Chaos Choreography

Chaos Choreography

McGuire, Seanan

Book 5.0 of InCryptid

Language: English

Publisher: DAW

Published: Mar 1, 2016

Words: 114831
Pages: 461


**The fifth book in *New York Times*-bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us. ** "The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book." —**Charlaine Harris**, #1 *New York Times*-bestselling author of Sookie Stackhouse series **Destiny, Noun: **    1. The inevitable or irresistible course of events.    2. The inescapable future.    3. See also “Screwed.” Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She's rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her...or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of *Dance or Die*, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure of a comeback impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time. Of course, nothing is that simple. When two of her fellow contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find—and a couple she wasn't looking for—in order to navigate the complicated steps of both the tango and a murder investigation without blowing her cover. It doesn't help that her official family backup is her grandmother, Alice Price-Healy, who thinks "subtle" is something that happens to other people. Winning this competition may have just become a matter of life and death. ** ### From Publishers Weekly For the fifth installment of her InCryptid series (following Pocket Apocalypse), McGuire revisits cryptozoologist Verity Price, last seen as a primary character in 2013's Midnight Blue-Light Special. When Verity's alter ego, professional ballroom dancer Valerie Pryor, receives an invitation to appear in a special all-star season of the reality show Dance or Die, which made her briefly famous, she accepts in order to give her dancing days the closure they deserve. With her husband and a contingent of Aeslin mice in tow, Verity dons Valerie's wig and heads back to Los Angeles. Then someone starts ritually murdering eliminated contestants, and Verity has to maintain her secret identity and continue to compete even as she and her allies investigate the supernatural killings. McGuire skillfully skewers the reality show mindset as she infuses it with urban fantasy tropes and a blend of humor and action. As always, the cryptids— some drawn from myth, others original to the setting—are entertaining in their own right, . It's great to see Verity in action, and this tale sets the stage for many more exciting adventures. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Mar.) ### Review Praise for the *InCryptid *series: "The only thing more fun than an October Daye book is an InCryptid book. **Swift narrative, charm, great world-building**...all the McGuire trademarks." —Charlaine Harris, #1 *New York Times*-bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series "[*Half-Off Ragnarok*] is kind of like **taking a tour through a very deadly theme park made up of alternating parts awesome and terrifying**. Come to think of it, that sums up this series quite nicely.... This book effectively acts as a jumping-on point to those just coming in." —  "*Half-Off Ragnarok* is my favorite book in the InCryptid series thus far.... If **urban fantasy, intriguing animals, and fast-paced adventure** is your thing, you’re going to love *Half-Off Ragnarok*. Highly recommended." —Jennifer Brozek "McGuire **creates a sense of wonder and playfulness with her love for mythology and folklore**.... Her enthusiastic and fast-paced style makes this an entertaining page-turner." —*Publishers Weekly *"A **funny, fast-paced and genuinely suspenseful adventure** that is sure to engross and entertain.... There is still a wide world for the intrepid Price family to explore, much to readers' guaranteed delight."** —***RT Reviews * "While chock-full of **quality worldbuilding, realistic characters, and a double helping of sass**, at its core,* Half-Off Ragnarok* is a book about judging others according to stereotypes, how nurture can overcome nature, and the importance of family." —Ranting Dragon*** * * *