Natalie Hatch


Excellent, Young Adult, magic, monster, steampunk, female lead, war, hybrids

Document Type

Book Review


Maika is a seventeen-year-old survivor of a horrible war between human and Arcainics, animal-dark-magic hybrids. Now, humans sell these Arcainics as slaves, experiment on them, and collect Lilium, a precious magical chemical, from their dead and dying bodies. Cumaea are the powerful witch-nuns who do a majority of the killing and harvesting from Arcainics. Maika, one such slave, is trying to figure out her own past, her place in the world, why her mother was killed, where the unknown voice inside her is coming from, and what she’s supposed to do about all of it. She finds friends in a cat and a young Arcainic female fox, who help her survive and realize that in unconscious moments she devours others.