Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Welcome to The City in the realm of the daimons. At the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls where both murder and pleasure are for sale. The Carnival is also the site of a deadly competition where, once each generation, daimons can fight to the death for a chance to join the ruling class. Melissa Marr’s new book, Carnival of Souls, will draw you into a dark, violent world where daimons and witches are mortal enemies and the main characters are swept up in a deadly struggle for power.
Aya and Kaleb both enter the contest for different reasons. Aya is a young woman who is fighting to break free of the ruling-class conventions that dictate she marry and breed, only to find herself pitted against her former fiancé in her next death match. Kaleb is a cur, one step up from the lowest class of daimons. He hopes to improve his lot in life and gain security for his pack members. The third primary character is Mallory, stepdaughter of a powerful witch, who lives in the human world. Her father raises her to hate daimons and trains her to fight them. She has spent her life on the run, moving frequently and hiding because her father once stole something important from the leader of the daimons.
At the core of the story is the long-standing hatred and conflict between witches and daimons. Through Aya, Kaleb, and Mallory the reader gets to see both sides of the brutal struggle. Marr’s description of The City is a fantastic piece of world building that will draw readers into a colorful and exciting setting. Carnival of Souls is a refreshingly new take on the supernatural. It is a fun, fast-paced, event-packed book with lots of twists and turns. Sit back and let Melissa Marr sweep you away into a world where anything is for sale, life is cheap, and violence is a way of life. Once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down!