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
The main character is realistic and I appreciated her sense of confusion with her knowledge constantly evolving, challenged with so much complexity.
The support characters are both useful in the story, and appropriate to the situations they are pulled into.
I abso ...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 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
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
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. ...more
I chose the book because I filtered a list of Boston-based books and fantasy/science fiction, it seemed interesting enough- a secret world unknown to the rest of the world (a regular destination of mine), a female protagonist who takes NO SHIT, and as I said before, Bost ...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
Evie has dreams t ...more
I enjoyed the book enough to read it in a day. It wasn’t that great. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it either. I will be picking up the next book soon. Hopefully it’s better.
This is one of the better urban fantasy books out there, in my humble opinion. A lot of the more popular urban fantasy series veer off more into paranormal romance territory than I would like (not that there's anything bad about the romance genre, it's just not my thing. At ...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
Evie is a unique character even in ...more
What seems to start out as a typical noir mystery with a missin ...more