This is a ghost story. If you’re not comfortable with that– if you like the lines between the living and the dead to be a little more cleanly drawn– this is your chance to bail. This is also a love story, in a sideways sort of way, and a story about second chances you never wanted and can’t refuse. It’s my story.
My name is Rose.
Rose Marshall is still running the Ghost Roads. She’s the Girl in the Green Silk Gown, the Phantom Prom Date, the Woman in the Diner, and the Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road. She’s a myth and a mystery and a cautionary tale. Bobby Cross ran her off the road in 1952 and is still after the one who got away. She survived her run in with him in the first book in the series, Sparrow Hill Road, but that doesn’t mean he’s given up on taking her soul.
In the second book in the Ghost Roads series, Seanan McGuire picks up pretty close to where the second book left off. Rose and Gary are trying to figure out how to be together… albeit, as much as a 16 yr old girl who has been a ghost for 60 years and a man who figured out how to put his soul into a car in order to spend eternity with his dead girlfriend can be together. It’s pretty much Rose driving him around and Gary talking to her through slammed car doors, horns, and songs on the radio. But Rose doesn’t care, she’s happy to have her boyfriend back and to spend time with him at the Last Dance Diner.
Then she finds herself summoned in a ritual by a routewitch on behalf of Bobby Cross and suddenly all the protections granted her in the first book are smeared away. Now she finds herself on the run, trying to figure out how to regain her blessing from Persephone and avoid coming into contact with Bobby. It seems this time he’s figured out the perfect snare and Rose discovers what her worst nightmare really is, returning to the land of the living after 60 years.
Seanan McGuire has become an auto buy author for me. I simply adore her voice and imagination. The Ghost Roads series is part ghost story, part urban fantasy, 100% awesome. After the sometimes rambling, meandering narration of the first book, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown gets down to business pretty quickly. Rose is sucked from the twilight and into the land of the living at the very beginning and figures out pretty quickly that something is terribly wrong. From there the entirety of the story is Rose trying to regain her protections, avoid Bobby, and return to her life on the ghost roads. Readers finally get to meet Gary as a man, and see Rose team up with her mortal enemy from the first book, Laura, along with her allies Emma, the bean sidhe owner of the Last Dance, and Apple, Queen of the Routewitches. Rose will journey across the United States, along the Ocean Lady and through the gate into the Underworld. It’s a long trip, and there were a few times I wanted the pacing to speed up a bit, but I enjoyed it immensely.
Seanan McGuire has created such an interesting world. I hope to visit with Rose, Gary, and the gang again in the near future. Final Grade-B
This is where I belong. The road. The endless road.