Carnival of Souls

Posted: October 15, 2012 by Arushi in Book Review
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Carnival of Souls

This weekend I needed a small-ish book to read. So I picked up the Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. I had wanted to read  it for a while now because someone had recommended it to me.

I am glad I finally got around to it.

In Hardcover it has 306 pages, but the pace of the books makes them fly by so quickly that before I knew it, I was done, and trying to find out when the next one came out. So far there is no news, but I am sure one will come out, because the book is that good, and Marr is not a debut author, but rather an established one.

Anyways, here is my review:

Carnival of Souls was not quite what I was expecting. Its NOT a linear book with black and white characters where everything is predictable.

It is refreshingly different. Even till the end, I was not thinking of it as a young adult novel. I am still not sure if it is YA, but in the end, the age of the characters cinched it. Still, the book is extremely well done. Marr has a good writing style and she makes things flow really well. It was not just that the plot and the characters that were good, her story telling is also really great.

The world that Marr creates is interesting. Daimons live in The City, where witches are slaves and powerful witches are killed. There is nearly blind hatred even though centuries have passed since the war that banished the Witches from the City and into the human world.

The City is divided strictly by class and the ruling class holds all the power, while the Daimons below them are hard pressed to survive. The lowest of the low do not even have a caste, and there is no movement between classes except through the competition that happens once every generation and where most fights are till death.

The witches for their part hate the daimons. They live in the human world, keeping it as their domain. They have grown in power again and they too have not forgotten the war. Which is understandable as both the species have a life span of a few hundred years.

Enter into this two girls: One is a witch raised by daimons, and the other is a daimon raised by witches. It does not happen exactly like that, but you get the picture. Add in two daimons who are in love with the said two girls and a competition to become one of the ruling nobles of The City, and you have the perfect pot for trouble where everyone is plotting something and they all think that they know best.

Add in the witches, and well, sit back and watch the fireworks. Or in this case, read.

It makes for an excellent first book in a series and I just know that I will be waiting quite impatiently for the next one to come out.

I also really like the cool looking cover. And yeah there are masks in the story so its not just superficial 🙂


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