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This was supposed to be my half hour bedside read before going off to sleep, but by the time I closed my kindle, I realized I had finished the book and it was 2am.
The story about humans and fae caught my fancy. The book coasted on my imagination as it narrated the realms of fae world intersecting with humans. War between the two had ended a decade ago, and they lived in an uncomfortable truce with the imposed rules after signing the peace treaty. But soon murders occurred, and Alex Blackwood, thought to be human but actually a half-fae, lost her best friend. With pure blood fae, Kai, she was forced into this investigation to get back a sealed artefact which would destroy world completely.
The author L. R. Braden, in her debut, has narrated a fascinating world. Alex, the main character, who liked to be alone, surprisingly had many who genuinely cared for her including her Cat. Every chapter showed how she was slowly embroiled in this whole quest. Her emotions coursed between pain and anger which sometimes felt off but was understandable. There were times I wished she would grow up, my only grouse. Past and present was mixed with rules of magic. World building added its own mystic aura. Braden’s writing made it all easy to understand.
Few moments of choppy writing gave way to smooth action scenes and new twists. Romance was hinted at but thankfully didn’t take over the story. Creatures other than fae and humans were amalgamated smoothly into the plot.
I never expected that this urban fantasy would take over my sleeping time, but I was so glad it did. It was hypnotic and exciting, and the action scenes caused me to imagine myself in that role. Blasting fun!
I received a free ARC from Maia and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. A Drop of Magic is her first novel.
With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae.
Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future.
Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive.
Publication Date: 31st July 2019