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Urban Fantasy Review: Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Spectacle by Rachel Vincent (Menagerie #2)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, 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.



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 8/10

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 I personally think that Menagerie was a stronger, more coherent read. Spectacle delivers a powerful emotional impact, but the continuity of the plot was compromised and the ending - definitely rushed.

After the coup Delilah finds herself in charge of the menagerie, however the freedom is short-termed, and the cryptids are captured to find themselves in even worse situation than before. The Savage Spectacle exists for the private amusement of the rich, and they live or die by their regard.

Rachel Vincent is amazing at describing emotional turmoil, and both Delilah and Gallagher, and of course their friends feel that and more. You can not escape the parallels with the black slavery when you read how the cryptids are treated by human kind. You feel sick to your stomach and you are rooting for them to escape, to punish their slavers to get retribution. Which s also pretty savage when you get to it.

The part that confused and upset me is the amnesia trope. I am npt a fan at the best of times, and i didn't feel it was justified in this case. Instead we conveniently skipped two months and rolled from when things were just heating up to the grandiose ending.

Lower rating just for that. Otherwise, it was a superb read as usual. Recommended.

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Я лично думаю, что первая книга была более сильной и собранной. Спектакль наносит мощный эмоциональный удар, но линейность сюжета была нарушена, и с концовкой очень автор поторопилась.

После мятежа Делайла обнаруживает себя управляющей цирком, однако долго наслаждаться свободой криптидам не приходится, и они вновь захвачены, оказываясь еще в худшем положении. Дикий Спектакль существует для удовольствия элит, и его исполнители живут и умирают по прихотям богатых извращенцев.

Рэйчел Винсент прекрасно удается описывать душевные мучения, и не провести параллели между этой книгой и черным рабством невозможно. Читая о том, что происходит с Делайлой, Галлахером и их друзьями, я чувствовала как подкатывала тошнота и вместе с ними желала, чтобы они вырвались на свободу и добились правосудия. Которое, кстати, будет таким же диким как и само название книги.

Мое единственное недовольство - это использование приема с амнезией. Я - не фанат в общем, и здесь она была совсем ненужна по сюжету. Вместо этого с середины книги когда вещи стали набирать темп мы перепрыгнули на 2 месяца вперед и быстренько покатились к концовке.

Только из-за этого оценка занижена. А в остальном, рекомендую. Превосходная серия!
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