Sunday, April 18, 2010

SPIRAL HUNT by Margaret Ronald

Publisher: EOS/Harper Collins
Date published: February 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-166241-6
Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Obtained by self-purchase
Reviewed by Dawn

Genevieve Scelan has the unique ability to track a scent, basically anything connected to it-you name it, she can find it. Evie has kept her head down and knows how to stay far away from the underground that runs beneath Boston. But one night, an old friend calls and Evie’s life is turned upside down. No idea who to trust and determined to solve this last debt between her and Frank, she will unearth a history that will shake her foundation to the core. For once she has the scent, the hunt begins.

SPIRAL HUNT was an intriguing book to read. It is thetwists and turns that will leave you gasping and an ending that had me wondering what would come next. I have never read this author’s books before and found the writing to be tight, the storyline action packed and full of characters that intrigued me to know more of. The pacing was nice and even; the build up to the ending was very well played and kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next. With the right amount of mystery, magic and secrecy, the author keeps you highly entertained till the very end.

Meet Evie Scelan, a woman with the unique ability to be able to find anything just from scent alone. Called the “Hound”, once she has her scent, the hunt begins. Settled in her life, she never imagines a late night call from an old friend/lover will turn it upside down and secrets will be unearthed that will rock Evie’s world. Evie is a wonderful breath of fresh air to me. She is multi-faceted and not afraid to show she is afraid to the outside world even as she continues along knowing she may get hurt in the process. Add in some characters who you keep wondering if they are the good guys or the bad guys, magic that will knock you for a loop and a mystery that will leave you wanting more and you have SPIRAL HUNT.

SPIRAL HUNT is a wonderful start to a new and fresh series that will keep you highly entertained and eager to read more once the last page is done. Ms. Ronald is a gifted storyteller and one I will be looking for in the bookstores more often. I look forward to reading the next adventure for Evie in Wild Hunt soon. If you enjoy a new twist on Urban Fantasy, then grab SPIRAL HUNT. You won’t be disappointed.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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