cover image Free Agent

Free Agent

J.C. Nelson. Ace, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-27267-1

Marissa Locks goes into magical debt slavery to save her sister’s life, becoming an agent for a powerful fairy named Grimm, who appears through mirrors and other reflective objects. Her normal work includes chasing down thieves of magic objects, rescuing human children from wolves, and setting up princes to fall in love with well-paying princesses. Then she falls in love with one of her targets and angers an evil fairy godmother, a prince disappears, and the superpowerful fae prepare to go to war with humans. Marissa hopes only to stay alive, ideally keeping her soul and sanity. Her own happy ending seems impossibly out of reach. What begins as a deceptively cutesy urban fantasy soon ups the ante with the gathering darkness and sharp details of the ongoing price of magical servitude. This is a fireball of a start to Nelson’s Grimm Agency series. (Aug.)