Title: That Ain’t Witchcraft
Author: Seanan McGuire
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Antimony Price has never done well without a support system. As the youngest of her generation, she has always been able to depend on her parents, siblings, and cousins to help her out when she’s in a pinch – until now.
After fleeing from the Covenant of St. George, she’s found herself in debt to the crossroads and running for her life. No family. No mice. No way out.
Lucky for her, she’s always been resourceful, and she’s been gathering allies as she travels: Sam, fūri trapeze artist turned boyfriend; Cylia, jink roller derby captain and designated driver; Fern, sylph friend, confidant, and maker of breakfasts; even Mary, ghost babysitter to the Price family.
Annie’s actually starting to feel like they might be able to figure things out-which is probably why things start going wrong again.
New Gravesend, Maine is a nice place to raise a family…or make a binding contract with the crossroads. For James Smith, whose best friend disappeared when she tried to do precisely that, it’s also an excellent place to plot revenge.
Now the crossroads want him dead and they want Annie to do the dirty deed. She owes them, after all.
And that’s before Leonard Cunningham, aka, “the next leader of the Covenant,” shows up…
It’s going to take everything Annie has and a little bit more to get out of this one. If she succeeds, she gets to go home. If she fails, she becomes one more cautionary tale about the dangers of bargaining with the crossroads.
But no pressure. (Amazon)
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Seanan McGuire is one of my new favorite authors, but I didn’t realize that That Ain’t Witchcraft was book 8 in the InCryptid series. Oops!
No worries, as McGuire is talented enough that I was able to follow along without feeling lost or like I was missing out.
I love when an author is able to make a series book readable as a stand alone! And now I want to go back and read all the previous books, as it’s just that good.
We jump right into the action, with Annie and her friends in the middle of a stake out. In a corn maze. In the middle of Ohio. Huh?
Someone (or something) was using the corn maze as their own personal hunting grounds and eleven people have disappeared. Annie and company are there to find out who (or what) was responsible, then make the killings stop.
What was responsible was….shall we say, weird? Good thing that Annie is a cryptozoologist!
What is a cryptozoologist? In a nutshell, they help “fictional” creatures (like dragons and trolls) stay under the radar and help protect them when needed. There’s also documentation and study involved, but that’s the boring side of the job.
Annie is my favorite type of character – snarky, sarcastic, and smart! And her friends are just as interesting!
The group is on the run, but life on the road is getting tiresome. So Cylia uses her jink good luck to find the perfect hiding spot, a rental house in Maine. Yep, smack dab in the heart of Stephen King country!
An untrained warlock, the evil Crossroads, and the heir to the organization hunting her family down, The Covenant, all make an appearance. This makes for a thrilling read!
McGuire excels at creating interesting characters that we actually care about, keeps her plots moving at a nice pace, and always leaves me wanting more.
Highly recommend this book, even if you’re like me and read it out of order!
About the Author:
Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather.
When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats.
Seanan’s favorite things include the X-Men, folklore, and the Black Death. No, seriously. She writes all biographies in the third person, because it’s easier that way.