Sunday, 2 September 2012
The Shifting Price of Prey by Suzanne McLeod
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. The fae are in trouble again and Genny learns the mysterious Emperor may have the solution they need – if Genny can find him.
Genny needs help. She turns to the vampire, Malik al-Khan, only to find he’s wrestling with his own demons. Genny’s own problems are about to multiply too. An old flame arrives with a tragic situation, just as the police request her urgent assistance with a magical kidnap. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae’s troubles?
The fourth instalment of the Spellcrackers series, The Shifting Price of Prey contains the same humour, brilliance and fast-paced action which I have come to expect from these books.
In The Shifting Price of Prey, Genny must face her greatest fear - a confrontation which was inevitable but one she has dreaded for a long time, as well as dealing with managing males who keep vital information from her in a unwelcome attempt to protect her.
Genny is an awesome heroine, she's not all powerful and she doesn't whine about things that are out of her control but does whatever she can to solve the problem at hand and doesn't need anyone to protect her - she can protect herself, thank you very much.
I love the way the thread of the story is resolved by the end of the book but opens up so many more questions without needing an enormous cliffhanger, but yet still manages to have you gagging for the next book, which unfortunately is not out until next year.
With Spellcrackers Suzanne Mcleod has created an amazing series with vivid worldbuilding, flawed but likeable characters that act according to their nature, which is one of the many reasons I love it so much. The writing flows well and there is always something happening which makes it extremely difficult to put the book down. If you haven't read this series then I suggest you try them, you won't be disappointed.