The Market Arcanum by Margaret Dunlap
Published October 7th 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The first rule of the Market is you do not talk about the Market.
When a mysterious invite arrives in the mail and Father Menchu responds by whisking Sal off to Lichtenstein, the former cop is left on very new ground as she gets more than a glimpse at the broader world of magic users. Unfortunately, they are immediately confronted by a wealthy business man who is less upset about them blowing up his boat two episodes ago, as he is about them stealing his (sludge-demon releasing) book. When the three remaining Team members back in Rome suddenly find themselves under attack, Sal and Menchu are left scrambling for how to help and have to turn to the peculiar techno-cultists whose computers run on seahorses and have a pointed interest in the cop sister of their acquaintance Perry. Welcome to the Market Arcanum.
In this episode we got to know Father Menchu’s backstory while the priest and Sal were at the Market, a magic gathering.
As I read more episodes of this series, I get to know more characters and it shows me that their world is more complex than I thought.
It was really interesting to see the social structure of the Market, I wasn’t expecting any of this. The interaction between participants was really impressive and I loved the way Team Three handled what was happening in the Archives.
Rating: 4 stars