Series: InCryptid, #7
Published by DAW on March 6, 2018
Genres: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: mild sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
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.
TRICKS FOR FREE, the seventh book in the InCryptid series continues this series' trend of high adventure, exciting storylines, and unique worldbuilding. I am constantly impressed how each book comes off as fresh and full of thrilling plots, thought-provoking social commentary, with warm bonds of friendship and family at their core. I'm never bored reading these books! TRICKS FOR FREE continues Antimony's adventure and I absolutely love the detailed description and backstory of Lowryland -a low rent Disney World- which she finds herself working in (and which I kind of want to go to). The plot is mostly a very grisly mystery and a coming to terms story in regards to Antimony's magic and the tough choices she has to make.
Since Antimony has actual magic abilities we get introduced to some more kinds of magic users that exist in this world and fun magic infused fights. One thing I like about these books is how human the Price family is in that they make really dumb mistakes that really anyone could make, except Antimony's mistake ends up having really bad consequences. Also, unlike her older siblings, she is still learning who she is and it's really neat to be able to watch her grow up into an awesome adult member of the Price family. I liked all of the secondary characters including Antimony's roommates who were a fun addition to this story as they brought much of the humor to this story.
The InCryptid series continues to be storytelling at it's best. TRICKS FOR FREE sends us on a rollercoaster of emotions and thrills with its engaging plot and ever expanding and fascinating world.Series Titles:
- Discount Armageddon
- Midnight Blue-Light Special 5/5
- Half-Off Ragnarok 5/5
- Pocket Apocalypse 4/5
- Chaos Choreography 4/5
- Magic for Nothing 4/5
- For more fun with lots of miscellaneous monsters and powers, try Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett and of course the rest of the InCryptid series.