Discount Armageddonby Seanan McGuire
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Published on March 6th 2012
Format: Paperback Source: Library
Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanityâ€”and humanity from them. Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...
I’m loving this urban fantasy series!Â The Price family fled to North America several generations ago after they broke away from the monster-hunting Covenant.Â The Covenant thinks the family died out.Â The Prices have worked hard to make it seem like they did.
Verity Price isn’t sure she wants to spend her life as a cryptozoologist.Â She has trained to be a professional ballroom dancer.Â Now she has one year in New York to try to make a living dancing as long as she uses her spare time to survey the local cryptid community.Â But her side job is taking up more time than her dancing.
There is so much great world building here.Â There are ultrareligious mice colonies that live with the Prices.Â There are telepathic cuckoos that can make humans give them things and not notice they did it.Â There are boogeymen who know all the secrets.Â Dragon princesses live to make money and gorgons have a hard time keeping their snakes happy under their wigs.
Verity comes face to face with a Covenant member.Â He was sent to see if New York needs to be purged of cryptids.Â Verity isn’t going to let that happen to her friends.
This is book two with Verity. Now the Covenant is coming. Dominic has to decide where his loyalities lie and Verity has to decide if she can trust anything he is saying to her.
This book does a good job of picking up where the last one left off without feeling like a filler book that you see so often with second novels in a series.
It can be a hard transition in a series to leave the previous main character behind and start with a new one. I’m always a little bit leery of these transitions but this was done well.
Alex is Verity’s older brother. He doesn’t work with large cryptids like she does. He works more with cryptid wildlife. He’s identifying ecological problems that are increasing the likelihood of someone realizing that there are feathered frogs in Ohio.
If that wasn’t enough, someone turned one of his assistants to stone and seems to targeting him.
I thought this book was really well done. I wasn’t crazy about the girlfriend. Her name was also Shelby Tanner. That seemed really familiar to me. Then I realized that I knew a person with dogs named Shelby and Tanner and then I couldn’t unsee that.
This book moves the action to Australia. It is nice to see how the author imagines a different ecosystem and what cryptids evolved there.
There was a lot of “Daddy threatens the boyfriend for sleeping with the daughter” trope which I absolutely hate. The characters try to diffuse it but it doesn’t work. I could have done without all that.
I did miss the rest of the Price family in this one. Hopefully they come back in the next books.
A few complaints about the series:
- The names of the books have absolutely nothing to do with the books.Â You could call any one of them “Your Aunty Jane’s Peach Cobbler” and it would not change anything.Â The word Ragnarok does not appear in Half-Off Ragnarok for example.Â I don’t understand how they are named.
- There are roughly a gazillion short stories in this universe.Â I’m sticking with only reading the integers – books #1, #2, etc. – for now.