- 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: #241,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Faerie Blood (The Free Court of Seattle Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
There's also plenty of action. Korra'ti doesn't waste a lot of time on exposition, choosing instead to let her characters show themselves through their own words and choices. There's no playing catch-up with background, and the characters are every bit as surprised as the reader when weirdness goes down. And a lot of weirdness goes down.
My favorite aspect of the story was the deep thread of affection - the characters' genuine love and respect for each other, love of music, love of home. If you've ever truly loved where you live, this tale will strike a resonant chord with you as it did with me - while scaring you out of your wits and maybe making you miss your stop on the subway.