRA. This is my honest and voluntary review.