Ronald's debut is extremely promising. Evie Scelan is an engaging and sympathetic protagonist, the plot is watertight and the worldbuilding is solid enough to withstand multiple forays into Evie's life. Readers will likely enjoy this book, especially those who are familiar with Boston and its traditions.
Evie, also known as "Hound" due to her supernatural ability to track nearly anything, knows better than to get mixed up in Boston's magical underworld -- until she gets a phone call from a long-ago lover and feels compelled to find out what happened to him.
Pulled into the shadowy world of the Fiana, Evie finds herself in over her head in a web of intrigue and magic that's intertwined with the very fabric of the city. Fighting for her life, Evie must come to terms with what she is in order to survive. (EOS, Feb., 320 pp., $7.99)