McGuire kicks off a new series with a smart-mouthed, engaging heroine and a city full of fantastical creatures. This may seem like familiar ground to McGuire fans, but she makes New York her own, twisting the city and its residents into curious shapes that will leave you wanting more. Verity’s voice is strong and sure as McGuire hints at a deeper history, one that future volumes will hopefully explore.
Verity Price is a cryptozoologist, protecting the curious creatures of this world rather than hunting them to extinction — unlike members of the Covenant. All things being equal, she would much rather be dancing, but finds herself in a tango of a different sort when Covenant agent Dominic De Luca turns up. Is he responsible for the disappearance of local cryptids, or is there something more dangerous lurking in the city, snatching them away? Verity and Dominic must team up to discover the truth, which may rest at the end of a path strewn with gorgons, yeti and chupacabra, oh my! (DAW, Mar., 312 pp., $7.99)