Sometimes a bit of magical help might cost more than you bargained for ...
London is hosting the Carnival Fantastique, and Genny's job has never been busier or more fulfilling. Only not everyone is so happy. Genny believed she'd cracked the fae's infertility curse ... but the fae are still barren. It's a devastating plight to which the mysterious Emperor may have the solution - if Genny can find him.
She needs help.
She turns to the vampire Malik al-Khan, only to find he's wrestling with his own demons and, when the police request Genny's assistance with a magical kidnap, her own problems multiply too. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae's infertility? Soon Genny is hard on his trail, so it seems she'll have a chance to ask ... but will the answer cost more than she's willing to pay?
About the Author
Suzanne McLeod has been a cocktail waitress, dance group promoter and barmaid at Coventry City Football Club (she had to pay the rent somehow!). After years in retail management, she started writing. She lives with her husband and dogs in Bournemouth.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reading The Shifting Price of Prey, like other books by Suzanne McLeod, reminds me of the many layers of petals on a rose - or the layers of an onion (but every one uses the Onion Layer thing). The first layer of petals is the beginning of the novel - Genny is checking out a Gnome's business, and his use of naturally dying garden fairies. Something strikes her weird about this...and on top of that, this creepy Gnome keeps offering her refreshments that a fairy would eat - insects, slugs, etc., though she reminds him that she's Sidhe, NOT a fairy. In another layer of petals there's Tavish, who is affecting her more strongly than ever. In fact, a few people seem to be affecting her in a lustful, wanting to jump bones kind of way. Finn, her sometimes boss and possible love interest is out of town, 'In Between' taking care of his daughter and she hasn't heard from him. Even though in the last novel/adventure Genny had managed to (if you haven't read any of the novels, this could be a spoiler...) grab the fertility spell, something's not quite right about it, only one of the fae has become pregnant, and Genny is finding herself obsessed with the shape and majestic breasts of Sylvia - the pregnant fae. Tavish brings her some information help that actually causes more questions than answers, and Genny decides she needs to talk with Malik, and then in another layer of this rose being peeled, plucked away, also finds herself in a situation with him.....oooh, boy.Meanwhile, the Carnival Fantastique is being hosted by London,bringing its own set of potential problems of the magical variety so there is a lot going on there, the pixies are showing up everywhere causing pixie mischeif, there are prank spells appearing here and there and a visiting abassador's family disappears - is it a kidnapping? I'm wary of writing any spoilers, I think I might have mentioned some minor spoilers already. But The Shifting Price of Prey is such a multilayered story - Those rose petals keep being peeled away, each time revealing another twist or turn in the plot - just enough information to drive Genny forward, until the center of that rose is completely opened and the final event is brought to a close....and then there is this chilling set up for the next book...that would be those thorns of the rose...(*g*). Thorns aren't always bad - you just have to use care, and I loved every minute of reading this novel. In this metaphor, the thorn is the wait for the next novel to come out, and it's promising to be a hell of a story. But those thorns just make roses that much sweeter for the risk. (is that too much metaphor? time to get off the metaphor train? nah, I might have more) Hey - I'm not a writer, and it shows with this metaphor attempt, doesn't it? *g*One of the things I'm always impressed about with McLeod's writing is the world building. Her London is amazing. The varied species of fae, faelings, vampires and other supernaturals is very fun, and she describes them so well. All different types are peppered through out the story, some as secondary characters, main characters, and peripheral characters. There are spells, magical items, myths and legends with her spin on them. Genny Taylor herself is a mix of Sidhe and Vampire. Her pupils are shaped like a cat, and even though she has this heritage of magic, Genny herself can't create magic, unless magic decides to use her. However, she does have this talent - cracking spells, SEEing spells and absorbing spells. There's this other talent she's picked up lately, you'll see it used in the novel.One of the great things about a Suzanne McLeod UF - there will be female friends for the main character. Genny is not the typical (though some writers are getting better about avoiding this particular pitfall) tough girl that has virtually NO female friends yet many men panting after her. Sure there are some men that want Genny, but then it fits the story, the fae/vampires aren't saddled with o