A new favorite for me! This book wowed me from start to finish. Finding out about Karou's life and why Brimstone was the way he was with her...such a loving father figure to her. Akiva falling for her due to knowing her without knowing her was so sweet. The ending though, OMG! They are all dead and by the hands of Akiva. What will Karou do now? Will love prevail or vengence take over her? Great fantasy novel!!!