I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #1
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Published by Recorded Books on September 29, 2015
Length: 10 hours and 57 minutes
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When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.
But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.
WHY did I wait so long to listen to Menagerie?!?!
I love how Vincent took creatures from all kinds of folklore like Greek mythology (centaur, satyrs, sirens, etc), fairy lore from Ireland (changelings), Islamic mythology (ifirt/jinn) and some fantastic mixing of other supernaturals (werewolf, phoenix, chimera). All these non-humans are called cryptids. Which is actually a real term.
Menagerie is about a girl Delilah, who finds out the hard way that she is not a human after an incident where she defends a little girl. The little girl just happens to be a werewolf. In Vincent’s world these creatures are monsters and have no rights. Humans fear them because of the Reaping that happened in the 1980s.
Vincent has out did herself with her extraordinarily world building in Menageries. She took all the legendary mythologies from around the world and set them on their ears. Fans of Anne Bishops The Others series will revel in this series with similar lines drawn between humans and creatures.
Gabra Zackman delivers a stunning performance. In favor of reading the second novel, Spectacle from my Netgalley account I preordered the audio instead. I can’t wait to dig into Delilah’s story for more details, twists and turns. I have my ticket for the next show in the Menagerie series, do you?!
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