HALF-OFF RAGNAROK (InCryptid #3) by Seanan McGuire
356 pages, paperback
Available now (March 2014)
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.
Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone…
The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.
Of course, so do the talking mice.
First Date: Much like a bad pickup line, I was a little put off by the semi-cheesy cover. However, sometimes it’s worth a second look…and Half-Off Ragnarok was totally worth a second look. A bit of a nerd (what with his love of all things reptile. Okay, so he’s a large science nerd. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.), Alex is pretty happy with his little corner of the world (until it’s time to move to the next corner, that is). He’s got a cool job at the reptile house, he’s breeding some rare basilisks, and there’s a cute zoologist from Australia that he’s been admiring. Until, of course, something nasty starts killing people and tries to kill him.
Second Date: Alex is, well, he’s a little boring (I hear his sister, Verity, is much more interesting. I’m off to check out her story next.). If this were a real date, I would probably stay until the end but there wouldn’t be any smooching. Unless…unless he brought his grandparents along. Or his pet griffin. Or maybe his colony of talking Aeslin mice (all hail the Cheese). It’s the people and creatures that surround Alex that make him interesting. In fact, they’re the reason I kept reading and really enjoyed the story as a whole. Even Alex’s girlfriend, Shelby, is intriguing and filled with secrets (plus, if the cover’s any indication, she can really rock that zookeeper outfit. Way to make an unattractive uniform look good, girl!).
Third Date: I’m super-glad I got this book to review. It introduced me to a new series, one that I need to go back to the beginning and read, especially since I hear this wasn’t the best one to start with. It reminded me that Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant) is a kick-ass writer who also writes the October Daye series, of which I’ve only read one and really enjoyed. Sometimes, when all the parts come together, a story just works. Sometimes, it’s the quiet ones that wind up being much more interesting than you originally thought. Sometimes, those are the books you can’t put down…or the guys you can’t quit.
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