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Magic for Nothing

(InCryptid #6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,449 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older sibl
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Published March 7th 2017 by DAW
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Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Magic for Nothing, whether intended or not, has the plot of a classic spy caper: an agent belonging to Group One needs to infiltrate Group Two. In the context of the Incryptid series, it is a strategy that makes little sense. In the five preceding books, readers have been told a great deal about the nefarious Covenant, and about the Price strategy of living in vigilant secrecy under concealed identities. The family is reacting to the shocking events of book five, Chaos Choreography, and their brilliant plan ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I've been looking forward to getting Antimony's POV in a full-length InCryptid novel since I read Blocked on McGuire's website. If you haven't read Blocked (or any of the other short stories from her or Elsie's POV), you probably don't know what to expect.

Alex and Verity paint the youngest Price sibling in a somewhat unflattering light, and on the few occasions she shows up in their books, Antimony reinforces that impression.


There are two sides to every story.

And while Antimony begins MAGIC FOR NOTHING with a chip o
Robin (Bridge Four)

When I started this book I was a little afraid that I was going to hate it. No offense to Seanen McGuire but Animony was a total brat and I didn’t know if I could handle her as the main PoV for an entire book. Thankfully she grows up a little along the way and goes from the baby of the family who was digging pit traps against her siblings to someone how learns how to make some sacrifices that are not easy along the
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seanan McGuire, you rock my socks. I dunno whether this review should be a love letter to your writing skills or a letter of supplication, begging for beta reading opportunities, friendship (like really, let's be BFFs and hang out every day), and a chance to be an Aeslin Mouse to your Awesomesauce Priestess.

This series has had a few POV changes. Each time, I've been wary for some reason, and then pleasantly appreciative at the development and growth of the world that these POV change
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I may be incurring the wrath of fanboys and fangirls out there, but I think I like the 6th book better than all the other previous Incryptid books by McGuire. :)

Truly, it's just the right shape and mass of corny plotlines, that are soooo unbelievable, mind you, that still takes off as a yet another character novel with intrigue and spying and CIRCUS! Featuring yet another member of the Price family!

And yes, it's romance and the circus. It's true... so true... the monkey and the roll
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 3.75 ***

“The history of the human race has been one long quest to find, novel things and then kill, eat, or enslave them. There's a reason the aliens haven't made an appearance yet, is what I'm saying.”

This is the sixth book in a very beloved series and I was so happy to have it and read it. After all, I have been waiting for the youngest Price girl to show us what she's got. Antimony is a true Price and Healy alright, she just didn't have a very good plot to show us her true colors./>“The
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It's official: Antimony is my favorite of the Price siblings! Consequently this is my favorite book in the series. Unfortunately Annie is paying for her sister's mistakes and was sent to infiltrate the covenant. It made for an entertaining read because I was just waiting for something to go wrong. There was no way Annie would last long among a group of ruthless killers without giving something away. Let's face it: the only way to join the bad guys is to truly become one.

Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Cryptozoology Club at BB&B. HAIL!


In the sixth instalment of InCryptid we're finally getting Antimony's POV. She's the youngest member of the Price family and let me tell she's a spoiled brat! Her constant whining during the first half of the book made me want to strangle her. Her older sibling, Verity especially, are the root of all evil in her universe. God, I wanted to slap her! Reading from her POV made me extremely grateful for being an only child. Some of the tantrums sh
-Enjoyed the setting/world, the Price family, and the Aeslin mice/cryptids. Really despised the main character though.

-Hated Antimony's POV, Verity and Alex were far better protagonists.

-Antimony was seriously unlikable, and not in an interesting or engaging way. She was full of self-pity and judgement, and had a huge chip on her shoulder. I didn't get why she acted so hard done by when she was just as loved and cared for as the rest of her family. Also, it was amazing th
Marta Cox
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Four and a half from me
Well little Annie ( Antimony) had to grow up sometime but did she have to be thrown to the wolves? I know she's the baby of her family , the level headed one who keeps her head down but I did feel that her family seemed almost too eager to sacrifice her to the Covenant who they've been hiding from for the last three or four hundred years. Yet Annie rises to the occasion, she's brave, confident in her abilities ( even if she has to go undercover unarmed) and yes prepa
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was my favourite and the best so far. I'd been looking forward to Antimony's story since early on in the series and it was worth the wait. I loved Sam and Antimony. More new cryptids. And the war with the Covenant is ramping up. Great stuff!
I love this series so I was quite excited when I found out that it was time for Antimony, the youngest of the Price siblings, to take the spotlight. She's not had a major role in the previous books but I enjoyed her short stories (if you haven't already discovered all the free short stories that Seanan McGuire posts on her website you're really missing out, they give so much extra background insight into the series and are well worth reading!) and was looking forward to getting to know her better.

Moonlight Reader
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I'm all caught up on this series, and now I just have to wait for the next book.

I'd been waiting for a book from Antimony's POV for a while now. I love Verity, and am lukewarm on Alex, so I was curious to find out how I'd feel about the youngest of the Price siblings. Verity is still my favorite, but I enjoyed seeing the world from Antimony's grumpy, occasionally misanthropic, grudgy perspective.

McGuire is so imaginative and talented that when I stop to think about ho
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*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Magic for Nothing is the sixth installment in author Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series. Magic for Nothing piggybacks off the events that happened in Verity's last book, Chaos in Choreography. Magic for Nothing features the youngest of the Price clan, 22-year old Antimony Timpani Price. Unlike Verity and her brother Alex (whose books I skipped over to get to Chaos), Annie has magical abilities whic
A fabulous Friday night read. A glass of wine and another volume of InCryptid.

