Very much enjoyed this story. Though it was slow to start, it was engaging with just enough mystery.
The main character, Karou, is delightful and whimsical and just a little bit mad. Raised by Chimera, she has always felt something missing, as if she was living the wrong life. She struggles to keep friends and make connections, so finds solace in her art and the strange creatures who raised her.
On a errand to Morocco for the enigmatic Brimstone, she runs into Akiva, the burning, winged seraphim who tries to kill her.
The story ends with the mysteries still unsolved; who is Karou, who is Akiva, why does Brimstone collect teeth?
My only quibble is that the book is very short, and reads more like a half a book than a complete story. But it’s definitely interesting enough that I will wait excitedly for book 2.
*Edit: It turns out that my ebook was a free preview. No wonder it felt short and nothing was resolved! I will buy the whole thing and do another review when I’ve finished.