This review includes all the free stories that have been narrated by Alice Healy and Thomas Price, stories by other narrators will be reviewed separately.
Entire Incryptid Series:
14 Jonathan Healy & Frances Brown Short Stories (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
2 Alice Healy & Thomas Price Short Stories (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
Midnight Blue-Light Special
4 Antimony Price Short Stories (Read some for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
3 Istas and Ryan Short Stories (Read most for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
1 Sarah Zellaby and Arthur Harrington Short Story (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
5 Verity Price & Dominic De Luca Stories (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
1 Elsie Harrington Short Story (Short Story in the Shadowed Souls anthology)
Magic for Nothing
Ghost Stories Series:
(Stories are set in the Incryptid World)
Sparrow Hill Road
Train Yard Blues (Short Story in the Coins of Chaos anthology)
The Ghosts of Bourbon Street (Crossover Short Story with Verity from the Incryptid series free on Seanan McGuire's website)
Short Stories narrated by Alice Healy and Thomas Price (circa 1954-):
(Unless otherwise stated all stories are available for free on the author's website)
The Way Home
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The Way Home
Thomas Price is a man still paying for his past. He's smart enough to understand that his assignment is essentially an exile, and has enough of a sense of self-preservation not to argue. Those who vex the Covenant of St. George rarely live long enough to explain themselves. At least in Buckley Township, he'll be far away from danger...unless you're counting Alice Healy.
Worlds will collide and a new story will begin as Thomas Price arrives in his new home, and Alice Healy does her best to stay alive long enough to say hello for the first time.
Thomas Price has been sent to Buckley by the Covenant of St. George to spy on the Healy family and report back to them. What they don't realise is that he's been questioning the Covenant's way of doing things for a long time now and he'd much rather join the Healys than spy on them. Thomas knows that the Healys aren't going to welcome a member of the Covenant with open arms but he's determined to find a way to prove that he's not a threat to them.
Alice Healy is sixteen and can't wait to get out into the world and explore it but her father is incredibly overprotective which makes life difficult. She just wanted to have an adventure when she sneaked off into the woods but she soon finds herself in over her head and starts to wonder if she's made a huge mistake. Luckily she's inherited her mother's skill with weapons and she won't go down without a fight.
This is currently the only story available about Thomas and Alice but they've been mentioned in the main books in the Incryptid series (they're Verity's grandparents) so I'm really hoping that Seanan McGuire is planning more stories about them, especially given the hints we've had about something major that happened to Thomas before Verity was even born. I'd absolutely love a little series of short stories about this couple just like we got about Fran and Jonathan, this story covers their first meeting but not much beyond that so there is definitely plenty more to tell.
It was nice to see Alice as a teenager, she definitely takes after her mother and is so full of life and ready for adventure. I thought it was really sad to see how miserable Jonathan still is though, it's understandable that he's overprotective but he really does take it too far and I felt quite sorry for Alice because of the way he treats her like a baby. I think Thomas is going to make a great addition to the family but I really do want to know more about him, this is only a very short intro to his character and as part of a mini-series it'll be wonderful but I don't think it works quite so well as a standalone.
I'm totally addicted to this series now though so I'm looking forward to getting to know some of the other short story narrators while I wait in hope for more about these two.
The Lay of the Land
Unable to understand why her ever-tolerant father wants her to write off a newcomer as dangerous solely because of his origins, Alice Healy has set herself on a collision course with Thomas Price--a man who needs companionship, answers, and someone to guide him through the tangled ecosystems of the local wood, where the unwary go in, but don't come out.
It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and a new chapter in the story of the Healy family. Assuming that Alice can get Thomas through the woods alive, and Mary can convince Alice not to get Thomas murdered by her father.
I'm so excited that Seanan McGuire decided to write another story about Alice and Thomas, I'm actually hoping that she'll write a whole series of shorts about their early years together just like we got for Fran and Jonathan. Then I'm hoping we get at least one full length book about Alice's search for him and their eventual reunion. Come on she's GOT to find him eventually right?
Anyway, this story is set not long after Thomas arrived in Buckley. Jonathan is still convinced that he's there to do them harm on behalf of the Covenant but Alice and Enid aren't so sure and Alice is far too curious to stay away no matter how many warnings Jonathan gives her. Besides, if she doesn't introduce Thomas to the local Cryptids then he'll probably end up accidentally getting himself eaten by one of them.
I think it's really sad to see how much Jonathan has changed since he lost Fran, it's understandable that he feels extra protective but he is totally stifling Alice so it's no wonder she's rebelling against him. I just wish Jonathan and Fran's story had turned out differently but I do think his reaction to things is fairly realistic. Hopefully he'll lighten up a bit when he starts to get to know Thomas a bit but I don't think it'll be easy to win him around. As far as Alice and Thomas go I like seeing the two of them together, she's only sixteen (he's twenty-six) so there is nothing in the way of romance between them yet but I'm hoping we'll get the chance to see them develop feelings for each other.