Phantom Pains : Arcadia Project

  • by Mishell Baker
  • Narrated by Arden Hammersmith
  • Series: Arcadia Project
  • 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the Nebula Award-nominated and Tiptree Award Honor Book that New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire called "exciting, inventive, and brilliantly plotted", Millie unwillingly returns to the Arcadia Project when an impossible and deadly situation pulls her back in.
Four months ago Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner, Teo, to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, in a final visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss, Caryl, encounter Teo's tormented ghost. But there's one problem: According to Caryl, ghosts don't exist.
Millie has a new life, a stressful job, and no time to get pulled back into the Project, but she agrees to tell her side of the ghost story to the agents from the Project's national headquarters. During her visit, though, tragedy strikes when one of the agents is gruesomely murdered in a way only Caryl could have achieved. Millie knows Caryl is innocent, but the only way to save her from the Project's severe off-the-books justice is to find the mysterious culprits that can be seen only when they want to be seen. Millie must solve the mystery not only to save Caryl but also to foil an insidious, arcane terrorist plot that would leave two worlds in ruins.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent follow up to an excellent book

What made the experience of listening to Phantom Pains the most enjoyable?

I identified with the characters even though they in no way reflect who I am, which is something. I think the first person narration helps with that instead of hindering it. The character is so intensely self aware of her own problems and how she is broken that I wish that I could be that good at identifying my own crazy and how it impacts my life and my decisions. And for being an Urban Fantasy, and leaning on times and places I know well (So Cal) I still enjoyed the feel of the book, and it's narrative setting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The book never really took the easy extra turn. People would throw out solutions to the problems being faced by the characters that would be fixed in most books. 'Oh we need to kill the fairy queen, but she can only be killed by a viable female, and whoever kills her takes her place' and a character offers to fall on that grenade... And then doesn't do it. I really enjoyed that. Almost everyone is actualized. This book actually explains the actions of the bad guy of the LAST BOOK and makes her back story more interesting. It is a fascinating piece of writing.

What does Arden Hammersmith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She voices the character so well. I've never heard anything else she's done, but for me she is Millie, in the same way that the Narrator who does A Distant Mirror is now the voice of Barbara Tuchman.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

After ten thousand years the queen of evil is back, and she's pissed, and the only thing standing between her and the destruction of all human and fairy kind is a young amputee with Borderline Personality Disorder...

Any additional comments?

This was awesome.

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- Michael S. Labrow

Just Keeps Getting Better

Where does Phantom Pains rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The series as a whole is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The fresh take on the classic Urban Fantasy with a character that has depth and nuance is wonderful!

What other book might you compare Phantom Pains to and why?

The Dresden Files or the Russian Night Watch series for the urban fantasy elements. The psychological elements remind me a lot of The Stranger by Albert Camus

Which scene was your favorite?

Spoilers? Honestly, the culmination / climax was the best scene for me. I love how the author has a talent for presenting an ending that is unexpected and a-typical. I was all prepared for a "final boss fight" and the author found a way to tell the story with out going this cliche'd route. It was brilliant.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt like I could really understand the emotions the character was going through which is a great credit to the author's wonderful ability to present the difficulties of Borderline Personality Disorder and the techniques used to address it. The story was definitely an emotional one which is hard to do in fantasy novels

Any additional comments?

Nothing but high praise. This series feels is a great entry into the genre but with its own unique spin. I will be recommending this to all my friends.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio