Thanks to NetGalley and DAW for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: 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 how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.
And once again I impulsively requested a book without realizing it was part of a series! Argh! Seanan McGuire is someone I’ve had on my “authors I most want to read” list for a long time, so when I saw Magic For Nothing I got so excited I immediately hit request.
I can definitely say after reading it, this is NOT the kind of series that you can just jump into the middle of. Although I felt like I was missing things because I hadn’t read the previous five books, I can still see why Seanan McGuire is so popular. As the story begins, Antimony is kind of obnoxious and has a huge chip on her shoulder presumably because she’s the youngest in this magically talented family of cryptozoologists. She’s resentful and mouthy, and to be honest I wanted to smack her a couple of times. But then Antimony starts to get some insight into the choices her older siblings have made and as she does so, she becomes much more relatable. Even though I felt as though I was futilely trying to catch up with the story arc of this series, it’s obvious that the InCryptid series is completely different from the many other urban fantasy series out there. The story itself is very fast-paced with plenty of spying, and setting things on fire and even some trapeze swinging and knife throwing. Oh yeah. And there’s a roller derby as well! In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed Magic For Nothing and it’s left me determined to go back and read the previous books before the next one comes out.