Free Review, freely given book by Netgalley.
Title: A Drop of Magic
Author: L. R. Braden
Publisher: Bellebooks, inc / Bell Bridge Books
Publish Day: July 31, 2019 — def can purchase this.
Description off of Netgalley:
The Magicsmith, Book 1
The war isn’t over . . .
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.
Author Bio: 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.
“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” -Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series.
A Drop of Magic MINI WEEKEND REVIEW:
Urban fantasy that is an interesting murder mystery. Felt incomplete world-building wise but that could have been purposefully constructed as this is the first in the series. I know many stories where you do not find out everything about the fantasy world, situation or people until you’re further into the series… so there is still interest in the world building as you move along with the series.