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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…
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.
Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.
I picked this book up on a whim and I'm glad I did.
The Metzger's Menagerie has come to town and Delilah's boyfriend has tickets for them. There she see's all sorts of hybrid and other animal/human/fae oddities. If is here that Delilah bares witness to a werewolf cub being shocked to perform for the humans. The anger rages thru Delilah, until she isn't herself any more. But something that belongs in the Menagerie. Shuffled away to the police station it is there that the owner of Metzger's, Rudy approaches with a financial offer. He'll take her, she is rare, so rare, he doesn't know what she is. *GASP*
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