Spiral Hunt (Evie Scelan #1)
They call her "Hound," and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything—lost keys, vanished family heirlooms . . . even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston's historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover wi...more
I agree with posters who compared it to Neil Gaiman's work, such as American Gods and Neverwhere - Spiral Hunt is similarly able to place...more
I switched to Margaret Ronald's "Spiral Hunt" and it hasnt' gotten any better. Ronald was mentioned to me as a refreshing newcomer to the glutted urban fantasy market. I've read many of these the past few years, and have grown increasingly unsatisfied with the lack of growth in the genre as a whole. Just how many ways...more
The two best things about this book are the protagonist, who I find to be a very solid, believable character; and the world, which I'm hoping Ronald is going to continue shaping in future books. I also appreciate that the book involves a healthy amount of mythology that I'm not really familiar with--but didn't feel I needed to be to understand the book.
interesting characters. This book was also something of a surprise, since most of the urban fantasy I’ve been seeing lately has been urban fantasy romance, where most of the action and characterization is based off of getting the female protagonist hitched up with a male character as quickly as possible. (I’m amazed at how few of these “urban fantasy romances” have anything to do with actu...more
The character Evie, AKA Hound, was an intriguing first person protagonist. Nice world building, especially Boston’s set...more
The main character, Evie Scelan has an extraordinary sense of smell. In magic rich Boston this equals a side job as a PI of sorts, known to a few as the Hound, finding lost objects. She has to be careful how she exhibits her talents, there are supernatural baddies who make magic users of all kinds disappear.
This book owe...more
Yay, it's Maggie's first book! Noirish paranormal mystery with Irish mythology, set in Boston. First-person female narrator, cool magic powers, you know the sort of thing.
Things I liked: Boston – this book has an excellent sense of place, and it made me want to spend more time there, maybe even sober this time. Female friendships, which make up a lot of the tension in the book, and these relationships are not about men and are about women...more
What seems to start out as a typical noir mystery with a missin...more
The city of Boston is practically its own character in this book. Its strange history is put to good use, and its oddities are far better explained through magic than the true history. Ms. Ronald does an excellent job making the...more
Evie Scelan is a Hound - her magic is of the olfactory kind. She can smell a 'church by daylight" (to quote Shakespeare) and due to her...more
The plot was a little slow going at first, but finally settled into a groove and I...more
After a phone call she sets out to find a childhood friend, who she reckons disappeared under the Fiana because of her, Evie is also aske...more
I wish that the genre cliches in plot, pacing, character, and phrasing weren't there and that the writing was a little more careful about point of view. Characters sometimes notice things that they shouldn't be able to and the plot hints are dropped...more
Despite her best efforts, Evie comes to the attention of The Bright Brotherhood, who...more
I'm just beginning the second book in the series now, and look forward to the third installment!
Interactions with the other characters seemed a bit forced: the main character would get in fights with her friends for no obviously good reason, and she kept trusting the bad guy even after it was obvious he was going to backstab her.
I read this and its sequel three days ago, and my recollection is already a bit fuzzy. Maybe not a good sign? On the other hand it might be a good sign that I got the sequel.
Cons: An uncommon ability with an interesting mythological basis isn't good enough; we have to fall back on the typical Special Snowflake-Chosen One-Mary Sue crap because a woman who can resolve a problem with her own brains and strengths without being possessed by a goddess just isn't DONE.