• by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chance Matthews is drawn into a battle between angels and monsters because of something in her possession - a fossil of a creature that couldn't possibly have ever existed. But it did. And still does.


What the Critics Say

"Set in present-day Birmingham, Ala., the novel centers on Chance Matthews, a promising young paleontologist left bereft by the recent deaths of friends and family. Chance and ex-boyfriend Deke Silvey, a loser with latent psychic powers, wallow in self-destructive angst until they're sought out by Dancy Flammarion, a strange teenage girl who claims to be pursued by monsters....A finale that veers unexpectedly from a seemingly inevitable display of supernatural fireworks to a subtly disarming denouement only underscores the intelligence behind this carefully crafted tale of awe-inspired nightmare." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Boring. Don't waste 12 hours on this.

I only bought this book because of the character Dancy Flammarion, having read her Dark Horse comic stories. Without spoiling anything, she barely makes a presence in the book and the story drags on with the other 3 main characters. The narrator did a fantastic job using different tones to show a wide range of voice talent but the slow, boring and seemingly uncompleted story kills any further interest in this series, I'll stick to the comics.
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- Amazon Customer


I found this novel disappointing on almost every level. The writing ranged from dreamy and evocative to lethargic but it was rarely involving and always felt mannered, almost forced. Caitlin Kiernan clearly has talent and I've enjoyed some of her short fiction but the young characters in this novel are so drenched in angst, the writing lays it on so thickly, that the book just drags. The languid reading by Lauren Fortgang reinforces the book's problems and the ending, while subtle, is extremely anti-climactic.
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- Jim N

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios