by Margaret Ronald
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Mel Jacob
Eos Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061662423
Date: 01 January 2010 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Margaret Ronald's Wild Hunt continues the adventures of Evie Scelan begun in Spiral Hunt. Having freed Boston from the control of the Fiana, a cabal controlling magic use, the power vacuum left creates a new set of problems. Others expect Evie to fill it, but she doesn't want the responsibility. Called upon by a Chinese merchant, Yuen, whose services she has used in the past, she is to witness his death and to verify the extinction of his father's spirit imprisoned in a sealed jar. She has no inkling of where this simple service will lead her.
Known as the Hound, for her acute sense of smell and her lineage to the fabled hound Sceolang of Finn MacCool, Evie can track anything. While not a magic user, she can sense the nature of others. With the death of Yuen, Evie needs a new person to supply the special ammunition needed for her gun. Ordinary ammunition won't handle the people and creatures hunted. Yuen's daughter Elizabeth introduces Evie to Reverend James Woodfin, a gunsmith who will supply the needed ammunition.
Evie works as a bike courier, but moonlights as a private investigator specializing in finding lost items and people. When a desperate woman, Abigail Huston, calls upon her to identify what her great-great-grandmother stole and to find to whom the item belongs, Evie's troubles escalate. To do so involves evoking a ghost. Risk accompanies such a transaction, especially for a blood relative.
Unbeknownst to Evie when she undertakes the task, she also encounters the ghost of an ancestor who was involved with a group of six hired to transport unspecified magical items from the West coast to Boston. The ghost attaches himself to her. She fails to contact the great-great-grandmother and flees for her life.
A feisty, foul-mouthed heroine, Evie must also fight her attraction to a friend, Nate Hunter. He is the one person she can share her fears and concerns with. However, he has unresolved issues of his own. In addition, she has not yet told him his young sister Katie has second-sight.
An accomplished author, Ronald takes Evie and the reader on a perilous journey. Unfortunately, Abigail's motivation doesn't bear close scrutiny and leaves astute readers disappointed in the end. Another adventure is planned.