February 17, 2009: New To Me In 2009 – Margaret Ronald

So far, I haven’t really talked about any of the books I’ve read by new-to-me-in-2009 authors. A lot of that is due to a serious inability to focus enough to give a synopsis of the book and then to articulate what I thought and why.

Today is an attempt to remedy that.

I initally picked up Margaret Ronald’s Spiral Hunt when I was at Borders buying something else. The opening grabbed me:

No one ever calls in the middle of the night if they have good news. You’d think I’d remember that and not answer the phone after, say, midnight.

However, I didn’t have enough money for both books, and the other was a planned expense, so it had priority. However, the next time I went to the bookstore, I had money to burn, and Spiral Hunt was one of the books I burned it on.

Evie Scelan is a bike courier in Boston who has a magical gift. She can find things that are lost, following their scent. Living and working on the borderline between magical and unmagical Boston, she tries to stay out of trouble, but of course trouble finds her.

One of my favorite books is Emma Bull’s The War for the Oaks and I’m a big fan of Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series. This is relevant because there’s something about Evie that makes me think of Mercy — her courage, her grit, her level-headed desire to avoid unnecessary trouble combined with a willingness to face trouble head-on when it becomes necessary. Her world — a place where Celtic legends intersect a major US city — reminds me of Bull’s Minneapolis.

I work in Boston and I can be very fussy about stories set in Boston and NE Massachusetts. This one worked for me. I recognized and could picture the places Evie goes to.

All in all, it was a very satisfying read. It appears to be the start of a series, which makes me very happy. I can’t wait for the next volume.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Renee
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 00:00:12

    I haven’t heard of this author before, but I love both the Mercy Thompson series and War for the Oaks. This book sounds like something I definitely need to check out!


  2. katycooper
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 19:39:54

    I thought it was fabulous. I hope it gets a good readership — it deserves it.


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