Published by Gollancz on 30 August 2012
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
The Shifting Price of Prey is book four in the Spellcrackers.com series, and Genny is still strong and always busy with solving the latest problems that arise in paranormal London. She has some good friends who can help her out, and there are several humorous moments when her spells either crack too early, or she messes something up completely. We learn more about the fey, and there is an old enemy who shows up in the flesh...
The Shifting Price of Prey picked up a few months after the end of The Bitter Seed of Magic, and Genny is herself – business as usual. There is a lot of humor in this book, and I love the laugh-out-loud moments it helped me have even if it’s sometimes a little weird trying to explain to people why I’m laughing when I’m sitting with my kindle…
The story isn’t all light and romance, though. Genny has to face her strongest fears, both in dreamscape and in the real world. She also has a lot more emotional and romantic tangles than in previous books, and it has something to do with the trapped fertility, even if she and everybody else thought that part was already dealt with.
There is at least one new player who turns out to be very dangerous to Genny and her physical and emotional well-being. And the plot points are truly impossible to figure out. I am shaking my head after having finished reading it all, and I am still wondering just where I could have gotten any clues to realize what was going to happen, but I can’t find any!
I love how strong Genny is, both when she has to be, and also when she’s just doing her normal everyday things. She has her head screwed on right, and even if she doesn’t get everything right all the time, she is still able to think things through – most of the time *grin* Her friends are hilarious, and the things they fantasize about are excellent – the way Genny finds out about it is well done, too!Finn and Malik are both very nice male specimens, but I have to say I think I prefer Malik, even if he is both flawed and a little scary. He still has a special something, and I think he’s strong enough to be a real partner to Genny.
The writing is excellent, and Genny’s voice is just as usual, it feels like running into a good friend I haven’t seen in a while, but as soon as we start chatting, it’s as if we had spent time together only a few days ago.
I am a little surprised by the ending though, without getting into anything spoilerish, I would have thought that either Genny or Malik would have been able to make sure the agreement that had to be made should have had at least a small loophole, even if I am absolutely certain that book 5 in the series will be extremely exciting, and probably also so full of twists and turns I will never see where it’s taking me until I’m already there. However, I am still left with the feeling that if a detail in the ending had been different, I would have been completely and fully satisfied.
This book has all that a paranormal story with fae, vamps and weres should have, and the mystery really had me from start to finish. A definite rec from me – if you like a smart heroine, magic, fights and trolls on your side, this is something to get your hands on as soon as it’s out. And if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you most definitely should!