Spelunking Through Hell by Seanan McGuire

InCryptid, Book 11

Synopsis: Love, noun:

1. An intense feeling of deep affection; may be romantic, filial or platonic.

Passion, noun:

1. A strong or barely controllable emotion.
2. Enthusiasm, interest, desire.
3. See also “obsession.”

It’s been fifty years since the crossroads caused the disappearance of Thomas Price, and his wife, Alice, has been trying to find him and bring him home ever since, despite the increasing probability that he’s no longer alive for her to find. Now that the crossroads have been destroyed, she’s redoubling her efforts. It’s time to bring him home, dead or alive.

Preferably alive, of course, but she’s tired, and at this point, she’s not that picky. It’s a pan-dimensional crash course in chaos, as Alice tries to find the rabbit hole she’s been missing for all these decades—the one that will take her to the man she loves.

Who are her allies? Who are her enemies? And if she manages to find him, will he even remember her at this point?

It’s a lot for one cryptozoologist to handle.

Review: I’m always curious to get into a new Seanan McGuire novel and I happily dove into this new novel.

This time, we follow Verity’s grandmother: Alice. She who has not aged because she goes from dimension to dimension to find her husband who has been missing for 50 years. Will she finally find him now that the crossroads have disappeared? This new quest may bring her what she has been searching for, but she will also discover revelations she would rather never have known.

I was curious to discover Alice’s story, but in the end I have to say that I found it harder to get hooked on this new novel. I found it less fast paced, but it may also be that we are moving away from the main plot with the Covenant and that the characters are perhaps less iconic than our three Prices.

Either way, it was a nice new volume and I can’t wait to see who we follow in the next one.

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