5bat! Review: Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3) by Seanan McGuire

March 18, 2014 Review 2

5bat! Review: Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3) by Seanan McGuireHalf-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid, #3
Published by DAW on March 4, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368 pages
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: kissing, not to graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
5 Stars

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn't expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone...

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

With HALF-OFF RAGNAROK we get the same action packed, funny and at times emotional story we've come to expect in an  InCryptid series bookl except there is a narration change with Alex Price, brother of Verity who narrated the first two books. After hearing so much about Verity's siblings and grandparents in MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL and DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON I was happy to finally get a whole book involving Alex and their cryptid grandmother and cousin. It was great to finally get a chance to delve deeper into the Price family and see what makes them tick. They work really well together and after meeting more of them I would not want to get on their bad side. While Verity is still my favorite Price family member I love seeing the more serious approach Alex takes to his research of cryptids working in the reptile house of a zoo where some cryptids live amongst the rest of the zoo inhabitants.

The main plot involves a mystery surrounding the  gorgons (think the Greek monster Medusa) was pretty interesting and less straightforward than I thought it would be. I liked getting a more intimate look into how cryptids live when away from humans. Assisting Alex in the mysteriously stony demises of a few people is Shelby, his Australian girlfriend. While I enjoyed Shelby's spunk I kind of felt like she got into trouble more than she helped. Aside from her penchant for being a damsel-in-distress I liked the twist of who she actually is and what she really knows about of cryptids.

HALF-OFF RAGNAROK not only shows us some more awesome sounding cryptids; it brings back my favorite Aeslin mice who revere the Price family as gods. They're cute, obsessively religious, and bring a lot of humor to a few situations in this book. I love the Price family and look forward to following more of their adventures with cryptids in POCKET APOCALYPSE coming out in 2015. If you need some more Price family in your life check out the short stories on Seanan McGuire's website http://seananmcguire.com/.

Series Titles:

1. Discount Armageddon
2. Midnight Blue-Light Special

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2 Responses to “5bat! Review: Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid, #3) by Seanan McGuire”

  1. Anne

    I’m about 30 pages from the end and would give it three stars or an ok rating. I’m just not finding it exciting or the characters that interesting. If I hadn’t read Verity’s two stories, I don’t think I’d read the next book in the series based on this one. I do like seeing how Sarah’s getting along and getting to know more about the grandparents and the family in general.

    • Kristina

      Yeah I can see that. I agree that I would probably not recommend starting the series on this book. Verity does add a lot more flavor and fun to the story. 🙂