Marr showcases her impressive talent by crafting an incredible, fantastical, complex world. This book is worth reading for the amazing fight scenes alone. Immerse yourself in Carnival of Souls, you won’t regret it.

Raised by her witch father to be a fierce fighter and to hate daimons, Mallory knows nothing of her true heritage, as the daimon offspring of The City’s ruler. Aya enters the Competition, even though she is of the ruling class, to avoid breeding. Cur Kaleb, who has befriended Mallory in the human world, is fighting in the Competition to break free of his lowly caste. As the fatal Competition grows more treacherous, and interest in Mallory’s whereabouts increases, their fates become forever entwined. (HARPER, Sep., 320 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780061659287, HC, 13 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Marie Bongiorno