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Book Review: That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid Book 8) by Seanan McGuire

That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid Book 8)
by Seanan McGuire
March 5, 2019
Publisher: DAW
ISBN: 9780756411794
Crossroads, noun:

1. A place where two roads cross.
2. A place where bargains can be made.
3. See also “places to avoid.”

Antimony Price has never done well without a support system. As the youngest of her generation, she has always been able to depend on her parents, siblings, and cousins to help her out when she’s in a pinch—until now. After fleeing from the Covenant of St. George, she’s found herself in debt to the crossroads and running for her life. No family. No mice. No way out.

Lucky for her, she’s always been resourceful, and she’s been gathering allies as she travels: Sam, fūri trapeze artist turned boyfriend; Cylia, jink roller derby captain and designated driver; Fern, sylph friend, confidant, and maker of breakfasts; even Mary, ghost babysitter to the Price family. Annie’s actually starting to feel like they might be able to figure things out—which is probably why things start going wrong again.

New Gravesend, Maine is a nice place to raise a family…or make a binding contract with the crossroads. For James Smith, whose best friend disappeared when she tried to do precisely that, it’s also an excellent place to plot revenge. Now the crossroads want him dead and they want Annie to do the dirty deed. She owes them, after all.

And that’s before Leonard Cunningham, aka, “the next leader of the Covenant,” shows up…

It’s going to take everything Annie has and a little bit more to get out of this one. If she succeeds, she gets to go home. If she fails, she becomes one more cautionary tale about the dangers of bargaining with the crossroads.

But no pressure.

Antimony Price, along with her cryptid boyfriend, Sam, and cryptid friends Cylia and Fern, is on the run from the Covenant of St. George. She and her friends meet James, who happens to be a sorcerer looking to find a way to make the crossroads connected to the town, give him back his friend who bargained with it to give him the freedom to leave the area. Worse, the crossroads are ready to claim the debt Annie incurred when they saved her and Sam.

This novel in the continuing in the series about the Price family kept me interested and invested in the characters. My only complaint is the character Sam. He seems too overly needy and jealous, but if that is the choice of Annie, well, will wait to see further adventures of hers and if they stay together. I can’t wait to see if Annie finally makes it home to her family’s compound.

If you enjoy reading urban legends and about cryptids, This snarky, fun-filled, sasquatch-thrilling novel is cyptidmatic!

I gave That Ain’t Witchcraft 4 1/2 sheep

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Seanan McGuire is a California-based author with a strong penchant for travel and can regularly be found just about any place capable of supporting human life (as well as a few places that probably aren't). Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Rosemary and Rue, was named one of the Top 20 Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Past Decade; and her novel Feed, written under the name Mira Grant, was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. She also won a Hugo for her podcast, and is the first person to be nominated for fivHugo Awards in a single year.

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