Backpacking Through Bedlam

DAW. (InCryptid, Bk. 12). Mar. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780756418571. pap. $17. FANTASY
Alice Price-Healy has been reunited with her husband, Thomas, after 50 years of searching dimensions for him. Returning hundreds of other people trapped by the Crossroads in a dying dimension finally ends, and Alice and Thomas can go home. Sure, they are going home with Thomas’s adopted daughter, Sally, and a lot of decades of baggage still not unpacked, but they can finally take some time to relax—or not. For the Covenant has declared war on the family, and they are willing, eager in fact, to kill every cryptid between them. Now in New York, Thomas and Sally must find a way to support the cryptids who are in hiding from the Covenant, kick them back across the ocean once again, and repair the damage that has been done with their long absence. Numerous family and friends are featured in the book from previous novels and stories, showing McGuire’s detailed worldbuilding and the intertwined lives of her characters.
VERDICT Following on Spelunking Through Hell, this latest installment in the “InCryptid” series continues to highlight the fast action, delightful cryptids and the gloriously dysfunctional family dynamics the Prices are known for. Urban fantasy fans will rejoice.
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