SFF

Imaginary Numbers

DAW. (InCryptid, Bk. 9). Feb. 2020. 449p. ISBN 9780756413781. pap. $7.99. FANTASY
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It has been five years since Sarah Zellaby nearly destroyed her mind saving her cousin, Verity Price, from the Covenant of St. George. Five years of staying isolated with her adoptive parents, recovering, and reclaiming the telepathic power she holds as a Johrlac, a cuckoo, a predator from another dimension, one that is no more human than a parasitic wasp. Now, she is heading to Portland, OR, to see the rest of her family, especially Artie, the half-incubus adopted cousin she loves. Who probably loves her back. But she can’t think about that now. For it seems that there are other cuckoos in the area, and the fierce territoriality of the species means that Sarah and her family could be in trouble. The cuckoos have come for Sarah—and they want her to send them home. Her telepathic, mathematical skills drive a high-stakes, high-action story with the fate of the world in Price family hands—as usual.
VERDICT The ninth “InCryptid”novel is recommended for most collections. While not a good starting point for the series, it centers on series favorite Sarah and dives into a cryptid angle that fans have been waiting for with the Johrlac. Also included is the novella “Follow the Lady,” about Antinomy Price’s journey home after That Ain’t Witchcraft.

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