The Price family are cryptozoologists – a bit on the eccentric side, their goal is to protect the magical creatures of the world who are living in secret (or trying to) among the human population.
Adopted into the Price family is Sarah Zellaby. As much as she’d like to think of herself as Price, she will never get away from who she really is – a cuckoo … “a telepathic ambush predator closer akin to a parasitic wasp than a human being.” If her nature takes over, everyone she considered family or friends are possible targets for her predatory nature.
Sarah is returning to the family compound and both she and her close friend Artie are happy to reunite. But Sarah has come to the attention of other cuckoos who have taken up residence near the Price home. There is bound to be a clash. Between Sarah’s core and who she has known herself as her entire life, and between the apex predator cuckoos and everyone around them.
By staying close to Sarah, Artie puts himself in extreme danger, but he’s not about to abandon their friendship now that she’s returned.
The book is told from alternating POV – sometimes Sarah, sometimes Artie.
This book is definitely a cliffhanger, leading up to something big.
In signature fashion, McGuire includes a short story/novelette at the end of the book. This one, “Follow the Lady,” has the character Antimony returning home from a recent excursion (which takes place before the events in this novel) and relating some gathered information (which will likely be important in the next book).
Looking for a good book? Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire is the 9th book in the InCryptid urban fantasy series. It is fast-paced and there is a lot going on, so pay attention, but do read it.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Seanan McGuire
series: InCryptid #9
publisher: DAW Books
paperback, 437 pages