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Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid Series #3)

Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid Series #3)

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by Seanan McGuire

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The third book in New York Times-bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us.

"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New


The third book in New York Times-bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us.

"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Sookie Stackhouse series

Cryptid, noun: Any creature whose existence has not yet been proven by science. See also "monster."

Cryptozoologist, noun: Any person who thinks hunting for cryptids is a good idea. See also "idiot."

What do gorgons, basilisks, and frogs with feathers all have in common? They're all considered mythological by modern science, and some people are working very hard to keep them that way.

Alexander Price is a member of a cryptozoological lineage that spans generations, and it's his job to act as a buffer between the human and cryptid worlds—not an easy task when you're dealing with women who has snakes in place of hair, little girls who may actually be cobras, and brilliant, beautiful Australian zookeepers. And then there's the matter of the murders...

Alex thought he was choosing the easier career when he decided to specialize in non-urban cryptids, leaving the cities to his little sister, Verity. He had no idea what he was letting himself in for. It's a family affair, and everyone—from his reanimated grandfather to his slightly broken telepathic cousin—is going to find themselves drawn in before things get any better.

Editorial Reviews

Verity Price's older brother Alexander takes center stage in this third installment of Seanan McGuire's enchanting InCryptid urban fantasy series. He's a serious cryptid researcher and all-around nice guy, but before long, his stay at the Columbus, Ohio zoo becomes a criminal matter: He and his Australian gal pal Shelby Tanner find themselves suspects in several cases of very premature petrifaction. With its talking mice and undulating plot developments, this mass-market and NOOK Book original series is pleasantly addictive.

Publishers Weekly
McGuire's exciting third Incryptid installment (after Midnight Blue-Light Special) opens with a new protagonist, cryptozoologist Alexander Price, currently studying Ohio swamp wildlife while posing as a visiting researcher for the West Columbus Zoo. His hunt for feathered frogs called "frickens" is disrupted by several petrification-based murders in his vicinity, suggesting that a stray basilisk, misplaced cockatrice, or rogue gorgon is to blame. With the aid of his feisty Australian girlfriend, Shelby, a tiger trainer with secrets of her own, Alex must delve into the affairs of the reclusive, repulsive, and downright disturbing, while trying not to end up stoned in the worst way possible. McGuire creates a sense of wonder and playfulness with her love for mythology and folklore, weaving together numerous manifestations of a single theme. Her enthusiastic and fast-paced style makes this an entertaining page-turner, marred only by a tendency to emphasize whimsy and quirkiness over character depth. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Mar.)
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Praise for the InCryptid series:

"The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book. Swift narrative, charm, great world-building...all the McGuire trademarks." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

"[Half-Off Ragnarok] is kind of like taking a tour through a very deadly theme park made up of alternating parts awesome and terrifying. Come to think of it, that sums up this series quite nicely.... This book effectively acts as a jumping-on point to those just coming in." —Tor.com 

"Half-Off Ragnarok is my favorite book in the InCryptid series thus far.... If urban fantasy, intriguing animals, and fast-paced adventure is your thing, you’re going to love Half-Off Ragnarok. Highly recommended." —Jennifer Brozek

"McGuire creates a sense of wonder and playfulness with her love for mythology and folklore.... Her enthusiastic and fast-paced style makes this an entertaining page-turner." —Publishers Weekly

"A funny, fast-paced and genuinely suspenseful adventure that is sure to engross and entertain.... There is still a wide world for the intrepid Price family to explore, much to readers' guaranteed delight." —RT Reviews

"While chock-full of quality worldbuilding, realistic characters, and a double helping of sass, at its core, Half-Off Ragnarok is a book about judging others according to stereotypes, how nurture can overcome nature, and the importance of family." —Ranting Dragon

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Publication date:
InCryptid Series , #3
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Penguin Group
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2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"McGuire’s imagination is utterly boundless. The world of her InCryptid series is full of unexpected creatures, constant surprises and appealing characters, all crafted with the measured ease of a skilled professional, making the fantastic seem like a wonderful reality." —RT Reviews

"Always well-written and tightly plotted, this is quite simply some of the best urban fantasy out there." —Un:Bound

"Half-Off Ragnarok is my favorite book in the InCryptid series thus far...If urban fantasy, intriguing animals, and fast-paced adventure is your thing, you’re going to love Half-Off Ragnarok. Highly recommended." —Jennifer Brozek

Meet the Author

Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about anyplace capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren’t). Early exposure to a vast number of books left her with a lifelong affection for the written word, and led, perhaps inevitably, to her writing books of her own, starting somewhere around the age of eleven. The October Daye novels are her first urban fantasy series, and the InCryptid novels are her second series, both published by DAW and bother of which have put her in the New York Times bestseller list. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, the first novel in the October Daye series, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for five Hugo Awards in a single year. You can visit her at www.seananmcguire.com.

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Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I have not come across any book from this author that I have not liked. She has a way of taking ordinary things, and mix them with the stories that we have heard all our lives about things that don't exist, and somehow make it all seem real. She writes possibly some of the most creative and original books that I have ever read. This book is no different. She manages to create cryptid creatures that are both based on reality, myth, and make-believe that feel real. As always the mice are seriously entertaining, though I would have liked to see a bit more of them in this book. The characters weren't bad, and the brother in this book is different enough while being the same in the important ways, than the sister in the first books to make it seem new while right in the same vein as the other books. This story was possibly a bit slower, and didn't have as much interaction with a wider cryptid world than the other books did but that doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing. It works somehow in this book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Fun book. It's nice to see a family that works together and not dysfunctional in the traditional ways. I didn't quite understand the killers motivations.
JaniceSmith More than 1 year ago
I love the In-Cryptid series. This book was a fun read. Fast-paced. Difficult to put down. I highly recommend it.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
Summer vacation made this book take me longer to read than it should have. I enjoyed it very much. I was surprised to find that this installment was about Alex and not either one of the girls. Pleasantly surprised as it turns out, though I do admit to missing Verity at this point. Alex's life as a cryptozoologist differs quite a bit from his sisters. He's working in a zoo and I loved that mix of cryptids and "normal" animals. I also loved the dynamic between him and his love interest in the book and I look forward to seeing that grow in future books (please Ms. McGuire?) Another thing that I truly loved about this volume, was how shocked I was at who the "villain" was at the end. I honestly did not see it coming and I love when a novel like this can truly take me by surprise. I'm so glad I picked up this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When we get enough people, i will start a quest for ya!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the first two books in this series but this one is not about Verity in New York but about her brother Alex in Ohio. My biggest problem was the general premise. I could mange to suspend belief that there were intelligence creatures hiding from regular people in a large city like New York but I couldn't believe that there are incryptid animals in Ohio- man killer ones - that have not been discovered. It is well written, moves at a good pace and has a satisfying mystery.
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