I’ve already reviewed Séanan McGuire’s October Daye series, so I figured I’ll start my massive collection of urban fantasy posts with her “other” series.
Honestly, I wasn’t super excited about this one, for whatever reason, but I had read all of the available October Daye books so I decided to pick up the first book in the InCryptid series.
The InCryptid novels (there are some short stories but I ha’n’t read ’em) follow the exploits of the Price family: cryptozoologists and self-appointed wardens of the American cryptid community.
Discount armageddon follows Verity Price, Latin ballroom dancer and traceuse, who has moved to New York City in an attempt to prove to her family that she can make it as a professional dancer. Her career aspirations are complicated by the appearance of a member of the Covenant of St. George, an international group devoted to exterminating all cryptid life.
So how is it?
It’s pretty good, but it lacks some of the emotional punch of her other books. The InCryptid books are unabashed entertainment reading, full of elaborate fights, escape sequences, and witty repartée. From Verity’s presence as a semifinalist on a show that’s just different enough from So you think you can dance to avoid lawsuits to her unorthodox family members, Discount armageddon is fun reading for the sake of fun reading.
It’s not like straight to mass market urban fantasy is a genre known for its demanding philosophical content, and there are moments that pack a decent emotional punch, but at a time in my life where there were Serious Things going down all over the place the InCryptid books made for some comfortable escapist reading.
The plotlines are simpler than in McGuire’s other series, the emotional stakes are lower, and the books as a whole are definitely less demanding. On the other hand, toning down on those elements frees up a lot of room for fun and/or silliness.
I recommend it for:
fans of the October Daye series
fans of urban fantasy who don’t like faeries
fans looking for a relatively magic-free urban fantasy experience
fans of the show Supernatural
fans of paranormal romance who are tired of reading about vampires and werewolves
fans of paranormal romance looking for something less sexually explicit
One final thing
I recently came across this post by McGuire and now I have one more reason to like her.