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Faerie Blood

(The Free Court of Seattle #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Kendis Thompson of Seattle thinks she's as normal as the next computer geek, and up till now, she's been right. But her world is about to turn on its ear, for she is the daughter of a Seelie Court mage and her mortal husband--and her faerie blood is awakening. Suddenly the city she's known all her life is transforming before her eyes. Trolls haunt the bike trails. Fairies ...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd, 261 pages
Published June 22nd 2012 by Low Orbit Publications (first published May 2009)
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, own-ebook
It feels really mean to give this book only two stars and an "it was okay" rating. But lately, I've been reading a lot of books that start out with a bang and then kind of all apart and I lose interest when I get to the middle mark. I don't know what it is, but I swear if this keeps happening, I'm just gonna stop reading them and not look back.

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 whos
I enjoyed this story of Seattle software programmer Kendis Thompson who ends up being part Fae. She's different from other urban fantasy heroines because she is a proud geek girl (and we don't see enough geek girl heroines) with many nice nods to Star Trek and Star Wars. She's snarky like most UF heroines, sure, but she isn't over the top about it.

Much of the story deals with Kendis finding out that there are Fae alive and well in her city while the full on fantasy background didn't kick in lat
Kendis is pretty close to what I'd think of as the perfect sort of friend for myself. Nerdy job, nerd-like interests, half-fae...I think we'd get along quite well. She does have this unfortunate tendency to want to ignore the reality of the situation, but I'll give her leniency for the fact her whole world just imploded. And she does rally quickly when the situation grows bad and someone needs to remain in control.

Christopher, of Newfoundland, was a bit of a hoot. I always like it when guys find
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anyone who has read my reviews knows I do not spend a lot of time giving a synopsis of the book because that typically is on Goodreads next to the book cover or on Amazon etc., so, I will move forward. It's great to see another book about the fae that, though it holds to some of what appears to be some traditional terminology in books about this group of supernaturals, it still strikes out on its own. It definitely held me in its grasp, and not ...more
Tyrannosaurus regina
I'm going to start with what I liked, because there were definitely things I liked. The introduction of tech geekery and software programming into a setting that was steeped in Celtic mythology was great, and I liked the strong bent towards female characters as both protagonists and secondary players. In general, I thought the premise and characters had a lot of promise, but I also thought that a lot of opportunities were squandered.

The part I liked best—the aforementioned tech/faerie mash-up—w
I usually don't review books, and I'm not necessarily fond of writing, but some books you just can't keep silent about.
This book was awesome!
Kendis is a biracial computer-programmer who is attacked by a troll and learns that the magical world is real. She also happens to have a closer connection to that world than she could ever have imagined...
The book reminded me a lot of Charles de Lint's tales of Newford, and the Seattle setting was a gorgeous backdrop for this story. I loved that the hero
I bought this book four years ago in a giant Fictionwise sale. At the time, I was really into Urban Fantasy. But before I had a chance to read this book, I'd already gotten rather bored with the subgenre, so it's sat unread on my e-reader for a long, long time.

So, please keep this fact in mind when considering my review.

IT was a pretty average book - not great but not terrible either. The biggest criticism I have is that it was rather formulaic - which wouldn't be as big of a deal for me if I wa
Stephanie A. Cain
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Smart, sassy, and fun fantasy

I've had this book on my Kindle for some time now just because I like the author's blog. I finally got around to starting it yesterday, and I did nothing else all day but read it--far too late in the night!

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 (th
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want an action-packed, on-the-and-of-your-seat ride, look no further than this book of urban fantasy. It was fantastic. I loved the characters, loved the humor, loved the danger. This author is one whose books I will read more of, you can be certain of that.
Solomon Foster
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid urban fantasy book. (Along the lines of War For the Oaks.) Started a wee bit generic for my taste, but by a third of the way through I was solidly hooked. Looking forward to reading sequels.
Rachel Blackman
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faerie Blood is fairly standard modern urban fantasy fare; that's not intended to be read as a bad thing, however, since the same can be said of, well, most modern urban fantasy fare.

