by Seanan McGuire
Series: InCryptid #9
Narrator: Emily Bauer
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Sarah Zellaby has always been in an interesting position. Adopted into the Price family at a young age, she’s never been able to escape the biological reality of her origins: she’s a cuckoo, a telepathic ambush predator closer akin to a parasitic wasp than a human being. Friend, cousin, mathematician; it’s never been enough to dispel the fear that one day, nature will win out over nurture, and everything will change.
Maybe that time has finally come.
After spending the last several years recuperating in Ohio with her adoptive parents, Sarah is ready to return to the world–and most importantly, to her cousin Artie, with whom she has been head-over-heels in love since childhood. But there are cuckoos everywhere, and when the question of her own survival is weighed against the survival of her family, Sarah’s choices all add up to one inescapable conclusion.
This is war. Cuckoo vs. Price, human vs. cryptid…and not all of them are going to walk away.
Buckle up, because it’s time for the Cuckoo’s story and things are going to get bumpy! Narrated by Emily Bauer, Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire may be the ninth InCryptid novel but it delivered a fresh and addictive.
Please note: While the series is told from multiple POVs and broken up into stories of each Price sibling featuring stories surrounding their romance and adventure there are overall story arcs, bonding and dangers that intertwine the stories. For this reason I recommend they be read/listened to in the order of their release.
This is Sarah’s story and I’ve been dying for it. Sarah Zellaby was adopted by the Price family and they’ve dealt with her unusual origins. Sarah is a cuckoo. A telepath with insane math skills and a natural born predator.
She saved her sister in New York against the Covenant but it broke something in her mind. She has been living with their grandparents, but is ready to return to the nest and Artie, her best friend.
I’ve had so many question about Sarah, and holy bee hives, Mcguire delivered an intense, revealing, knock you off your feet installment. The Price family is about to go war. Everyone is there including Sam and Annie and they brought James Smith with them!!
“Math is everywhere. Math is everything”
Cuckoos who normally work alone because they are very territorial are working together and after Sarah. Kidnappings, understanding, becoming and fearless Prices’ await you. The storyline was brilliant and signature McGuire. She called into question all that we know about the Incryptid creatures we have studied.
Emily Bauer does a fantastic job of capture Sarah’s emotions, Artie’s frustrations and the Price family individually, She also did a stellar job with the villians and sent a shiver down my spine. While these stories are brilliant on their own, the narration enhances the story, characters, and action.
The story ends on a cliffhanger and lords above and below I cannot wait for the next Incryptid audiobook!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I wish I enjoyed Urban Fantasy. Actually, I’m not sure if I have ever read any urban fantasy, so not sure if I would like it or not. If I was going to try one from any series you have read or listened to, Kimberly, what would you suggest?
It sucks that this is only on audio because it sounds super interesting and really different. Glad you loved it too! Hugs and be safe! RO
Ro, the audio is only available on Audible. However you can by the ebook and paperback
That really sounds like a good story.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Robin has been reviewing these. It’s a series I plan to read. Someday.
everything about it sounds good to me and your review has made me ever more curious
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
This is an author I’ve seen so many times and her books always appeal to me. I haven’t read much urban fantasy but it’s a genre I really want to explore more.
Debbie S Haupt
I can totally see why you’re in love with this series and yes it is currently sitting on my wish list 😉
Lover of Romance
It’s always good to have a book turn out life this…..sounds pretty intense and thrilling
I thought it was more of a transition book but I had a good time with it
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
This sounds stellar Kim! Cliffhangers are the worst, but I’m glad you’re so excited for the next book!