At long last…!

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I’ve been waiting more than a year to talk about this project in public, so I’m thrilled to finally announce that my next book for adults is called Menagerie, and it will be coming in trade paperback from MIRA in October of 2014. Menagerie and its two sequels will be the 17th, 18th, and 19th books that my editor, Mary-Theresa Hussey and I have worked on together since MIRA published Stray, my first novel, back in June of 2007, and I am so glad for the opportunity to continue to work with her.

About the book… (There’s no official description yet, so I’m making this blurb up as I go.)

Like the rest of the world, Delilah Marlow knows all about living myths. Preternatural creatures. Monsters. Whatever you want to call them, she knows that they are sometimes beautiful, often lethal, and that they are not allowed to roam free in the U.S. Since long before she was born, living myths have only been allowed to exist in controlled environments, like official preserves, government labs…and in traveling carnivals, where, for a very steep fee, private citizens can get an up-close look at the dangerous and bizarre, like watching animals through fences at the zoo.  

What Delilah does not know about living myths is that she is one of them.

When a visit to a traveling carnival exposes Delilah as a “monster,” she finds herself sold into the menagerie as an exhibit, stripped of all civil liberties, staring out through the bars of her cage at a world that now sees her as less than human. Locked up, denied even the most basic of rights and privileges, Delilah must call on her own inner strength and the bonds forged with her fellow captives to reclaim her future—and possibly spark a change in perceptions the world over.

As you can probably tell, this project deals with themes I’m drawn to and subjects I consider important. Strong female characters, independence, friend/family connections, and the importance of fighting for what we believe in.

The Menagerie world itself is dark and gritty, as befits the themes, against a rich and colorful carnival backdrop. The cast of characters is broad, and the story itself is told from multiple viewpoints, to allow for an extensive worldview. In short, this is a “bigger” book than I’ve ever written, in both ambition and scope.

I’m almost halfway through with the manuscript, and I love this story. I love this world. I love these characters and how strong they are, in spite of (or because of?) all they’ve endured.

I hope you’ll step into Menagerie with me next fall. Delilah is eager to meet you all. ;)

[Questions? Leave them in the comments...]

Comments

  1. Catie Rhodes

    August 20, 2013

    This sounds interesting. (!!!) I am really looking forward to seeing it available for purchase at the Kindle store. Good luck!

  2. Lori

    August 20, 2013

    This series sounds awesome. I can’t wait to step into a new world with you!!

  3. Amy

    August 20, 2013

    Well… Oct 2014 can’t come soon enough for me :)
    Sound right up my street. What time is it set in?

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 20, 2013

      Good question. It’s current day. But with a resurgence in traveling carnivals, because of the demand for shows featuring living myths.

  4. Veronika

    August 20, 2013

    Wow! It sounds just as unique as your other books! I simply adore everything you write, and I’m dying to read this one, too!

  5. Sam

    August 20, 2013

    Sounds exciting, can’t wait to read it I think even from the above it’s going to be a hit!

  6. Catherine

    August 20, 2013

    Sounds awesome, can’t wait to read it! :-)

  7. Iola

    August 20, 2013

    Wow! That sounds awesome, a new addition to my kindle library, which is growing rapidly. Lol. Can’t wait Rachel, love your work.x

  8. Alyssa

    August 20, 2013

    Ohhh I can’t wait ! This sounds awesome! I love your work, each series you write is based on a concept/world that is totally fresh and new :D I am always excited to see why you come up with next

  9. Marie

    August 20, 2013

    Is it going to be a standard trilogy or stand-alone novels set in the same universe? Do you have a name for it yet?

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 20, 2013

      I suspect it’ll be a standard trilogy, but that’s not set in stone yet.

      • Laura

        August 20, 2013

        soooooo excited!!!!

  10. Juliana K. Thomas

    August 20, 2013

    FABBBBBUUUULOUS!! So happy to hear this news! :)

  11. Julie

    August 20, 2013

    Wow ! I love everything about it… The circus theme, the paranormal and even the name Delilah and the ”french” title. ( French is my first language). I can’t wait to read it, it is going to be a very long wait. Can you tell if it is 1st person or 3rd person ?

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 20, 2013

      !st person from Delilah’s POV, with alternating 3rd person chapters for a broader scope. ;)

  12. hayley hemming

    August 20, 2013

    It sounds totally and utterly amazing and I am sooooo looking forward to reading it
    You are already one of my favourite authors and reading the unofficial blurb has shot you up in my list :)
    You are an amazing author and I love the books you’ve written :)
    I just can’t wait for this book!

  13. Jo

    August 20, 2013

    I am so intrigued! Really looking forward to it! Is it part comment-piece on real life prejudice, or is it just how the story has came to you?

    • Jo

      August 20, 2013

      *how the story came…

  14. Rebecca

    August 20, 2013

    Excited!!!!

  15. Delilah Perez

    August 20, 2013

    Yay! Delilah…
    I love your books and I’m excited for something new from you. Thank you for some amazing stories and strong characters. Good luck in your writing of this series.

  16. Holly

    August 20, 2013

    It sounds good :) I’m excited to read it.
    Is there gonna be any romance in it? I love all sorts of novels but I find that I prefer ones with some sort of romance in it, even if its just a back burner romance.
    I’ll definitely be reading it anyway because I love your books but… Just curious :)

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 20, 2013

      The book isn’t a romance, but Delilah will have a romantic interest, yes. ;)

  17. Jessica Kennedy

    August 20, 2013

    Rachel, this sounds very cool! I can’t wait to read the official blurb and of course, the entire story! :) Congrats on your new project.

  18. Sue Lemasters

    August 20, 2013

    I can’t wait to read it. I enjoy reading any book in this genre. Really enjoyed the Faythe series. Thank you
    for writing books for our enjoyment.

  19. A. Carly

    August 20, 2013

    This sounds so amazing! I can’t wait for next October! :)

  20. Danielle

    August 20, 2013

    Sounds great! I am looking forward to it!

  21. Mel Thomas

    August 20, 2013

    Will all of the books in the series be about Delilah or will they each focus on different characters like the Unbound trilogy? Regardless, I can’t wait to read Menagerie. It’s a very interesting concept and you do dark, gritty, urban fantasy so damn well.

    • Rachel Vincent

      August 20, 2013

      Oh, thanks! Details for the sequels aren’t written in stone yet, so it could go either way. But I suspect I’ll stick with Delilah. ;)

  22. Stephanie

    August 20, 2013

    This sounds really interesting. I have been a fan of yours since Stray was released. Love everything that you write. Love the strong Female characters and the complex stories. Keep up the great work.

  23. Danielle

    August 20, 2013

    Woohoo. Can’t wait to buy this for myself and for my library (I’m the collections librarian).

  24. abi

    August 20, 2013

    wow!!!!! Its going to be ausum… Can’t wait!! cheers Rachel! :)

  25. Mary Ryan

    August 20, 2013

    Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing. I can’t wait for this series. I’ll have to make room on my bookshelves next to all my other Rachel Vincent books :) Can’t wait for October 2014!!

  26. Jessica S.

    August 21, 2013

    Totally awesome Rachel!!! I soooooo cannot wait!

  27. Susan

    August 23, 2013

    Wow!! I’m so excited about 2014. First Soul Screamers volume 4, then Menagerie and finally 2015 Anathema… Soo ecxited…

  28. Abi

    November 11, 2013

    sounds excellent!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to read!!! :* oct ’14 is long time though.. *sigh* but still, always up for ur books!!! :) ;)

  29. nikita

    January 22, 2014

    I can’t wait to read it!!!

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