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 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
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 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
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
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.
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
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 has dreams t...more
This is the best urban fantasy I've read in a very long time. It is understated. It quietly surprised me with how good it is. It isn't flashy, but very well thought out.
First, the worldbuilding is excellent. This is not the sort of urban fantasy that throws everything together because it is cool. There is a...more
When Evie gets a phone call in the middle of the night, from an almost forgotten ex-boyfriend, the trouble starts. Somehow, Frank is not the only one tal...more
What seems to start out as a typical noir mystery with a missin...more
Despite her best efforts, Evie comes to the attention of The Bright Brotherhood, who...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
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
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
The character Evie, AKA Hound, was an intriguing first person protagonist. Nice world building, especially Boston’s set...more
I may come back and try to do something more with this, but for now, can only say that there was a lot I liked about this - Evie's magical ability was pretty cool, and I liked the way it was eventually tied in to the Irish mythology. On the other hand, I wasn't so thrilled with the 'Fiana' being the nasty horrible evil awful bad guys, but that's just me. There were a few loose ends, a few things left unexplained for longer than seemed really necessary, and a few people wh...more
The plot was a little slow going at first, but finally settled into a groove and I...more