|Karou might look like this.|
Brimstone and the others at his shop are chimera. Each of them is an amalgam of many different kinds of animal and human aspects. While in the world of the chimera, Karou never ventures outside of the wishmonger's shop. She remembers a childhood of sleeping in the shop and befriending the chimera inside these confines. But as she grew older, Brimstone insisted that she live in the human world. So, Karou continues her life. She pretends to live with her grandmother so children's services does not take over her life. She avoids questions she can't answer, like where did she come from? and who are her parents? She continues completing Brimstone's errands which, get this, require her to travel far and wide and collect teeth. Yes, I said teeth.
|Brimstone might |
look like this
|Akiva might look like this.|
This is really a book that pulls the reader in to its magic. I'm not generally one for the sappy romantic parts of anything, but the passage in the book that says:
"Love is a luxury."
"No. Love is an element."
An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.
Now, that is beautiful. Just beautiful.
My other favorite line of the book is the one that says: To be continued. Bring it on, Laini Taylor, bring it on.
*Being vanilla ice cream, you obviously realize I didn't draw any of these awesome pictures. I used Google to find them. You can too.