Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.
Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.
But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.
Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.
Oh yes. This is glorious.
Even at the start, where it’s hard to relate to Nita’s indifference or even eagerness, to dissect bodies, this book is wonderful. And as it goes on and we get to know Nita, and empathise with her, it just goes from strength to strength. This is the dark anti hero book everyone should be talking about.
I love how easily Schaeffer makes you relate to Nita, and how her upbringing even seems normal. And the more you learn, the easier it is to rationalise it. She may not be a typically good person, but she tries. A little 😉 and she definitely isn’t an outright evil person. And same with Kovit. They both are comfortably with bad things, but they don’t necessarily want to do them.
I love that in a story – morally grey people taking on evil; especially the way this ends up playing out and her decisions at the end.
Also MAJOR bonus points for setting the book in South America! And having different origins for the different unnaturals – and it not actually being clear. I loved Kovit’s original theory.
I can’t wait for book 2 – not least because of the final twist! Absolutely fabulously dark and devious read.
Buy Not Even Bones from Amazon UK.