The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod. Book review

The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod. Gollancz. ‘12.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Magical PI Genevieve (Genny) Taylor ‘ the half Sidhe/half vampire hero of previous volumes ‘ is tipped into fresh controversy as the Fae community fall over themselves to alternately court and/or kidnap her. Why? Because Genny, as the only Sidhe female in London, may lift the curse that has condemned London‘s Fae community to a childless decline. How? By bearing a child by one of the London Fae.

In this book dead faelings (half breed faes) are found floating face-down in the Thames. Is somebody is trying to break the curse without her by sacrificing these girls? Genny, and her boss at Spellcracker.com, are set to investigate.

Plenty of scope for rampant sex, one would have thought. Though sex is discussed in great depth, and implied at every turn, there is surprisingly little in the way of ‘getting down and dirty’.

The plots and counter plots are mind bogglingly intricate as Genny, for very obvious reasons, finds herself navigating her way through all of this to find a method of lifting the curse. Genny begins to disinter some of the dark secrets in her family tree and the reasons why she is so valuable to her friends and foes alike.

I liked this book immensely. Complex plots are something I love, though I found the explanatory narration was occasionally so convoluted it brought ‘the vessel with the pestle’ to mind. I did feel some of the sexual tension scenes in the last quarter, though evocative and well written, could have been shorter, as they did slow the action at a rather crucial point. Never the less, these things are minor.

The Bitter Seed of Magic is a real page-turner with good characterisations and expertly drawn senses of time and place. I read this in one sitting which has to be a good sign. Recommended for all the urban and para-rom fantasy crew.

The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod. Gollancz. ‘12.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Magical PI Genevieve (Genny) Taylor ‘ the half Sidhe/half vampire hero of previous volumes ‘ is tipped into fresh controversy as the Fae community fall over themselves to alternately court and/or kidnap her. Why? Because Genny, as the only Sidhe female in London, may lift the curse that has condemned London‘s Fae community to a childless decline. How? By bearing a child by one of the London Fae.

In this book dead faelings (half breed faes) are found floating face-down in the Thames. Is somebody is trying to break the curse without her by sacrificing these girls? Genny, and her boss at Spellcracker.com, are set to investigate.

Plenty of scope for rampant sex, one would have thought. Though sex is discussed in great depth, and implied at every turn, there is surprisingly little in the way of ‘getting down and dirty’.

The plots and counter plots are mind bogglingly intricate as Genny, for very obvious reasons, finds herself navigating her way through all of this to find a method of lifting the curse. Genny begins to disinter some of the dark secrets in her family tree and the reasons why she is so valuable to her friends and foes alike.

I liked this book immensely. Complex plots are something I love, though I found the explanatory narration was occasionally so convoluted it brought ‘the vessel with the pestle’ to mind. I did feel some of the sexual tension scenes in the last quarter, though evocative and well written, could have been shorter, as they did slow the action at a rather crucial point. Never the less, these things are minor.

The Bitter Seed of Magic is a real page-turner with good characterisations and expertly drawn senses of time and place. I read this in one sitting which has to be a good sign. Recommended for all the urban and para-rom fantasy crew.