As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…
She cannot die.
Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives… and who doesn’t.
To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return, he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.
If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.
I am so happy that I had the opportunity to read about Iris and her journey. Her unique skill of not being able to die is one I rarely read about when a black woman is the MC. She was also just a very resilient character and the lengths she was willing to go to were very inspiring and it really urged me to read on. The characters that aided Iris on her journey were so rich and deep and I am so excited to see what future books hold for them. I am also not a very historical person, but I loved the setting of Victorian London. The way the clothes and the atmosphere was described was so breathtaking and I felt like I was actually there.
The writing was also super good. I loved the way that Raughley went into detail with her characters’ stories and attitudes. Raughley’s unique story and awe-inspiring characters truly wrapped her work into a pretty little box ready to be consumed by YA Historical Fantasy readers.
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Meet the Author
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).
She is represented by The Bradford Literary Agency.
So far, you can also find her on Twitter, where work ethic goes to die.
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