Black Blade Blues (Sarah Beauhall #1)
Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most twenty-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group.
The lead actor breaks Sarah’s favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, whoclaims to b
Well, not for me. For one thing it's in many ways more a romance than a fantasy adventure and that's not something I'm into. There are some odd moments and some "why did you make that decision" moments. I sort of wanted to enjoy this one but by 50 pages in I could tell I wasn't going to get into it.
I think if your into romance especially the the "my life's been hard" and "I haven't been understood till...more
Oy. I have had the hardest time trying to review this book. It was such a mixed-bag: Parts of it were good, parts were merely okay, yet none of it elicited any strong emotions in me. So I'm going to make this a bare-bones, flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants review (and for those of you clapping and cheering at being spared reading another one of my long-winded reviews, well, that's just rude).
-This was only the second book/series I've read featuring a female blacksmith (th...more
Maybe it's because I found...more
This first novel definitely has rough edges, which kept it from 5 stars for me, but is pretty awesome.
The "refusing the call" step in the Hero's Journey usually feels phony: who wouldn't want to give up their crappy ordinary life to be a he...more
She's in love with a schoolteacher named Katie, with the Society for Creative Anachronism, and with blacksmithing. Her issues run deep - a bible-thumping family and lots of baggage keep her hating her sexua...more
I probably set the bar pretty high as far as the content of this book goes. I'm a Seattle native, and I am part of various alternative communities. I've also tended to read urban fantasy written by women, as...more
But none of those problems are nearly as bad as the ones tha...more
This book was painful for me to read. For a few reasons.
1) The protagonist is so-dumb-please-kill-them. I understand that genre novels tend to follow the rule-of-thumb of "The protagonist wants X, so the author should put Y obstacle in their way to prevent them from getting X." 'Y', however, should not be the protagonist's own stupidity. Every. Single. Time.
2) The primary inciting ev...more
This was another book I sooooooooo wanted to like alot....and just didn't really get into.
Probably would have given it 3.5 stars, if that were possible. It was just very uneven.
The ideas here are totally kick-ass awesome.
Blacksmith protagonist dealing with sexual identity? Very cool. Underlying Norse mythology? Awesome.
Society for Creative Anachronism friends being used as a cover for people who are aware of magic in the world? No brainer-good idea.
It started SO WELL. I loved the introduction of Sarah, I loved her insecurities and her relationship with Katie. I loved Katie, I wish we could have seen more of her. I thought Sarah was well drawn and found her issues about her sexuality and self-esteem really believable.
I did not like the weird POV sh...more
The fantasy part of this book started off really well. I like characters who gradually become aware of the supernatural (especially when they're given time to...more
Sarah is a blacksmith, rebelling from her very religious family. She's also a lesbian in her first relationship. When an antique sword she'd bought at an estate sale gets broken on the set of a movie she's working as prop director, she reforges it, only to have one of the extras tell her that 1) he's a dwarf, 2) the sword is a magical one, and 3) by reforging it, she's committed herself to killing a dragon. Oh yeah, and that dragon is an in...more
The humanity of the characters was a refreshing change, and seeing an honest re...more
Sarah Beauhall is a black smith by trade and by passion. She loves the feel of the hammer in her hand as she mold and shapes metal into new objects. While working as a props manager on a movie, one of her beloved swords that she is broken and she feels the need to re-forge it if she wants to keep her job. However, re-forging the sword is about t...more
I said geek twice in the first paragraph, because this feels like a book with a definite target audience: mainstream modern geeks. Renn faire lovers, DIYers, sword enthusiasts, techies, con-goers, queer-friendly folk, star wa...more
If I had read this as a fanfiction – like, if Sarah had been replaced with Hermione – I would have spent the entire time sighing about how she was a total Mary Sue. Angsty childhood? Check! Suffering from emotional abuse? Check! Doesn’t think she’s pretty althou...more
Dragons rule the earth from hiding, Blacksmith re-forges a mythic sword given to someone in her di...more
Cuando me enfrento a estas situaciones, o primero que pienso es que el libro es una mieLda, así de simple. Después me retracto y pienso que el libro no me ha aportado lo que yo buscaba y al final acabo echándole la culpa a la editorial por engañarme.
Y es que este libro que etiquetan de fantasía urbana...more
The good: Pretty unique world-building. From a technical standpoint, the writing is adequate, though hardly outstanding. Several of the characters are engaging and enjoyable to read about. (Alas, not the protagonist.) The lesbian element, not common enough in the UF genre, is nice to see, if a bit mangled in its treatment.
The not so good: The author can't seem to decide if this is an action-driven urban fantasy or a character-driven coming-of-age novel, and, as a res...more
The good: I like the language, to learn a little about how blacksmiths work and that they author uses norse mythology. It has a lesbian protagonist, always a good thing in my book. I also like many of the supporting characters, there's a lot of good people there.
The bad: Sarah annoys me no end. All the angst about being lesbian is to me just too much. Specially when she clearly has the support of everyone she cares about who's in the know. For me this is too much...more