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Chaos Choreography
InCryptid #5
Seanan McGuire

Daw Books Ink
March 1, 2016/ ISBN 9780756408138
Urban Fantasy

Reviewed by Jan Fields


As far as I can tell, the only bad thing about a Seanan McGuire book is the sad moment when you turn the last page and realize you don't have any more to read. Chaos Choreography fit that mold exactly. Once again we revisit Verity Price and she's returning to the world of dance one more time before closing the door on that element of her life forever. She joins a special edition of DANCE OR DIE, a reality competition show that is bringing back dancers from previous seasons, but someone is trying to make the title of the show a little too literal. It's up to Verity to put a stop to it with the help of family, friends, and the wonderful talking Aeslin mice. As with previous books in the series, I found this one delightful and page turning.

Though dealing with life-or-death stakes and giving the reader plenty to ponder, the book manages to work its magic without slipping into the hopelessly grim mire that so many urban fantasy series seem prone to. Really, the ONLY picky negative would be the sudden personality turn of one character who turns out to be evil. The change seemed too extreme and too convenient, leaving me (like Verity) wondering if the person was under some kind of spell. The message could be that we never really know what's going on with people, but I still felt it was a stretch. But that's just a slightly flat note in a truly enjoyable book.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Discount Armageddon #1
Pocket Apocalypse #4
Chaos Choreography #5
Magic for Nothing #6

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.
Reviewed 2016