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5.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger ending!,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)The Shifting Price of Prey is the fourth book in Suzanne McLeod's Spellcrackers series and therefore this review will contain spoilers for the previous books. I'm not sure they would hold up as standalone reads but the world is amazing once you get into it. The reading order is:
#1 The Sweet Scent of Blood
#2 The Cold Kiss of Death
#3 The Bitter Seed of Magic
#4 The Shifting Price of Prey
#5 The Hidden Rune of Iron (forthcoming)
#6 The Sharp Bite of Ritual (provisional title)
Genny thinks she's finally got her life back; Sylvia's pregnant and living in Between in a talkative wardrobe. Business is good at Spellcrackers with the contract for Harrods and the Carnival Fantastique, which brings with it a host of supernatural creatures. But it would seem that all the pent-up fertility in the fae's necklace is backfiring and Genny finds herself in a compromising position with her cousin Maxim. As she tries to calm her libido, a diplomat's wife and child have been kidnapped at London Zoo and the police need her help in bringing them home safely.
Suzanne introduces some creepy characters into the mix, and they can't all be blamed on the carnival! In the opening pages, Genny is investigating a gnome who is dealing in garden fairy penises, a popular magical aphrodisiac. I loved that the garden fairies where the magical equivalent of insects, dead after one mating cycle and it added a little credible mythology to the world. Whilst Genny and Katie are poking around fairy bits, they notice they are being watched. Katie is convinced the man changed into an animal, Genny is not so sure, but soon she is finding out more than she ever knew about shifters.
Along with the diplomat's family, Suzanne also gets her publicist kidnapped. It's a little inside joke but it made me laugh when Jonathan Weir's name popped up. I started to get a bit concerned that he'd been forgotten about and what had he done to deserve being killed off in a book?! On top of that, there are loads of small touches of humour which really make this an entertaining series, in a many layered world.
Once again, there's a lot going on but it all ties up at the end. The Autarch has always been the bogeyman in Genny's mind but we start to learn a little more about him. By the end, I found him really entertaining and looking forward to seeing more of him in future. Even if he is very much still the bad guy. Genny has some haunted tarot cards leading the way in her mission to get to the bottom of the fae's fertility curse. The curse that never ends! They lead her to believe that The Emperor holds the answer, another ancient vampire that might even be scarier than the Autarch.
We get to see a different side to Malik. OK, maybe several different sides and a glimpse into his murky past. Genny has finally admitted to herself that she fancies him but he seems to be keeping her at arm's length. Is he not interested, up to no good, in trouble or could it just be that he doesn't want his relationship with Genny to be a quick fling?
I've been charging through these books back-to-back but the previous three books weren't particularly cliffhangery. I was just so wrapped up in the world that I carried on reading. However now that I've got to the end of the currently published books, there is a big stonking cliffhanger ending and I want to know what happens now! Argh!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one in the series so far,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers) (Kindle Edition)Spellcrackers.com fans will not be disappointed with this latest instalment. In my opinion this is the best book yet by far. The story starts 3 months after The Bitter Seed of Magic finishes and our heroine Genny is now acting as boss of Spellcrackers.com whilst Finn is in the Fair Lands looking after his pregnant daughter Nicky. Even though the Fae community know what happened to the fertility curse and that its spell was trapped in the pendant that DI Helen Crane kept, it is still hanging over their heads as a missing item has to be found and linked with the pendant in order to break the curse. The problem is nobody knows what it is that is missing or where to look for it. So Genny is sort of stuck in limbo and to top it off the gorgeous master vampire Malik Al Kahn is keeping his distance from our favourite bean sidhe.
If I could have written a wish list to Ms McLeod as to what I wanted to happen in this book these are some of the things I would have asked for. I have always wanted Gen to come face to face with her vampire husband Bastien aka The Autarch. I have always wondered what would happen. Would Bastien still be interested in Gen, would he punish her for running off, would they have a massive fight or would he keep her as a blood pet? I have also wanted to know more about Malik's history and his connection with The Autarch and last but not least I have also wanted some kind of resolution between Gen, Finn and Malik. Would she ever end up sleeping with one or both of them, would she choose one over the other? So are these issues addressed in The Shifting Price of Prey......well you will just have to read it for yourself and find out.
Even though the story is still dominated by the fertility curse this book does revolve a lot around the vampires and their politics and it is great. There is a lot of double crossing and not knowing who to trust as well as huge shocks. I love Suzanne McLeod's writing and the fantastic world she has built. This is a great Urban Fantasy series with a big emphasis on the Fantasy part. Where else could you get magical Viagra made from the corkscrew penis of a garden fairy? I found this to be a thrilling read from start to finish and the ending has me pining for the next book immediately but I guess I am just going to have to wait another 12 months. If you like Urban Fantasy books I implore you to try this series. I have given all of the other books in the series 5 stars and I think this book is the best in the series. I can't go back and mark the other books down so it only seems fitting to give The Shifting Price Of Prey 6 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5/5 For fans of Kim Harrison, Karen Chance and Seanan McGuire it's a MUST read!,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)I always thought that [...] was a little gem of a series. The latest creation from Suzanne McLeod is one of her finest.
Wonderful, complex and very imaginative world-building, London packed by an amazing range of paranormal creatures all living in the open, cohabitating with humans and legally having their own rights, - witches, sidhe, vampires, shifters, dryads, nyads, kelpies, gnomes, fairies... There are so many of them, and yet in each book I learn something new.