In this installment, we get to know the youngest Price, Antimony (Annie), as she gets drafted into the family’s plans. Her carnival and roller derby past will serve her in good-stead as she attempts to infiltrate the Covenant of St. George.

We learn more about the Covenant and Price family dynamics, plus McGuire manages to neatly tie in her ghost characters, previously explored in Sparrow Hill Road. F
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McGuire is really amazing; most writers of series have one or two fictional worlds in which they tell their tales, but McGuire has at least half-a-dozen fully developed and fleshed-out complex, evolving universes populated with strong casts of characters and detailed infrastructure. This is the sixth volume of the InCryptid series, and the youngest Price sibling, Antimony, is the main attraction this time around. She's primarily been shown as a whiny brat in the previous volumes, from the viewpo ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a well done continuation of the Incryptid series. This whole book is told from Antimony’s point of view. It was a lot of fun to read and we learn a lot more about the Covenant of St. George.

Antimony (Annie) is the youngest of the Price kids and always feels over protected. She gets her thrills from participating in roller derby and in general kind of lays low. When she is asked in infiltrate the Covenant of St. George it’s quite a change of pace for her.

I really
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kim
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:

MAGIC FOR NOTHING took me a little bit longer to get into than other InCryptid novels. I’m not sure if it’s because of the new narrator - the youngest of the Price siblings, Antimony - or if it was because so much of the beginning relied on the backlash of the previous book. Once we got into the swing of things though - trapeze joke! - I really enjoyed it.

One of the main themes in the InCryptid books is the family you are born to or the on
After the mind-blowing ending of Chaos Chronography, Antimony, the youngest Price sister, who incidentally looks nothing like her siblings, is tasked with traveling to London to infiltrate the Covenant! Can she convince them of her cover story? Can she and one lone Aslin mouse discover what the Covenant knows about the Price family and if they are planning an all-out war? Eeep!

McGuire hooked me from the beginning as narrator Emily Bauer took on new voices and new creatures. Antimony
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-paper
I was fortunate to receive an ARC copy of this book.

4.75 stars with a 0.25 deduction for small Aeslin colony size in this novel. We need as many mice as possible. We need an Aeslin History of the Price-Healy Family.

I have to admit that in many ways I have always looked at the Incryptid series as the younger, less fortunate sibling of McGuire's October Daye series. I've read each Incryptid book and most, if not all, of the shorts, and somehow always felt I wasn't having the great
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that this book finally explains why anyone, ever, would actually name their kid "Antimony Timpani." I've been wondering about that since book one of this series. And I'm so glad we finally get to spend some time with Antimony, because I LOVE HER. The baby sister, the bad daughter, the secret magic-user(!!). Roller derby and carnivals and trapeze swinging and knife-throwing and spying and setting things on fire. Seanan's books are always delicious, and this is no exception, but this one sp ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Seanan McGuire is a writer who makes me want to write. She has a seemingly never-ending well of stories to tell and she always does so with wit, heart, and a little edge. There are familiar veins through all of her leading characters; strength of heart and mind, a little misanthropy towards the general population, a strong moral compass and willingness to stand up for themselves and others, and an uncanny ability to say the right thing to the right people in order to win their trust and friendsh ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 "I need the next installment RIGHT NOW" stars

I'm officially hooked. It took me less than a day to read this book, because I couldn't put it down. And that ending... Up until now, I didn't really care about who the narrator of the next book will be, because I like all three Price children, but now I really hope that the next installment will be about Antimony.

Antimony is the youngest child in the Price family and even though she feels quite jealous of her older siblings, she is
Alex Can Read
I was lucky to receive an ARC copy of this book.
Magic for Nothing is easily my favorite installment in the InCryptid series. (So far.)

I fell in love with Antimony. I already liked Annie from the short story Blocked, but I really fell for her hard in this one. Since this book is from her PoV, we have the opportunity to see Verity and Alex through her eyes, and boy do we get her Point Of View. Annie doesn't hold back, and I found her unfiltered commentary enchanting. Her relationship wit
Timelord Iain
2017: Been waiting YEARS for Antigone's turn and here we are... can't wait for the follow-up... 5 stars

2018 FBR re-listen: This book really didn't hold up on re-read... the infiltration plotline was full of plotholes... (view spoiler)... after all the short stories, I wanted the Derby Girl... I blame Verity... 3 stars

Average: 4 stars
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up far too late reading this and I can't bring myself to regret that. For some reason I'm wary when we change main characters in this story but it never disappoints. I really like Antimony.

A great addition to this series
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was fantastic! Loved being in Antimony's head, given that we've gotten some bits and pieces, like her name and a prophecy of some sort, well, yeah, really excited that she's having her two books! And that ending! I need more!

I don't know if I like Annie more than Verity, but I sure do like them both. This book is great and I loved seeing how Annie would handle herself. The carnival setting made it fun and the Convenant raised the intensity.

Seriously looking forward to the next book.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
At the end of the last InCryptid novel, Chaos Choreography, Verity Price killed a giant snake on live television, then proceeded to challenge the Covenant of St. George, the monster hunting secret society from which the Prices defected four generations ago. Since the Covenant had believed they were dead, the family’s been looking over their shoulders for months. In order to find out just how much the Covenant knows and what they are planning, the Prices plan to send someone undercover to spy on ...more
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my hou(Rosemary

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