In the highly entertaining seventh installment of the InCryptid urban fantasy series, cryptozoologist Antimony Price is on the run from the ruthless monster-slaying group known as the Covenant of St. George, unable to contact her family or friends lest she endanger them. Eight months after the events of 2017’s Magic for Nothing, Antimony has gone to ground as an employee of Lowryland, a fairy tale–themed Florida theme park. However, two things disrupt her quiet routine: she’s offered a chance to gain control over her unpredictable pyrokinetic abilities and a series of tragedies rocks the park. Antimony must break cover and gather a motley assortment of inhuman allies—including her boyfriend, Sam—to discover and destroy the rot at Lowryland’s heart, no matter what it costs her. McGuire’s clear passion for theme parks and roller derby results in a joyous romp that juggles action, magic, and romance to great effect. Though it doesn’t push the larger Covenant story line forward, it represents significant change and growth for Antimony’s corner of the world. This volume also contains a novella featuring Sam and the fan-favorite Aeslin mice, covering their time between Antimony’s adventures, so there’s plenty to keep fans invested in this open-ended series. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Mar.)
Includes an all-new Aeslin mice novella and a map of Lowryland!
1. Punishment for past actions.
2. An attempt to pay for what can't be bought.
3. See also "exile."
Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her--including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.
Some people would call Lowryland the amusement park. It's one of the largest in Florida, the keystone of the Lowry entertainment empire...but for Annie, it's a place to hide. She's just trying to keep her head down long enough to come up with a plan that will get her home without getting anyone killed. No small order when she's rooming with gorgons and sylphs, trying to placate frustrated ghosts, and rushing to get to work on time.
Then the accidents begin. The discovery of a dead man brings Annie to the attention of the secret cabal of magic users running Lowryland from behind the scenes. They want the fire that sleeps in her fingers. They want her on their side. They want to help her--although their help, like everything else, comes with a price.
No plan. Minimal backup. No way out. Annie's about to get a crash course in the reality behind the pretty facade. If she's lucky, she'll survive the experience.
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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