A girl’s love for her raven may put her life in jeopardy in this “tightly woven and carefully constructed fantasy” (Kirkus Reviews).
In Keara’s world, every child has a darkbeast—a creature that takes dark emotions like anger, pride, and rebellion. Keara’s darkbeast is Caw, a raven, and Keara can be free of her worst feelings by transferring them to Caw. He is her constant companion, and they are magically bound to each other until Keara’s twelfth birthday. For on that day Keara must kill her darkbeast—that is the law. Refusing to kill a darkbeast is an offense to the gods, and such heresy is harshly punished by the feared Inquisitors.
But Keara cannot imagine life without Caw. And she finds herself drawn to the Travelers, actors who tour the country performing revels. Keara is fascinated by their hints of a grand life beyond her tiny village. As her birthday approaches, Keara readies herself to leave childhood—and Caw—behind forever. But when the time comes for the sacrifice, will she be able to kill the creature that is so close to her? And if she cannot, where will she turn, and how can she escape the Inquisitors?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - avellana - LibraryThing
I received this book from Early Reviewers. I've always been fan of Mindy Klasky's works and this fulfilled my expectations for a YA novel. It was an easy read with an interesting concept in the dark beasts. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DrLed - LibraryThing
Synopsis: Keara is almost 12 years old. On the day she turns that age she is to kill her dark beast, Caw, and take her place with the adults. The only hang-up is that she loves Caw and can't kill him ... Read full review