As usual the intricate plot is impossible to predict. Poor Genny is a permanent fixture between a rock and a hard place, she just can't catch a break from all the trouble that follows her.
Plenty of surprises in book #4, plenty of yummy Malik, a little bit of Finn and Tavish, and of course hilarious flatmates of Genny - nyad Ricou who impersonates Johnny Depp, his pregnant dryad-wife Sylvia and their ever so biteful giant eel Bertha.
Genny is under a lot of pressure to crack the fertility curse for the good of the supernatural community, and a "clever" idea from Tavish forces her to use sidhe-made Taro cards to find the answers to her questions. As soon as she opens the first card, she is up for a wild ride involving an ancient vampire Emperor, Malik's past, Bastien games, werewolves and a huge danger to her nearest and dearest. Oh, dear! And she still has four cards to go...
Fabulous, brilliant story in a sparkling urban fantasy series from a British author. Very much recommended, especially for the fans of Karen Chance, Kim Harrison and Seanan McGuire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute corker from Suzanne,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)Suzanne has been one of UK Supernatural Urban Fantasy Authors to go to when I want something that is not only familiar but also something that is home grown. Here in the latest outing, Genny has a whole host of trouble and to add to her woes, Spellcrackers.com is facing a management crisis due to those sneaky herd fae, the Satyrs.
As with Suzanne's other titles, it has fast paced action, great prose and of course characters that you love to spend time around, however this time out, there are a few strong sexual sequences that add a deeper flavour to Genny's emotional context. It works well, it's full of (mis)adventure and for me, its something that I really can't get enough of as there's always someone looking to make a buck or double deal to get what they want.
Throw into the mix a whole new host of villains backed up with foes of old and all in its been a triumph to sit back and devour. Great stuff.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)After reading the other three books i was very happy to find that yet again this books delivers the goods.
Full of excitment and vamps what could be better!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fae Frolics,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)The latest Spellcrackers.com novel, The Shifting Price of Prey finds half vamp half fae Gen Taylor dealing with all sorts of supernatural mayhem in London as she tries to manage the company Spellcrackers. And you can't argue with a start like this; "The garden fairy was as desiccated as a dead frog . . . "From here you know what you're getting; funny, engaging Urban Fantasy that plays with the tropes.
At this point SF fans may turn away, because our main protagonist Gen, whose maternal grandmother is the Sidhe Queen, 'sees' magic in the ether/air and can 'crack' or absorb spells to counteract the intention.
Mr Lampy the gnome is Gen's new client, who is a thoroughly dislikable character. She is investigating the murder of grade fairies, as their parts are the equivalent of magical viagra. Gen soon becomes involved in a case looking for the wife and child of a visiting diplomat whilst also trying to find a way of ending a infertility curse affecting all of the fae. All through this she is trying to earn a living, not worry about her ex Finn who disappeared and keep the business running.
There are a whole host of interesting characters including the kelpie Tavish and it is fairly easy to pick up on any action from the preceeding books without worrying or reading the first few books. Ripe with Greek mythology and fantasy lore, this is, pardon the pun, a cracker of a fantasy novel with a strong female 'lead'. Although she does miss her ex and also has feelings for her vamp blood master Malik, she is not defined by romantic relationships. And the cases she gets involved in are hugely entertaining; from the Magic Mirror in Harrod's dressing rooms convincing punters to get plastic surgery to the prankster in Leicester Square doing a 'Harry Potter' and bringing film posters to life, it's all very lively. McLeod also presents a realistic multi-cultural London.
This novel is very reminiscent of the work of Kim Harrison or early Laurell K Hamilton before sex became the dominant feature. This is a great book and I look forward to the promise of the next installment.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best magical mayhem romp!,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)Definitely the best magical romp yet - the series is growing in strength and is a wonderful "escapism" read, though I'm not sure that the books will stand alone out of sequence (hard to tell when I've devoured each one as if I'm a glamoured vamp in need of sustenance! LOL)
I adore Malik; Finn is a pain & as for that Kelpie..... but I'll not say more as I don't want to give any story away.
My only comment would be that this one is _very_ adult in sexual content, which may put some readers off - no bother for the broad-minded though.
I happened to be at Trafalgar Square while reading this one (several scenes set there) - I looked for Genny and the pesky pixies, but I guess there was an invisibility spell being used :-( pity. LOL
Anyone who loves magic, vamps, and a hurtle through a romp of an adventure will enjoy these quirky books - its about time we had a TV series based around them I think Buffy, Charmed, Twilight....? Not a patch on Genny & co!
Suzanne's books are a wonderful advert for the London Tourist Board as well (providing you have a spellcrackers.com phone number to hand ..... just in case.....
One complaint. I now have to wait for the next one in the series :-(
(disclaimer: I know Suzanne personally, but this is a genuine review of a book I thoroughly enjoyed)
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read.,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)after having read the first books in the series from my local library i decided to buy this one when it came out. i was not dicerpointer, it's a great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet!,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers) (Kindle Edition)The latest instalment of the Spellcrackers series, The Shifting Price of Prey has the same humour, brilliance and fast paced action which I have come to expect from these books.
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 and why it has quickly become one of my favourite series' and an autobuy for me. 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE cannot wait for book 5 now!!,
This review is from: The Shifting Price of Prey (Spellcrackers.Com) (Paperback)Finally finished it... Too many interruptions from the kids for my liking... but I LOVED IT and i can not wait for THRoI...
Love the direction that TSpoP took... and the choices that Genny is left with at the end and potential for book 5 makes me goose bump and plot like a maniac!! .. CAN_ NOT_WAIT x
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