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Soul Hunt, Margaret Ronald 12 February 2021

2010 urban fantasy, third of the trilogy. After the events of the previous book, Evie Scelan is getting by, just barely, but things are gradually getting worse. Even her power to track down lost objects seems to be fading.

This is very much a continuation of events from the earlier books, so it's probably not a good place to start the series; there's some recapping, but not in much detail. The basic environment is the same as before: Celtic myth, modern Boston, and the ways they interact. (And this time we do get back to some actual Boston landmarks, to my mind rather missing from book 2; in particular quite a bit of the action happens among the islands in and near the harbour.)

As before it takes a while for things to get going, or rather for Evie to work out the direction in which they're going and try to do something about it. But there's rather more personal and social development than before, or rather it can finally be allowed to happen: Evie has friends who are willing to help her, and she ries to find a balance between not letting them in at all (her previous approach) and getting them too deeply involved in a magical world that seems to dirty everything it touches. Or rather, once you get a sniff of magical power you tend to want more or at least to keep having it, and the things you do for that aren't entirely compatible with living a normal life; which is awkward when the young niece of Evie's boyfriend is clearly developing power of her own…

It's still not the shock to the system that the first book was, but it's a step up from the second and a solid conclusion to the series. It's urban fantasy done right rather than falling back on exotic sexiness. Recommended by Tim Emrick.

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