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Rogue Ghosts & Other Miscreants by Annette Marie, Rob Jacobsen
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Published by Tantor Audio on October 12, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours, 48 minutes
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As a former con-artist, I love a convoluted, mind-bending scheme as much as the next guy. But as a recently promoted MagiPol agent, I love it significantly less than that guy.
Especially when the life of a kidnapped teen hangs in the balance.
Between confusing orders and conflicting evidence, this whole investigation has me and my partner, Lienna, spinning in circles. Why is our boss keeping this case off the books? Why is our top suspect, the most notorious rogue in Vancouver, mired in contradictions? And why am I the only one who cares more about the victim than their own ulterior motives?
Everyone wants me to shut up and follow orders, but that’s not my style. I’ll do whatever it takes to save this kid—even if that means returning to my roguish roots.
I continued with the third book in the Guild Codex Warped. The overall story arc is connected and like most urban fantasy, I would read them in order. This one is somewhere in the middle of the Demonized series and before Spellbound ends also, in the overall Guild Codex Universe. It shows up as book 15, but Spellbound ends with book 12 and Demonized with book 13 and this is before those books in the overall story. I found this reading order on the author’s website and I believe it to be the correct one.
Kit and Lienna are now agents working cases for the MPD. Blythe takes them outside the department because she believes the MPD has a leak and has been compromised. She is sure Darius King is involved. Also, a series of teens have been kidnapped and then 3 adults. Kit is especially upset about the teens and how no one has found them or been following up well.
They follow up all the leads and Kit terrifies the suspects into talking. Things do seem to connect a lot to the Crow & Hammer. The MPD believes the Ghost, ie the Crystal Druid, is responsible for the kidnapping. They manage to track him down and not die. The Ghost says someone is framing him. They aren’t sure if they believe him but they work together to find the missing. The Ghost and Lienna are very distrustful of each other but Kit likes him and admires his abilities.
Many of the usual suspects show up like Vera, Darius King, and Robin Page, as well as the Ghost. We meet some new players too. Lienna is upset with Kit for the way he interrogates the witnesses and how he works with the Ghost. Kit feels as though she doesn’t trust him. He’s not physically harming anyone. But he comes to see how the emotional terror is perhaps a step too far. He continues to learn more about his own magic skills.
Kit and Lienna are in great danger on this case. They are up against the most skilled criminals in town. But they have some smart strategies with some help from Darius and the Ghost. It’s a great time to see these sort of newbie, underdogs win the fight. I love how fun this series is and blends with the rest of the universe.
I’ve enjoyed this narrator throughout the series. The voices are distinct and seem especially fitting for Kit who is our main perspective for the story. Both male and female voices were comfortable for me. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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