I've been reading these two series side by side, and have been enjoying both of them.
The October Daye books are definitely darker in tone and even though the characters include the King of Cats, various fae, shifters etc, they follow all the tropes you would expect from a typical novel about a private detective. Angst-ridden loner? Check. Gets hit on head by unknown assailant? Check. A socking great clue staring her in the face but she just can't see it? Check and check.
To be honest, Toby isn't the best PI in the business. She misses a hell of a lot of clues and that means there can be an alarmingly high body count before she finally realizes what's going on. But she did spend 14 years living in a fishpond so I suppose I should cut her a little slack.
The InCryptid books about the Price family are much lighter, and I like how McGuire swaps between the Price siblings. Verity is great. Alex sometimes seems out of his depth, and I'm really looking forward to getting to read about Antimony's adventures.
“Growing up in my family meant ambushes on your birthday, crossbows for Christmas, and games of dodge ball where the balls were occasionally rigged to explode. It also meant learning how to work your way out of a wide variety of death traps. Failure to get loose on your own could lead to missing dinner, or worse, being forced to admit that you missed dinner because your baby sister had tied you to the couch. Again.”
But you can't talk about the InCryptid books without mentioning the Aeslin mice. They are the best thing ever.
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