Though the story was enjoyably presented, there weren't really any huge surprises beyond the whole "holy crap, mythical creatures are real, and a fair number of them want to kill (and in some cases, possibly eat) me!" experience of the protagonist. Then again, not every book needs such plot twists, and certainly not
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book.

Urban fantasy is a hard sell for me. I cut my teeth on the Newford books by Charles de Lint, and I want more like that. I'm less fond of snarky loner type heroines who don't realize they're awesome until some guy (or possibly eight guys) point it out. I have a lot of urban fantasy on my shelves, and I keep being disappointed that I'm not getting any of that.

Angela Korra'ti's Faerie Blood gave me all the tropes I love without any of the ones I've come to detest. The book is als
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced and geektastic, Faerie Blood starts off as a classic tale of Awakening. But it pulls ahead of the birth-blood-'n-fate pack in two important ways. First of all, the Special/Chosen characters remain characters - they retain their personalities, their priorities, and their individuality rather than being subsumed by their destinies. And, even more wondrous, the non-Special characters also remain characters, rather than fading to the status of props and setting. That's credible magical re ...more
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a Fictionwise sale last year, and for a number of reasons ( primarily getting a bit burned out on Urban Fantasy) I didn't read it until now. I am glad I finally read it, though.

This was an enjoyable read. When I started reading it felt like I was walking next to Kendis as she struggled to adapt to the fact that trolls, elves and magic existed. The Seattle setting was detailed and added to the feeling that I was a silent witness to the havoc that elves and magic wrought on S
Delilah Night
This urban fantasy centers around Kendis, a biracial woman who learns that her mother was a powerful faerie. Her clan has found Kendis, but it's not a happy reunion--are they good, or bad. And who are the UnSeelie who also want Kendis to join them? Kendis is caught in the middle of a faerie clash while coming to terms with her identity, newfound powers, and attraction to Christopher (who has powers of his own).

I love that the heroine is bi-racial. My daughters are, and it's nice to finally see a
Kendis Thompson lives an unremarkable life. She's 24 years old, a software tester in a computer company, and shares a duplex with a pair of adopted-in-spirit older brothers. While biking home one day, she is attacked by a troll, saved saved by a passerby with a staff and an accent from across the pond. She learns that she has fey blood running in her veins, and that the Sidhe will do anything to obtain that blood, with or without her veins attached to it. Her best friend, Jude, is dragged into t ...more
Kate  K. F.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Faerie Blood after seeing it mentioned on a tumblr for diverse reading and I'm so glad I did.

Faerie Blood reminded me of my favorite Charles de Lint stories and Seanan McGuire's October Daye novels with how the Faerie world is messy and complicated. Kendis Thompson is a programmer in Seattle who doesn't easily fit in as she's biracial and a woman in a man's world. Yet, she's found a happy life for herself until on her bike ride home, a troll attacks her and suddenly her life is throw
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Have you ever had one of those times when someone you knew wrote a book and you kinda feel like you need to read it, but you keep putting it off. Well this is like one of those times, but then you find out - Dang, the girl can really write. :) I enjoy this book. The character were engaging, and the plot was compelling. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Yes, there is a already another one. In fact, Anna has written 4 others. 2 of the 5 are under the name Angela Korra'ti. Faerie ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a while since I had read an urban fantasy novel. Angela Korra’ti’s Faerie Blood reminded me of everything I love about this genre. Heroic yet counter-cultural characters, fantastical situations, adventure, an urban yet earthy sensibility -- this story had it all. I especially admired the fullness of the characters that this author created. Even the secondary characters felt true and real, and I like the fact that they were multi-cultural and complex. The relationship between the main ...more
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This book was an okay read, it was just boring. The hero never really gives me a whole lot of power. I didn't feel safe with him at all and the majority of the time the heroine was begging people to tell her what was going on. The names of the adversaries were too difficult to remember. I wanted to say, ohh are you a good witch or a bad witch to figure out who was good, bad or indifferent. It's like there was another story out there that I should have read before reading this one to understand t ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 1/2 Stars - I have mixed feelings about this book. On one level I enjoyed it because I went into it not expecting much just wanting to pass the time. On another level I found myself being pulled out of the story because Kendis didn't act like her stated age, Christopher spoke in a manner that was out of date and the fact that he didn't really use a the internet was just weird, I got confused as to what the overall time period was, and it dragged at times. But, I enjoyed the plot and if there i ...more
What a fun read this was.

