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.
This new incarceration sees them split up and at the not so tender mercies of a man who uses them as a way to test his technology and a means to an end. There's a lot of money to be made utilising Crpytids and it's a barbaric and inhumane place Delilah finds herself. Those of Metzger’s Menagerie are not the only captives within and soon the secrets and horrors of this private collection become all too real. This is no crazy scientist in charge, no this is a cold-hearted businessman utilising his assets to earn him accolades and huge financial rewards. This dark place they find themselves in seems never ending, but Delilah and the secret she carries within will not go down without a fight!
I'm so in awe of Ms Vincent's imagination and this sequel was just as amazing as the first book. I'd thought it barbaric the way Delilah was treated originally but this story just amped up the horror. Although we know Delilah is human because of the power she carries, everyone views her the way they do Crpytids and that's a truly abysmal thing. It was so hard reading the way the humans around them viewed these amazing creatures as people without worth or feelings. They are stripped of their dignity, choices are taken away from them, and they are left feeling powerless as they are treated worse than cattle in a truly merciless environment.
I've no wish to spoil this book for others, but there's an amazing range of abilities available to the Crpytids and one of those becomes a huge part of this story which although touched on, isn't completely explored but perhaps the author felt going through that with Delilah would be a step too far. Spectacle is heartbreaking at times and yet, I couldn't put it down. I couldn't see just how things could ever be rectified but fortunately Ms Vincent had a plan and I'm left with my head spinning, questions running away with me, and a huge hankering for more!
So, what is it that makes us human? I think that's the big question this series asks and it's done in such an entertaining way that I defy anyone to read the Menagerie series and not question their values, no not preachy, just fabulous!
This voluntary review is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and my thoughts are my own honest opinion.