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Magic for Nothing (Mass Market Paperbound)

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When I started reading Seanan McGuire's "InCryptid" series, I was delighted with the voice of the protagonist, Verity Price, and I wasn't sure I was ready for another voice when the story was told from her brother, Alex's, point of view, but that turned out to be delightful too.

However, I was really looking forward to the series as told by Annie (Antimony Timpani Price) because, as the youngest, her attitude was portrayed by her brother and sister as a solo player, more dangerous than the others, and wickedly imaginative. Everything I want in a protagonist, right?

But Annie's so much more, and in Magic for Nothing, I fell for her perspective in a big way. Annie is sassy and smart and funny and clever, but she's also much darker and deeper than her sister and brother, and I found that darkness really appealing. Where there was a lightness in the earlier books, almost a comic-book view of the world, in Magic for Nothing, Seanan McGuire explores a lot of the more complex and thought-provoking sides of her characters, to great effect.

Because of what has happened recently - you've got to read these books in order for it to make sense, but Verity gets in a fight on national television, blowing things wide open - Annie is the only one who is capable of infiltrating the Covenant of St. George, the organization from whom the Price/Healy's defected generations ago. She's got the skills, she's got the smarts, and because of her looks, she's unexpected.

At the end of Magic for Nothing, I found myself frustrated because there has GOT to be something after this, and I don't want to wait to find out what happens next! This is not a happily-ever-after ending, and I'm pleased about that. Bad things happen to both good and bad people, and Annie discovers a lot about herself. Us being along for the ride? That's just our good luck.

I swear, everything Seanan McGuire writes is fabulous! Any of her books, pick one up and go. You won't be disappointed, pinky-swear!

— Fran


The sixth 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
Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also -bad plan.-
As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She's been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn't think they'd change so fast.
Annie's expectations keep getting shattered. She didn't expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn't expect the Covenant to take her sister's threat seriously. And she definitely didn't expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside...but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she's the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what's coming. Their lives may depend on it.
But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she's started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she's headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She's pretty sure things can't get much worse.
Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it's possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

About the Author

Seanan McGuire is a Washington State-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 both 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780756410391
ISBN-10: 0756410398
Publisher: Daw Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Incryptid