After crushing the magical Mafia underworld of Greater
Boston, Evie Scelen (aka the Hound) tries to go back to life
as usual. Staying under the radar, however, is no longer an
option. Back alley scum are looking to her to step into the
breach left by the Fiana and she's beginning to wonder if
the devil she knew was better than what might come to take
She is still a bike courier, still a little short of cash,
and still conflicted about her feelings for mathematician
Nate, but more jobs for her services as a Finder are
trickling in, and her nose is better than it has ever
been... a little too powerful for her comfort level.
Evie is called onto a dangerous path when a seemingly
harmless little old lady asks her help in returning stolen
property to its rightful owner. As she steps in to protect
her client, sentient revenants start showing up, all tied to
a journey another Hound took a century ago.
Then Nate starts having family trouble, people are being
ravaged by ghostly hounds and Evie finds herself haunted by
a particularly persistent ghost of her own. As things get
worse she finds protecting those close to her may mean
pushing them beyond the bounds of friendship.
WILD HUNT takes up a few weeks after Spiral Hunt left off.
Although I was able to enjoy WILD HUNT without having read
the first in the series, I enjoyed it more the second time
around; after reading Spiral Hunt. (I enjoyed WILD HUNT so
much I bought Spiral Hunt the next day.)
Margaret Ronald has a gift for plopping a reader smack in
the middle of a scene. Sounds, sights, and especially scents
become more real than your surroundings, and you are anxious
to learn the fate of even the minor characters. One of my
favorites? A gunsmithing reverend who drives like a
moonshiner. This is a series to place on the 'keeper' shelf
and re-read whenever you want to visit a magical Boston.
Sure, six weeks earlier Evie bike
messenger, supernatural tracker, and avid Red Sox fan had
been instrumental in bringing down the Fiana, the
organization of magicians that had ruled Boston's
undercurrent for hundreds of years. But now they were gone,
Boston could breathe easy again, the Sox had a chance at the
pennant, and Evie was ready to relax.
Except it turns
out that when you take down the guy on top, everyone assumes
you're going to fill his spot, and now Evie finds herself at
the center of a whole lot of unwelcome magical attention. On
top of that, a new client needs her to call up a family
ghost and ask about a stolen inheritance; Evie's friend Nate
has a supernatural problem of his own; and a legendary pack
of hounds has been terrorizing Boston's undercurrent. And
try as Evie might to deny the legacy that runs through her
blood, when the Hunt is called, the Hound must run . . .