Fast paced and I just adored the group of characters and how they interacted. On a whole it was great. It was rather warm, no sex which I found refreshing and sweet in fact in the romance sense. In the Urban Fantasy sense, it was action packed and believable. Gritty in some parts. It was so unlike anything that I have read and what a pleasant surprise it was.

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Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful fantastic dramedy that evokes the best of Charles de Lint and the old SERRAted Edge stories, with an updated awareness and a strong sense of overarching narrative -- as well as a sense of Place -- that keeps it from being merely a series of engaging set pieces. Very mucn looking forward to future installments in the series, which will appeal to fans of Diane Duane and BtVS no less than Dunsany and Gaiman.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly charming urban fantasy. This has been on my TBR list for awhile and I'm glad I finally got the chance to enjoy it. Korr'ati does some wonderful things with words to make Seattle a magical landscape. In addition, the romance is quite sweet and the characters are likable. If you're a Seattle resident, someone who enjoys good urban fantasy with a diverse cast of characters or s software tester (Finally!), this is a book you should definitely read.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I actually haven't finished the book. The formatting on the Kindle edition was so bad that I kept being thrown out of the story and after two chapters couldn't take it anymore. Which is a pity, because what I managed to read was interesting.

I suggest the author reformatt it and not use the Word formatting for Kindle.
Nicole Luiken
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Great opening hook with a troll attack. Interesting fey and Warder magic; I especially liked the magical connection between the two main characters. The descriptions of music, Seattle and computer programming felt authentic. Looking forward to the promised sequel!
Quibble: I wanted Kendis and Christopher to kiss long before they actually did.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, scifan, fairy
In the tradition of Bordertown -- urban faerie stories with courts and intrigue and all the rest. Great story, especially amusing to read as a Seattle-ite -- it's a very, very Seattle geek story. Not a polished book, but a pleasing one nonetheless.
Donald Firesmith
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very nice - looking forward to reading the next one

Liked the characters. Fun and easy to read; took me just three days in my spare time. Lots of possibilities for future book plots.
Much much much much much yes. So much yes. You don't even know how much yes. It made me feel a little homesick and like I'd had a visit home at the same time. Good story, good characters, good music. Recommend.
Linda Wu
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Urban fantasy with elves and other mystical creatures. Reminds me of the SERRAted Edge by Mercedes Lackey and others in style. The mythology also similar. First person narration, but the narrator is not an idiot, so that was okay.
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The very first thing Angela Korra'ti ever wrote, at age 8, was a short story about a girl spirited away to rule over the leprechauns for a day. She progressed rapidly to pretending to take notes in class when she was actually writing novels, and writing fanfic before she had any idea what fanfic was! Music has been a part of her life almost as long, thanks to six years playing flute and piccolo in ...more

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“Geeks are not the world’s rowdiest people. We’re quiet and introspective, and usually more comfortable communing with our keyboards or a good book than each other. Our idea of how to paint the
Emerald City red involves light liquor, heavy munchies, and marathon sessions of video games of the ‘giant robots shooting each other and everything else in sight’ variety. We debate competing lines of software or gaming consoles with passion, and dissect every movie, television show, and novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.

With as many of us as there are in this town, people inevitably find ways to cater to us when we get in the mood to spend our hard-earned dollars. Downtown Seattle boasts grandiose geek magnets, like the Experience Music Project and the Experience Science Fiction museum, but it has much humbler and far more obscure attractions too, like the place we all went to for our ship party that evening: a hole-in-the-wall bar called the Electric Penguin on Capitol Hill. ”
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