Book Review: 3 Free Shorts by Seanan McGuire

Posted August 8, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the author as a free story in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: 3 Free Shorts by Seanan McGuire

Black as Blood, Blocked, White as a Raven's Wing


Seanan McGuire

It is part of the , , series and is a urban fantasy that was published by the author and has 69 pages.


Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Home Improvement: Undead Edition, Indexing, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Half-Off Ragnarok, Midway Relics and Dying Breeds, Games Creatures Play, The Winter Long, Sparrow Hill Road, The InCryptid Prequels, Pocket Apocalypse, The Ghosts of Bourbon Street, IM, "Good Girls Go to Heaven", A Red Rose Chain, "Full of Briars", Reflections, Once Broken Faith, "Dreams and Slumbers", Shadowed Souls, Chaos Choreography, Magic For Nothing, Indigo, Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, The Brightest Fell, "Of Things Unknown"

It’s three free short stories (PDF, MOBI, and ePUB) that occur between Midnight Blue-Light Special, 2, and Half-Off Ragnarok, 3, in Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid urban fantasy series; see the chronological listing of the InCryptid books on my website for the complete list.


“Blocked”, 2.1
“Black as Blood”, 2.5
“White as a Raven’s Wing”, 2.6

The Short Stories


“It’s nice to meet the people we never expected to become.”

It’s a hard life for a young girl, and this is very informative as to why Antimony is such an angry, angry teen, and I cannot blame her. It’s her cousin Elsie who will introduce her to her next love, the viciousness of which fits right in with her childhood upbringing.

“Black as Blood”

It’s the first time Ryan has brought a girl home to meet his family, and he’s tense. He’s tanuki, she’s waheela, and a tanuki must mate and have children to build their species back up after the Covenant massacres.

The story is useful information, but definitely NOT one of my favorites. I suspect it’s that bitch of a mother. It is an interesting introduction to waheela culture.

“White as a Raven’s Wing”

Awww, Ryan asks Izzy to marry him, and she’ll “return the favor” from “Black as Blood” by taking him home to meet her family.

Izzy is so cute, in her big wolf-bear waheela person. Her Lolita-style clothing. Her stilted speech. Her very literal interpretation of anything said to her.

Waheela culture also seems to be very poetic as Izzy goes all mystical at the drop of a hat. It’s a fascinating contrast with waheela culture and Izzy herself. And waheela culture is, well, disgusting is a mild word. Really makes you appreciate what Izzy has done to fit in in New York.