The unique characters pulled me into the story right away. I enjoyed learning about Isa and Brimstone and the other chimera. I also took pleasure in Carou's everyday life as an art student in Prague with her friend juxtaposed with these strange errands she ran through portals getting teeth for a ram-horned beast--albeit a fatherly one.
I love stories that take a preconceived idea only to turn it on its head. In this case a "devil" falls in love with an angel. But devils are not evil and angels aren't all good.
I look forward to reading the next book.