That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is another series I've skipped a few books of. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to matter much; McGuire does a good job of catching readers up on her storylines, eight books in. The InCryptid series focuses on the Prices, a family of "cryptozoologists," scientists studying mythical creatures (said creatures, such as gorgons and Bigfoots, exist in this universe) and protecting them from the Covenant of St. George, who wants to wipe them out.
This time it's the youngest sister Antimony's turn. This book apparently follows right on the heels of book #7 (which I have not yet read), and while there is a bit of info-dumping in the first couple of chapters, Antimony's voice carries the day. She is running from both the Covenant and a bargain she made with a Bad Place called the "crossroads" to save herself and her boyfriend, and this is the story of her fight to extricate herself from both sticky situations. In addition to her boyfriend Sam, she has two other cryptids with her, Fern and Cylia. This little found family, and another character named James they adopt along the way, goes to the mat for each other and comes out triumphant.
The worldbuilding is rich and layered in this book, as is to be expected from Seanan McGuire. There is also a bonus novella, "The Measure of a Monster," included, focusing on Antimony's older brother Alex and tying off a stray plot thread from this book. Seanan McGuire is an extremely prolific author, but so far everything of hers I have read, no matter how far along it is in a series, maintains its quality. This book is no exception.
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