Published by Mira on May 30, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Fiction
Buy on Amazon
In this riveting sequel 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.
After the amazingness of Menagerie, I was worried that book two would not match up. Well I was both right and wrong. Right in that it was definitely a book two, with most of the plot used as a build up to the final book. Wrong in that it was more emotionally brutal and nuanced. Spectacle picks up right where Menagerie left off, with the cryptids in charge of the show. But not for very long. They are discovered and sold off to The Savage Spectacle where they are separated and forced into cage matches and “rented” out to the rich and powerful.
Rachel Vincent can craft a plot. She is able to deftly weave multiple story lines together almost seamlessly and make each one impactful. Her writing in Spectacle was able to be both harsh and beautiful and sometimes both at the same time. The pacing was a bit rushed at times, but it still worked. The world was rich and detailed and yet still had some unknowns that carried over from book one. The emotions were super heightened and at times brutal. The characters were all well formed in book one and that continued in Spectacle. The only issue I had was that Delilah seemed less well formed then she was in book one.
Spectacle by Rachel Vincent was a very solid entry in her catalog. It followed Menagerie well and led the story into book three. There were still plenty of unanswered questions that I can only hope will be fully answered in the final book of the trilogy. I’ve always enjoyed Vincent’s book and this was no exception.
Favorite lines – Civilization isn’t about what you know. It’s about how you behave. How much respect and dignity you give to those around you.