Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #5
Published by DAW
Published on: March 1 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.
Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her—or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time.
Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover…
So here’s the deal: InCryptid has a LOT of backstory via a multitude of (FREE) extras that are available on McGuire’s website.
These extras chronicle the Healy and Price family after they went rogue and left the Covenant of St. George. The majority are about Jonathan Healy, the son of Enid and Alexander Healy, the original detractors, and Frances Brown, Jonathan’s future wife (and are quite tragic), but a few of the later ones begin to tell Alice Healy, Frances and Jonathan’s daughter, and Thomas Price’s tale.
Thomas and Alice’s story is FASCINATING. In part b/c we know so little about them beyond Thomas being sucked into a hell dimension and Alice spending the last forty to fifty years trying to find him.
After his disappearance, Alice dropped their two small children off with the traveling carnival her mother had belonged to prior to marrying Jonathan, and promptly started searching other dimensions.
Per the current generation of Healy-Prices (Alice’s grandchildren), we know that she periodically shows up, frequently packing grenades, and still appearing to be in her early to mid twenties (b/c the passage of time in hell dimensions is weird).
I mention this b/c Alice saves CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY.
We all know about Verity’s love of ballroom dancing and her runner up status on the reality dance competition Dance or Die, but knowing it and experiencing it are two different things, and experiencing it is deathly dull.
I was 30% in before anything plot worthy made an appearance, and the fact that it was the work of snake cult only irritated me further.
I am sick to death of snake cults.
Snake cults: InCryptid as that damn blood diamond: Jane Yellowrock.
It’s hard to stay pissed about (yet another) snake cult when (the) Alice (freaking) Price shows up on Verity’s doorstep.
Suffice it to say that after that things pick up dramatically.
I’m not going to say anything about those things b/c spoilers. Just know that we get a multitude of tantalizing tidbits about what it is that Alice has been doing, and the last 10% is . . . Explosive.
InCryptid continues to remain highly recommended. Seriously guys . . . It’s officially on my Top 5 (unfinished) Urban Fantasy Series list. And with Antimony up as the main POV in the next book . . . *throws confetti in the air*
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