Review: Fury by Rachel Vincent

(Menagerie #3)
by Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication date: Oct. 30, 2018
Genre: Fantasy

1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.

The Reaping has begun.

Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.

But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.




Wow. Just… wow! This series has had me in knots since I first picked up Menagerie all those months back. Every time I thought it couldn’t get worse for the characters, the author upped the ante. Every time I felt like they’d endured all that they could, they persevered only to have to overcome another obstacle. And every time I thought they’d sacrificed enough, they were asked to sacrifice more.

Throughout the trilogy Delilah went from being your normal human being, to being detained and given to a traveling managerie where she lived in a cage, to being sold into a private collection where the highest bidder gets to be entertained by a cryptid however they choose, to being the bringer of death. There’s a lot more that Delilah goes through but I don’t want to give away spoilers to anyone who hasn’t read this series yet. Just know, that Delilah has been through a lot and has sacrificed so much throughout these books. She deserved so much, but got so little in return.

In this installment, the team is trying to rescue some of their crew from a laboratory that captured them during their escape of the private collection, Spectacle. During that time-frame they notice some eerie similarities between what happened years ago during the surrogate attack (cryptids that posed as human children but simultaneously all “whispered” to their human parents to kill the other children in the household one night) and what is currently happening now. Teachers are poisoning students, bus drivers are crashing their buses, cops opening fire at shopping malls. Something doesn’t feel right and something points to the fact that the surrogates are somehow back and wrecking havoc.

One thing that I really liked about this story is that we got two timelines in the story. We got the present time with Delilah, and the Rebecca’s timeline from 30 years ago when the surrogates first attacked, also known as the Reaping. Rebecca survived that horrific night only because she was at a sleepover. A sleepover that she left early and decided to go home rather than spend the night, only to find the bodies of her older brother and sister, slaughtered in their bedroom. Thinking her parents were the murderers, she escapes the house with her 6yr old sister, only to later find out that the 6 yr old is not her sister, but rather a surrogate. Her sister was swapped out after birth with a surrogate baby who’s goal was to kill humans at a certain time. So, we witness both as Rebecca lives through that horrific event, as well as her trying to figure out what happened to her real baby sister and whether or not she’s even still alive. Getting to read these two timelines and see why the humans are so terrified of cryptids and understanding why Delilah’s world is the way that it is, just brought this whole story together. Lots of questions were answered, and the understanding of what happened during the reaping really added more dimension to the story as a whole.

I really wish I could go into so much about this story. Between Delilah’s character depth, to the story’s progression, to the overall story arc. There’s just so much that happens throughout this series that when it all came to an end, my jaw was on the ground and I had tears in my eyes. All I can say is that Rachel Vincent really knows how to write a story. If you’re looking for a dark fantasy filled with complex characters and a rich story line, then you seriously need to pick up this trilogy!



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2 Thoughts on “Review: Fury by Rachel Vincent

  1. I like when a book can brig out the emotions in me. This sounds so good.

  2. I am glad that you liked this one and I know many love this author. She seems to write UF very well.

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