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(Among the Mythos #0.5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Need help? You probably shouldn't ask Grey.

Need help? You probably shouldn’t ask Grey.

He’s a runaway Fey prince in New York City. He feeds on love like some kind of vampire. He really doesn’t like people.

Then a monster hunts him down in late-night Manhattan, ruins his vacation, and forces him into the fight of his life.

He’s marked, and monsters are coming for him. Grey had
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
This book is so much fun! Strings branches out to talk more about one of the characters we met the first story (The Christmas Dragon), and since I LOVED him in that one, I had no trouble gobbling it up. Grey is a Fey that’s essentially a very attractive magical bard, who works his magic through song and music, making it into raw emotion. He’s such a fun character! Full of himself, but in such a sweet, adorable way. Seriously, Ruthanne writes it better than I do, and I’m afraid to mangle all the ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review

This was so fun! I haven't read the first book in this series [although I am definitely going to go back do that now] but I don't think you necessarily HAVE to have read it in order to understand this [although it IS free on the author's newsletter so really there's no excuse]. Anyway this was a really fun short story about a somewhat whiny but still very entertaining fairy prince who gets roped into saving the
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"4 out of 5 stars! Three months after “The Christmas Dragon,” book 2 in this series, we now follow John Grey, who’s an Unseelie Fey Prince, while he sates his needs in Manhattan. However, at the end of one of his “sets” Grey finds himself hunted by something to be thought of as a myth with only the “help” of humans to save him. Will his “help” be enough?

This interesting look into Grey, really sets the tone for the series and makes me wonder as to where all of these “personal stories” will lead.
Sherry Fundin
This is Grey’s story.

The Seelie feel they are the ones meant to rule everyone, including the humans.

Music is his magic. He is a prince, but left home to weave a magical spell of music around the humans and share the love.

Now he is called on to save them from the Slivers. He is determined to save the humans, no matter the consequences. But, who can he trust? He lives in a magical world where your enemy could be your friend and savior.

Among the Mythos, science fantasy and twenty thousand years of
I liked The Christmas Dragon better than this one, maybe because I had higher expectations about Grey, who ended up being not very likeable during most part of the book. The end and the twist on one of the other characters were very good though.

What I like best of the author, besides her funny writing, is the way she manages to create a very complex world without too much explanation. I think that's a very interesting virtue.
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Sooooo……I love elves. When playing any video games, I am always and elf. My favourite characters in magical films, are always elves. Yes, just like Grey, our runaway Unseelie, they are often a race who stick to themselves, don’t want to offer assistance and frequently dislike humans. It isn’t a malicious thing. They are just a race who live forever and often grow tired of meddling in the affairs of races that frequently get themselves in trouble and whose lives last such a little amount of time. ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The land of the EverDying is full of magic, both good and bad, but most of the inhabitants are human and don't know it. For those that do, however, the world is a scary place, full of shadows that go bump in the night. John Grey doesn't worry about that though, he's Fey, and one of the good guys... at least he's not one of the bad guys. Usually.

So when an honest-to-goodness evil monster crosses his path, Grey doesn't have any plans to be a hero, he just wants to get out alive. He has every
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This world is deep

This is the third book I've read in the series and I'm completely enamored by the Mythos. Reid slowly gives her readers information as the story unfolds - well-paced and with the narrator's biases included - until a full image is unveiled by the end. Except that when I reach the end I know we still don't see the whole picture and I'm left wanting more. I am eagerly awaiting the next story.
J.A. Hazel
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, witty urban fantasy with hilarious dialogue and a lead I want more of. I loved Grey, and I'm hoping he appears in the other titles in the series because what's not to love about a snarky, gorgeous (even if he says so himself), muso elf who gives great ear descriptions? Perfect writing. Fun, addictive, short read!
Brian Greiner
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nicely-done novelette (novella? long-ish short story?).
The author has created a rich mythos, with enough depth that allows viewing it from the point of view of different characters (ie. the different books in the series). Her characterizations are well done, and the plotting is crisp.
Assigning a rating for a novelette is rather more difficult than for a book, I think. Sort of like comparing a picture to a movie ... both can be appreciated for their own sake, but difficult to contrast and
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this Grey The Elf who live in Manhattan!!

At first, I am not sure where this book will bring me. But, I keep on reading as I curious about this book. Grey's sarcasm really makes me enjoy the reading!! I was smiling, laughing and enough to make me late to go to work!!

Beware!!! Don't read it in public if you can't hold your laugh!!

And now I'm going to read another series.
TheGood ByeGirl
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon-2017
Oh vampires, fey, dragons! what's not to love! diving right into Half-Shell Prophecies ...more
Tze Min
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, readers who want a nice simple story
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I'll admit, I liked The Christmas Dragon better than Strings. The writing's good and the humour's still awesome. (view spoiler) was probably the best pop culture reference I've ever seen (and amongst the few I can actually get ahaha).

I'm giving it a 4 stars instead of 5, but I'll touch on that later.

