Picking up right
where Chaos Choreography lets off, this latest InCryptid novel
throws us right into the middle of the building danger from
the Covenant of St. George and their plans to purge North
America of the cryptid menace -- a menace the Price-Healy
family calls friends and family. Antimony Price is used to
being the overlooked child, never quite winning in competition
with her older sister and brother. But when her sister Verity
appears on live television with a giant snake god, the Price
family knows they won't be able to hide from the Covenant
any longer, and there is only one person who can help: Antimony.
As the unknown Price child, she can infiltrate the Covenant
and discover their plans before it's too late for her family.
All she has to do is survive in the most dangerous place in
the world. As with all the past InCryptid novels, I loved
this book. Annie has more in common with her sister than she
thinks or would like to admit. She's equally stubborn, bold,
and morally strong. She also excels at the Price family blend
of honesty and snark. As always, the Aeslin mice bring charm
to every scene where they show up. I also loved the new characters
who show up for this one. The Covenant members are so beneficently
evil, a combination that can only come from true believers.
I also loved the way the author deepened the characterization
for Margaret Healy, the child left behind with the Covenant
where she’s never allowed to forget her tainted bloodline.
Characterization was as important as action in this latest
installment and just as compelling. Though the novel has a
nice feeling of completion to the arc, it also has me extremely
excited to see what happens next for these amazing characters.
If I were awarding stars, I'd give it a constellation.