In this sequel to the Nebula Award–nominated and Tiptree Award Honor Book that New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire called “exciting, inventive, and brilliantly plotted,” Millie unwillingly returns to the Arcadia Project when an impossible and deadly situation pulls her back in.
Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner Teo to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, in a final visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss Caryl encounter Teo’s tormented ghost. But there’s one problem: according to Caryl, ghosts don’t exist.
Millie has a new life, a stressful job, and no time to get pulled back into the Project, but she agrees to tell her side of the ghost story to the agents from the Project’s National Headquarters. During her visit though, tragedy strikes when one of the agents is gruesomely murdered in a way only Caryl could have achieved. Millie knows Caryl is innocent, but the only way to save her from the Project’s severe, off-the-books justice is to find the mysterious culprits that can only be seen when they want to be seen. Millie must solve the mystery not only to save Caryl, but also to foil an insidious, arcane terrorist plot that would leave two worlds in ruins.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh, golly, was this book a pleasure to read. Yes, it was even better than the first book, and that one was excellent. I have a weakness for cranky, sometimes not so great for themselves, female protagonists and I grew even more fond of Millie during this story. I am hopeful she will catch a break in books to come (there WILL be books to come, right?).
Because of shipping delays, I only got this book yesterday, but I'm already more than 1/4 of the way through it. Maybe that doesn't mean anything to you by itself, but I read Very Slowly. I like to savor the shape of each word in my mouth. And boy am I savoring, but in that "this is so good I need to finish it RIGHT NOW" way.
If you liked BORDERLINE, I don't think I even need to be telling you how much you need this book in your life.
If you haven't read BORDERLINE, well, do yourself a favor and get that, too. Don't read the jacket copy on this book because spoilers. Just. Go. Read them. Seriously, why are you still here reading this? You could have finished a chapter of BORDERLINE or PHANTOM PAINS by now.
This one is just as compelling as Borderline, maybe even more so. It would be worth it for the main character alone, but Millie Roper is surrounded by a world that feels lived in by real characters.
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