In this intense sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011), the war between chimaera and seraphim is in full force. Having realized her destiny, Karou is now living it; feeling alone, abandoned, and betrayed. She has led the charismatic chimaera leader Thiago to a refuge in the Atlas Mountains and provided him with a band of warriors. On Eretz, Akiva is driven by hatred of the general slaughter and plots an attempt on the emperor's life. Meanwhile, on Earth, street-performers Zuzana and Mik turn up, having tracked Karou to North Africa. Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world and her dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are as strong as ever!