Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire is the first major novel in the InCryptid series. I picked this book up after reading the Shadowed Souls Short Story Collection because I wanted to explore more Urban Fantasy closely related to the Dresden Files.
Discount Armageddon is centred around Verity Price in New York. It is written in the first person and you quickly become aware that the world that Verity sees is different to everyone else. She believes in the supernatural and the other creatures that most humans want to ignore. She belongs to a Family that has been presumed dead after their betrayal to want to irradicate these being to preserve human existence. The Prices are of the belief that not all supernatural beings are a threat and deserve to be able to live among humans as such, even contributing to the ecosystem in order to keep it all functioning as intended.
Discount Armageddon is mainly centred around Manhatten where a representative of the Convent comes to town to evaluate if there needs to be a Purge. This was an interesting twist as Cryptids were going missing at about the same time Dominic came to town. I really did enjoy the story because well it was difficult to get into compared to the Dresden Files because the way the history of the story was dripped into the story instead of being part of the initial chapter. Once the back story was established it was very fast paced and had you wanting to read more. The first couple of chapters left me a little confused because I knew Verity was a Price but I didn’t really know what that meant unlike Dresden where the opening paragraph of the Dresden Files was I am the only Private Investigator Wizard in Chicago so it gave you a base to work from.
I gave Discount Armageddon 4/5 on Goodreads because the only negative was feeling a little lost at the beginning not really understanding what being a Price meant to give it context. Other than that I would highly recommend this book moving on from the Dresden Files seems very natural and look forward to moving on through the series.