Spaz Guest Reviews: The Shifting Price of Prey by Suzanne McLeod

Sometimes a bit of magical help might cost more than you bargained for . . .

London is hosting the Carnival Fantastique, and Genny’s job has never been busier or more fulfilling. Only not everyone is so happy. The fae are in trouble again and Genny learns the mysterious Emperor may have the solution they need – if Genny can find him.

Genny needs help. She turns to the vampire, Malik al-Khan, only to find he’s wrestling with his own demons. Genny’s own problems are about to multiply too. An old flame arrives with a tragic situation, just as the police request her urgent assistance with a magical kidnap. Is it all unconnected, or can the Emperor help her solve more than the fae’s troubles?

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575098406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575098404
  • Purchase The Shifting Price of Prey at Amazon & Book Depository

In this fourth Spellcrackers.com novel, we meet back up with Genny in the wonderful supernatural London that Suzanne McLeod has created for us. The stakes are raised higher than ever, as we learn more about Malik al-Khan’s backstory, and my own expectations of this fourth book were just as high. I squealed with delight, because The Shifting Price of Prey totally delivers.

With the Carnival Fantastique in town, Ms. McLeod introduces a terribly interesting and unique storyline to an already multi-layered Urban Fantasy London setting. Genny quickly learns that the fae just can’t help themselves, their entire future is still in jeopardy with the Fertility Curse, and Geneveieve is their only hope. Just as always, she takes on the responsibility, steps right up to her duties, and sets out to get to the bottom of what this mysterious Emperor has to do with the recent magical kidnappings. Of course you throw in the Vampires to the mix, and there is nothing but sweet and glorious drama from start to finish, with some crazy family trees, to boot.

The sweet and hot tension that has built between Malik al-Khan and Genny has been nothing but intense, and in The Shifting Price of Prey, we get some action of the sexy variety, people! But remember, this isn’t a Paranormal Romance… we get just enough to keep us holding on, and it burns so good. Secondary characters, such as Tavish the Kelpie, have grown on me so much, I couldn’t wait to see him appear, even if you never fully know if you can trust him. At times, I felt utter disappointment in other characters, such as Finn. Boooo, Finn, Boo. The humor in this series also keeps me coming back, and even the so-called “bad guys” have me charmed. The author does a fantastic job at making you completely unsure of whom to trust, yet at the same time making you want to trust everyone. I sat at the edge of my seat through the entire book, waiting for the other shoe to fall. I felt dread for what might happen, but hope too, for other possibilities. I was basically a big ol anxious mess while reading this and couldn’t quit turning the pages. By the time I arrived to the last page, I was beaming with satisfaction. I am so pleased with the way the story is concluded!! It doesn’t necessarily end with a cliffhanger, so much as a total mind-f*ck, but I sure can’t wait for the next book! And the author gave me exactly what I wanted with the very last line.

The Spellcrackers.com series is very heavy on world building, and it is very complex. I got a little overwhelmed initially in the first book, but once I got in to the flow, I seriously devoured books 1 through 4 as fast as I could. So much happens from page to page in The Shifting Price of Prey, that I had a book hangover. I was ruined to other books for a while after completion. Fans of Genny will be so super pleased! And Urban Fantasy fans who have not tried this series yet, seriously, get busy! Start with A Sweet Scent of Blood, and be sure to come back and thank us for the recommendation. You’re welcome! :)

Spellcrackers.com reading order:

  1. A Sweet Scent of Blood
  2. The Cold Kiss of Death
  3. The Bitter Seed of Magic
  4. The Shifting Price of Prey
  5. The Hidden Rune of Iron (est release 6/20/2013)
  6. The Sharp Bite of Ritual (est release 2014)
Comments
  • Lee November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Sold! Just downloaded the first one in the series. :)

    • Spaz November 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Yay! Be sure to let me know what you think!! Enjoy :)

  • Emilia November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    You got my interest and my credit card again. Just got the first book. Are you going to do top 10 list of your fav songs this year? I need new running songs :D and I’m still obsessed with The Suburbs cover you posted last year.

    • Spaz November 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Emilia! You must tell me how you like the first book. OMG that Suburbs cover by Mr Little Jeans… I STILL LOVE IT soooo muuuuch.

  • Van P. November 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    This is a great series, I’ve read the first two and have #3 sitting on my shelf. Awesome review Spaz!

    • Spaz November 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Yay!! Love hearing when others enjoy something I do too :) Can’t wait for you to get to this one!

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