Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, Book 1) by Seanan McGuire

By Seanan McGuire

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. issues that pass bump within the night... the cost relatives has spent generations learning the monsters of the area, operating to guard them from humanity-and humanity from them. input Verity rate. regardless of being knowledgeable from start as a cryptozoologist, she'd particularly dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a 12 months in new york whereas she pursues her occupation in specialist ballroom dance. Sounds lovely easy, correct? it'd be, if it weren't for the speaking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the educated monster-hunter despatched via the associated fee family's outdated enemies, the Covenant of St. George. while a cost lady meets a Covenant boy, excessive stakes, excessive heels, and many collateral harm are virtually assured. To complicate issues extra, neighborhood cryptids are disappearing, unusual lizard-men are showing within the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors a few dragon napping beneath the city...

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Good black suit, a little too small, clutched briefcase, freckles of gray in the hair. No rings. He did not seem startled or doubled over with desire as they sometimes were. He was calm, his answering smile measured and almost sweet, like a photograph of a soldier lost in a long-ago war. Coolly, without taking his dark eyes from hers, he turned over his left palm and rested it on the creamy brown edge of his briefcase. His hand was covered in a mark she first thought horrible—it snaked and snarled, black and swollen, where fortune-teller’s lines ought to have been.

At the end of each day they tell her all they have learned of living. It is necessary work. No family has been so often formally thanked by the city as hers. _______ On the other side of the street: a fortune-teller’s shop. Palm fronds cross before the door. Inside are four red chairs with four lustral basins before them, filled with ink, swirling and black. Orlande lumbers in, a woman wrapped in ragged fox fur. Her head amid heaps of scarves is that of a frog, mottled green and bulbous-eyed. A licking pink tongue keeps its place in her wide mouth.

It folds itself, origami-exact, in midair: it has papery eyes, inky feathers, vellum claws. It stares down the long avenues, searching for mice. This is the life cycle of Palimpsest fauna. Yumiko leans against the door post, holding her arms out like a sister who had never hoped to see her dear one again. She is not wearing her schoolgirl’s dress any longer, but a red scrap that clings to her waist like a spool of yarn pulled tighter than breathing. With a local girl’s surety she guides Sei inside—a little scalloped bell chimes, and Imogen looks up from her parchments with a stern face, her black hair soft around a neck just slightly too long for a woman to wear in company.

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