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This was a great novel, full of action, a smidgen of romance, and an interesting take on summer and winter fairies. Summer fairies survive by stealing life; winter fairies gain power by feeding off pain and anger. Ivy is a human who was taken during the fairy invasion and later escaped. She has lived for the last 10 years as a freelance hitman against fairies, but now she suddenly finds that she cannot ignore other children suddenly missing.
It is an intricate plot, well-written. However, there is one event near the end which leaves a logical hole. Ivy stole her magic from a fairy to escape the fairy realm, but she does not steal the summer elf's magic when she wins a duel? According to the author's own rules, the winner takes the power. Therefore, since she was a human with the unusual ability to take power like an elf, she should have absorbed the summer elf's power. Otherwise, I would have given the ebook 5 stars, because the story left me wanting to read more of this universe.
The PLOT is solid, though it is a standard that has been done before. Ms. Adams puts her own touch on it with the mixture of the human and supernatural races barely coexisting, creating tensions that feel natural and allow for additional subplots and color. While I didn’t catch any holes, the storyline was somewhat predictable and the ending felt miraculous, or at the very least, a solution once the plot was painted into the corner.
Ms. Adams has a number of CHARACTERS in the story, which is told in first person through the eyes of Ivy. I liked the character of the Mage Lord Vance Colton and would have preferred to see Isabel (Ivy’s roommate) and Drake (Colton’s second-in-command) fleshed out, although the author may be performing this task in future books. Ivy is your typical snarky female character, sassy and insulting both in thoughts and words. While this type of character is extremely popular nowadays, Ms. Adams’ decision to permit Ivy to mentally second-guess her decisions all the time allows the character to appear more human than arrogant.
I considered WORLD-BUILDING the book’s five-star element. Although the first few pages felt like a tsunami of information, the author has crafted a background that effectively explains the relationships between the different races, guilds, and professions.
OVERALL, while predictable at times, “Faerie Blood” is an interesting debut to Ms. Adams’ Changeling Chronicles series. Those who prefer their books to be obscenity-free zones may take issue with Ivy, whose language is seasoned with vulgarities. I found the book to be a quick read and am considering reading the next book, “Faerie Magic.” Four stars.