A manuscript illuminated with fantastical creatures said to have roamed the Garden of Eden, the bestiary has been handed down throughout the centuries by one of the Arab world's most prominent families. Commissioned to restore it is the beautiful young art curator Beth Cox. But it is Beth's husband, Carter - a paleontologist making his own dire discoveries in Los Angeles's famed La Brea Tar Pits - who will be led by the bestiary into a living, breathing menagerie of wonders and horrors.
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Wow. What a great story!
Moderately engaging, but wish there was more to it
I think that the narrator's performance helped make a mediocre story feel more worthwhile.
This is my first experience with this author, and to be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed with this book. The subplots don't do a very good job supporting or complementing the main narrative, one of them feels like it's there to kind of set up the ending, but the other one feels like it doesn't really belong in the novel, because it has little impact on the primary action driving the story. I also felt a little cheated by the ending, in the sense that the "payoff" you expect to get doesn't really feel earned. Another reviewer said that this book is like if you were watchingJurassic Park and waiting to see the dinosaurs and they only show up in the last 15 minutes of the movie. I think that's a pretty fair explanation of why this book just didn't work for me.
- Nicole Powell