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Spiral Hunt

(Evie Scelan #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  726 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent.

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

Paperback, 307 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Harper Voyager (first published January 21st 2009)
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Maybe a 3.75 star book because it doesn't quite have that level of "wow" that makes me want to force everyone I know to rush out out start reading it right away, but it's very solid storytelling that I thoroughly enjoyed. Evie is smart, level-headed and likable, the system of magic is interesting, and the mythological elements are included in an original way. Some of the double crosses I expected and others snuck up on me, and things being more complicated than I expected meant that they were al ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
The setting is Boston, where a large Irish migrant population goes hand in hand with this urban fantasy moving away from the usual werewolves and vampires, and takes it's supernatural aspects from celtic mythology. Evie Scelan is a bike messenger with a side business as a Finder. Her nickname is Hound because Evie has an ability to track things with scent. At the start of this book, Evie gets a mysterious phone call from ex-lover Frank. Despite her reservations with who he may be mixed up with, ...more
May 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I'm certainly in a reading rut right now, because I cannot seem to find a book that satisfies. My last "failure" was David Willimas "The Mirrored Heavens". I bailed after 150 pages.

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
This was a really great read, totally enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised, and considering it's a Harper Collins novel had to wonder what sort of marketing they employed, it has so few reads and books 2 and 3 have barely sold on Amazon.

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
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: celtic myth fans, people who like good books
First of all I am an amateur Ancient Celtic Myth and Historian and this Ronald did her research and her homework and she owned it. The history and the myths come out strong without sounding like they were planted in the plot to explain something (while sounding like an encyclopedia) but both were woven into the story and the characters and became one.

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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
I would never have picked up this book if I hadn't gone to a panel at Arisia, a convention in Boston, about setting stories in Boston. I went into the book, therefore, with the expectation that it put one of my favorite cities to good use. In that, it did not disappoint.

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
Mrs. Badass
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. I liked the location (Being a Masshole) and I enjoyed, for the most part, Evie's character. The world held my attention, but sometimes felt almost vague, in the magic aspect. I sometimes felt confused on what terms meant, for example Loci(and it's variants used) It was used a lot in the first few chapters, but no explanation given for a while, I found myself thinking.. what the heck is it? and I hate that. I own the next one, and will read that as well. I hope there is ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy and Modern takes of Mythological figures.
Okay, this book was definitely a sleeper. It was sorta/kinda interesting and I would pick it up, read a few chapters and become distracted....until about chapter four, that is.

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
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit: this book is written by a friend, so my opinion may be biased!

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.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It's fun enough to read books based on cities I know. I went through a real Baltimore thing. A Real. Baltimore. Thing. So, I'm branching out to the city that is just always there for me and maybe 96% of my life, Old Boston Town.

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
Disclosure: The author is a friend. And an adorable drunk.

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
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, e-book
Evie, the heroine, has been named the Hound for her magical ability to find things through their scent. She hides her talent, somewhat, because that's what her mother taught her to do. Then she receives a phone call from a boy she knew in her past, and everything pretty much falls apart. The Fae in Boston have the city in an iron grip and Evie's afraid they want to put her on a leash. This is a tough book to summarize, because there are so many little threads, so much subtlety.

Evie has dreams t
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Urban fantasy set in Boston. I've shied away from that subgenre in recent years, since it became a code name for "romances with a touch of the supernatural" which I rarely enjoy. "Spiral Hunt" (and its sequels) include romantic subplots, but the urban and fantastic elements are much more important; they also take a harder look than usual at American clichés about Irish/"Celtic" magic. I enjoyed this series enormously. ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
OMG. This is solid urban fantasy with a major dollop of Irish mythology thrown in. Great characters, fantastic sense of place and setting, and many great lines. The first half was maybe a tad slow - though compelling - and the second half was basically un-put-down-able. Definitely read this. (Disclaimer: I know the author, but not all that well. So I don't think I'm all that biased.) ...more
Raye of the Dead
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
It was just an okay read. I had no idea what was happening in the beginning and I also had trouble keeping track of the characters. There aren’t even that many but I didn’t care about any of them.

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.
Excellent new voice in urban fantasy with a celtic twist. Well written, interesting characters, a protagonist with something new.
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
I just could not get into this book. The world is confusing and many things are not being explained. I tried to stick with it, but now I'm moving on to something else. ...more
Ok, one of my New Year's resolutions was to review more books, so here we go. As a rule, I find it difficult to assign books a numerical rating, I would just rather talk about the book itself and what I liked and did not like.

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
Stephen Dorneman
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although it starts slow, this urban fantasy finishes strong with plenty of action and includes an engaging heroine, a different take on magic and folklore than the usual, and throughout does a great job making the Boston setting an integral part of the story. Recommended, and I'll be looking for the next book in the series. ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty interesting, some parts were a bit slow, but mostly very interesting
KandyMay Poff
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the story line is very intriguing, I just couldn't connect with the main character. ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Magic in Boston Entertaining with a little Red Sox History thrown in
Aurian Booklover
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Genevieve “Evie” Scelan is a bike messenger for her daily job and a private investigator using her nose to find lost things or people on the side. Her world is a dangerous world, where using magic will get you the attention of the Fiana, and that is not something you want. They are like a magical mafia, and they control everyone who uses magic.

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
Rena McGee
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this one while I was out of town for business and I must say while I'm not head over heels in love with it, I'm pretty damn close. This was an interesting introduction to a new series that will have a long, and prosperous futures, at least I'm hoping so. As some of you may know, I'm a little new to the world of urban fantasy, and while I sill prefer traditional or high fantasy, I'm learning to love the world of magic and monsters set in our modern world.

Evie is a unique character even in
Melissa Hayden
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Genevieve, or Evie as friend from school call her, works as a bike courier in Boston. But, on the side works to help recover, or find, items for people - for a fee to help pay rent. Evie has a special ability passed down in her family blood of years past, she can smell scents even almost taste them at times. Evie has the nick name in the Undercurrent of Hound. But one night, after midnight she receives a call from a friend of the past who Evie thought was gone or dead. Frank, someone Evie had no ...more
Sep 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This book starts off with a bang as Evie Scelan is awakened with a phone call from her ex, Frank. He tells her he's finally getting out and then it seems as if something or someone else is talking through him and the line goes dead. Evie Scanlon is a little different than everyone else she is called the Hound because she has a/n (magically?) enhanced sense of smell that she can use to track anything or anyone. She tries to use her gift to find her ex-lover after he goes missing. This story is se ...more
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Erin by: Steven Klotz
Shelves: sff
I tend to get obsessed with certain types of books for a period of time, and then can't read anything after that until a new obsession takes me. This book was meant to fit into my recent paranormal noir obsession, and I was delighted at how well it worked as paranormal noir while still feeling utterly different from the others I've read. Even if I go on to read more in this sub-genre, I think this will be the cap on the genre for me.

What seems to start out as a typical noir mystery with a missin
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Margaret Ronald learned to read on a blend of The Adventures of Tintin, Greek mythology, and Bloom County compilations. Her vocabulary never quite recovered. Her fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Baen's Universe, and Fantasy Magazine. Spiral Hunt is her first novel. ...more

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