- File Size: 2013 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Low Orbit Publications; 2nd edition (June 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008E77H5W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Faerie Blood (The Free Court of Seattle Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book starts off with a bang, but unfortunately, it doesn’t follow through. The story has an interesting premise: Kendis is a half-fae/half human whose magical powers begin to wake up and that brings trouble. Kendis is also a mixed race woman, who works in a computer company, and is basically a giant geek. I was intrigued with the mix of themes and especially fascinated by the take on technology and magic
While I liked Kendis and the other characters, I felt the dialogue and the plot itself was rather weak. The dialogue felt … I’m not sure how to put this, contrived? It just didn’t flow and jarred me. The plot itself bogs down near the halfway point and I felt like for most of the middle of the novel didn’t go anywhere. The main character and her friends were constantly waiting the danger out. So it’s just characters stuck in a house discussing the dangers without really doing anything. Sometimes the side-characters left and we were waiting for them to come back. Ugh.
I can't say I was able to focus when the action started happening. I was just no longer interested. I skimmed the last half of the book. I wish her uncle's motives were made a bit more clear in the beginning of the novel and woven into the story better. Maybe that would have kept my attention better.
Kendis is an engaging main character with a distinctive voice that made me like her at once. In addition, the author is highly skilled at putting together a sentence. A couple of times I had to go back and reread something just because I loved how it was stated (the first sentence of the novel was one of those times).
The setting of the novel is vivid. The secondary characters are all well-drawn, and I laughed aloud several times while reading. In fact, I'm already impatient with this review because I just bought the sequel and can hardly wait to read it! ;)
If you're a computer geek, a fantasy nerd, a music lover, or a fan of the Pacific Northwest, you'll love this novel. And if you're fond of Faerie stories, you'll devour this novel as quickly as I did.
If you like a good urban fantasy, with a diverse and sympathetic cast of characters, a modern sensibility, a healthy dose of both tech and music geekery, and a touch of burgeoning romance, you'll love this book.
If you like all of the above AND you live in or near Seattle (like I do) you'll LOVE this book. I have read several books that are supposedly set here that made glaring mistakes in the details of the setting, jarring me out of the story. This story is crafted with all the love and attention to those aspects and doesn't make the smallest misstep to interrupt your enjoyment of the tale
And speaking of attention to the details, Ms Korra'ti didn't release this until it was well and carefully edited. I have found this to be appallingly rare since I added e-books into my voracious reading menu, and I am delighted when I run across an exceptional offering like Faerie Blood.
In fine, buy this book.
I am also given to understand that the second installment in this series has just been released. It's titled Bone Walker and is at the top of my "must buy" list. I suspect once you read Faerie Blood you'll put Bone Walker in the same place on your list.