I felt that writing this in the point of view of one of the previous book's characters ((view spoiler)
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review -

I downloaded this book for free in exchange for an honest review. As usual, I won't tell you what the book is about, but I'll tell you how it makes you feel. Strings by Ruthanne Reid is a realistic fantasy based in New York. The book revolves around Grey, a Fey prince who has run away from home and is living in New York. He is a singer and though it isn't explicitly stated, it is implied that he makes his livelihood by singing. The book is narrated in first person by Grey.

Strings by
Tonja Drecker
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover and blurb perked my curiosity on this one. I didn't read the first book in the series, but that didn't prove to be a problem. This can be read as a stand alone.

I had a pretty open mind when starting this story, which is important. Magic and all the creatures usually seen in a fantasy world are a given, and they are mentioned and appear as if they are as common as the flick of a wrist. That said, this book is placed in our normal, modern day world.

The first pages are simply a treat to
Laura Thomas
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It appears John Grey hasn’t changed much since his adventure with Katie Lin in A Christmas Dragon. This story takes place some time later and Grey is marked by some deadly creatures. He can’t fight them in the Ever Dying land of Manhattan and needs the help of humans to defeat them.

This doesn’t sit well with Grey at first, The Ever Dying (us humans) have no place in his life. He doesn’t like them, prefers to avoid them.

So when Grey had to align himself with a group of humans I was curious if his
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we are with another chapter of 'Among the Mythos'. This short novel is really funny! The adventure is full of tension, questions and coupes de théatre. The story is very good, unknown monsters appear and track down the main character who gets involved with humans to defeat them. The alliance and the attachment that our Fey develops toward them is touching and almost inevitable (try to face death with someone, I bet you'll become best friends). The thing I liked the most is knowing Grey ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this short story after finished The Christmas Dragon, the previous book, so this is a great follow up with one particular Fey Prince who has now found himself in trouble. I really enjoyed him in The Christmas Dragon and maybe that was because he was a bit more mysterious and arrogant that it was fun to see him thrown out of his element. In this one he feels a lot more down to earth and we discover some of his more pronounced flaws. As far as the story goes, I enjoyed it greatly. It was a ...more
Tahlia Newland
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Grey is an elf, a beautiful, rather self-obsessed and somewhat snarky but, nevertheless, likable elf, who lives in Manhattan, and in this fairly short urban fantasy, he finds himself helping a bunch of forever-dying, (otherwise known as humans), to escape the clutches of the beasts that stalk them. The powerful, mysterious and almost all-knowing Notte—we never find out what kind of being he is—adds further interest to the story. I can’t say more about the plot than that without giving it away, ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Elf in Manhattan, Fey, Unseelie, and royal is not a common occurrence. An outcast elf who weaves melody and harmony in intimate settings and draws the Ever-Dying listeners together (showing the author's love & knowledge of music). John Grey is confronted with an opponent that he cannot fight on earth, aided by a local bartender who is not what he seems.

This is not a long book (only 86 pages) but it well worth the time spent reading it.

Urban fantasy with a dash of Cthulhuian horror. Clever
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from StoryCartel in exchange for an honest review.

Strings takes place some time after the events of The Christmas Dragon and in this novella Grey is the main character. He is a runaway Fey prince whose magic is music, and he has nothing to envy of Orlando Bloom apparently :P

I think I liked TCD a little more, but Strings is amazing too. The writing and the humour are there too, and I liked that Grey's character is more developed here,

After reading
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was very good writing, with an endearing character. Good action and plot, interesting world-building. Gray was sort of a snob, but humble about it at the same time. I would love to read more books with him as the central character.
Lena Donan
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle-Earth kissed adventurous story about one annoyed Fey who doesnt like humans and yet he was the only one who manages to save their as*es - Readable, cry no more. (for the further intel I have to think, unluckily B-)) ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this little romp through Grey's world. We were introduced to him in The Christmas Dragon and it was fun to get to know him in this novelette. Now I'm anxious to see more Notte.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The song of death

Another good but weird read. Zany, quirky and definitely off the wall. Our hero from book 1 is in Manhatton singing for his supper. A bar and a group of middle aged women when an attack takes place. An attack that leaves just him and a bartender alive. Even the bar is gone. Now they run from the monsters. A group of displaced fighters, an old acquaintance and the truth about the monsters. Plus a plan. Can he and the bartender follow the plan, kill the monsters and survive? Is
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Would you believe this third-person intro is being written by the very same individual about whom it is written?

I know. Completely blows her mind, too.

Ruthanne Reid is one of those pesky fanfiction authors who made good, and thus eschews most labels. Except for being a Generation X-er (or maybe Xennial, according to some guy’s webpage), a musician who loves music but also carries a ton of baggage

Other books in the series

Among the Mythos (5 books)
  • The Christmas Dragon
  • Half-Shell Prophecies
  • Seed (Among the Mythos)
  • The Sundered
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