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Review: Magic For Nothing by Seanan McGuire

Magic for NothingTitle: Magic For Nothing

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Incryptids (Book #6)

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756410398 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756410391 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

Quick & Dirty: Antimony Price is on the deadliest assignment yet.

Opening Sentence: Antimony sat cross-legged in the middle of the room, one hand pressed hard against her thigh and the other held open in front of her, palm up and fingers spread.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Antimony is mad at Verity, she has just outed them to the whole world. No longer does the Covenant believe the Price’s are dead and gone. What’s worse, she declared war on them and North America off limits. So because Antimony doesn’t look like the rest of her family, she actually looks like a Price, not a Healy, she is asked to go undercover into the Covenant and find out what they are up against. It’s a mission of utmost importance and the stakes are high, she could pay for this with her life.

Once Antimony arrives in London she heads to the “recruitment” center, and meets Leo Cunningham. The heir to the leader of the Covenant, and while he flirts with her Antimony isn’t the least bit tempted. She knows he would never leave the Covenant, and she will never believe as they as do. Posing as a member of the Black Carnival, Antiomy puts her skills to use and soon she finds that the Covenant wants her to go undercover for them in America. She is playing a dangerous game with only Mindy (her Aeslin mouse) on her side. Although while in London, Mindy finds the Lost Colony and when Mork joins Antimony and Mindy, the Aeslin mice are setting up a way for them to help the lost colony escape the Covenant.

Once Antiomy arrives at the Carnival she faces another extreme amount of tests in order to get in and the anger of a young man named Sam. Soon Antimony is on the trail of the member of the Carnival who is making people disappear, and all the while she keeping the Covenant away from the Carnival. It becomes clear that it is all going to go wrong, especially when Antimony finds herself unable to fight her attraction to Sam who just happens to be a Monkey. Will she be able to save the people in the Carnival? Will she find the killer without disappearing herself?

Oh my word, this series just reached a new level with this book. It is my favorite. I was almost in tears at the end, I loved Antimony even more than Verity or Alex. She is the youngest of the three siblings, and in this book, she faces situations that are much more terrifying than what the others have faced. She grows up, she falls a little in love and makes heartbreaking decisions. Seanan is on the top of her game, I didn’t think I would ever be as invested or love this series as much as October, but it just took reading and connecting with Antimony to put this series on par with October’s.

I didn’t know if it would work for me switching viewpoints every few books, but I have to say that I love each one of the siblings in a different way. Alex is thoughtful and wary of violence, Verity is like a force of nature, and Antimony is just, I don’t even have the words for her. I was blown away, on the edge of my seat one minute, biting my nails the next, laughing out loud, and on the verge of tears and I immediately wished this wasn’t the latest book, so that I could run out and read the next one right away. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year…

Notable Scene:

For all that I was basically going through my paces for the Covenant of St. George, I was excited by the opportunity to move. Endorphins are as addictive as anything else and I’d never gone this long without a decent workout. If being potentially useful as a field agent meant I got access to this room while I was doing recon, I’d take it. Letting myself get out of shape for the sake of maintaining my cover would just make it harder to escape when the time came.

The InCryptids Series:

1. Discount Armageddon

2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

3. Half-Off Ragnarok

4. Pocket Apocalypse

5. Chaos Choreography

6. Magic For Nothing

7. Tricks for Free

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Magic For Nothing. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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