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Raised on the high seas as an avaricious corsair, Aela Crane has turned her back on her roots, but she can’t seem to stem the ancient magic that courses through her. Del is a soft-spoken soldier who seems to know more about Aela’s inherited powers that she does. Brynne’s the crofter’s daughter who’s reluctantly learning to become a princess, if she could just get a certain ...more
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Published December 25th 2017 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
3 3/4 Stars. I ended up enjoying this more than I thought I would. I misread the blurb thinking all three main characters were female. I thought we might even get into a juicy love triangle here. But it’s actually two women and one guy who’s POV we are in. Even with that slight disappointment I enjoyed this. This is still a lesfic book and a pretty decent fantasy-adventure.

Aela is a corsair (pirate), Brynne is soon to become a princess and Del is a soldier. It’s almost to the point I can’t say
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Lexxi Kitty
Book received from Netgalley and NineStar Press for an honest review

I hate when I start off a review this way but . . . I've no real clue how to write a review for this book. Most of what I could say would probably be spoiler. So . . . I'll try to weave my way to something approaching a review.

One of the first things I need to mention, and I'm not sure if it is a spoiler or not, I assume it isn't considering how the book flows from beginning to end, but it is something that was hidden from reade
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E.

This book is February's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by @sapphicliterature.

Aela - a corsair trying to distance herself from her roots and her wild magic, Del - a soldier full of secrets, fiercely chasing the past, and Brynne - a seemingly simple girl thrown into the world of royalty. All of them are so much more than it firstly appears. All of them are tangled together. All of them help each other grow.

I loved that the characters have their distinctive voice and every POV reads differently. It
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Carrie
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Aela Crane is a corsair with a spear gun and a family made up of her fellow crewmates. The past she’s put solidly behind her comes back to bite, though, when it’s the very reason the king blackmails her into going on a monster hunt. Del, one of the soldiers who accompanies her, is not all he seems to be. And Brynne is a merchant’s daughter who finds herself betrothed to a prince she doesn’t know. Aela’s and Del’s story eventually intersects with Brynne’s in satisfying and surprising ways.

Fantasy
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Devann
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I don't want to say a lot about the plot because I feel like it would give away the story and the summary for the book is kind of vague on purpose for that reason. It was definitely a fun fantasy story, although I feel like the POV was a bit unbalanced. I definitely felt like we didn't get as much of Brynne's POV than the other two, although it did pick up at the end. I guess my main problem with this was that I f
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Daniela Gutierrez
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jess
This book was provided for free by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

I was really hovering between two and three stars on this one because some parts were really good and others were really boring. And when they were really boring, they were really, really boring. But though this didn't end up being a fantasy favorite of mine, I started getting pretty invested in the three main characters and ended up wanting to see more of them.

Not a whole lot of the plot
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BadassCmd
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was provided for free as the February's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by sapphicliterature.

This was an all in all good fantasy book.
The mythology and history of the setting is pretty interesting, the main characters are likable and there's dragon(like creature)s. I especially liked the connection between Aela and the dragons.

The lives of the three main characters are interwined in more ways than we first expect. All of them are lost in some way and don't want to be in the kind of situ
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Alex
This book was February's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by @sapphicliterature.



I... read this entire book and I honestly don't have much to say about it?

I enjoyed the relationship between the three protagonists (Aela and Brynne, who are two women in a sort-of-romantic relationship, and Del, who becomes friends with both of them). Looking back, the overall plot was also interesting - and yet, the execution felt lacking. I felt myself skimming through pages of descriptions instead of reading them. I
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Lara  (SapphicBookClub)
An ebook copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you enjoy a good adventure book with some fantasy elements, I definitely recommend this one! It has everything you know you need: f/f romance, badass main female character who's good with weapons, and a main male character who doesn't get in a way of the ship and is for once not annoying.

It's really hard to describe this book without spoiling too much (I believe even the summary gives away a lot) but what I can say is
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Saraih Korber
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was February's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by @sapphicliterature.



So I'm a little late reviewing this book, but honestly I did enjoy it. The romance was nice, the relationships were interesting and the plot was fine, just fine. However why does it feel like the world wasn't explored enough? It feels like between the first chapter and the second there should have been at least two more. I'm not sure if the author wasn't sure if a longer novel wouldn't have worked but I do think it this
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Zoë
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jasmin
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was provided for free as the February's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by sapphicliterature.
(Some spoilers ahead!)

Even though I'm giving this only 2 stars, the book was definitely interesting. I enjoyed it, and it had some great aspects, but in general I won't be thinking of it much later.

One of the main things I genuinely enjoyed was the plot itself. The story was very heavily relying on the plot, and it was moving forward along the whole book. I need to admit, sometimes I found myse
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Phoenix
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it


This was the February Sapphic book of the month for the Sapphic book club.

The characters and plot were fantastic, but I feel like the book could have been improved the pacing a bit? It could just be me but I feel like it didn't go in depth enough with the interesting fantasy powers and overall lore (like the astrology aspect) but then spent a long time on, say, a character wandering the palace. I would love to read more of this world though, and am excited to see if the author does anything more
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Sophia
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Sapphic Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The action sequences really drew me into the book. I especially thought the first scene of the novel made a good hook with all the action that was going on.

In terms of characters, I really liked how fierce Aela was and I was compelled to find out more about her heritage and what that meant for her. I also liked how complicated her love with Brynne was since they are from two differe
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Stacie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: net-galley-arcs
This is the first book I got approved to read an arc of and I’m so sad because I couldn’t stand it. I couldn’t even force myself to read past the first 10%ish. Everything that happened was ridiculous and unbelievable.
Sara Codair
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Run in the Blood is like a breath of crisp, salty air proving you can have sword and sorcery fantasy set in a medieval-ish world without loading it up with sexism and misogyny. And you know what makes this book even better? Quite a bit of the rainbow was represented in a positive light with no one picking on them for being themselves.

I received a free copy from NineStar Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. I want to give it ALL THE STARS.

It had dragons AND pirates!

I was hooked from
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
3.5 stars

Aela Crane is a corsair...and something more. Brynne is a common dock wench mysteriously chosen to be the wife of the crown prince. Del is a soldier...and something more. Together, they will solve the mystery of their home and fight the dangers of their island. Unless something gets to them first.

An intriguing fantasy set-up in a generic fantasy world of and island of ice, snow and rocks, where the previous inhabitants of the island mysteriously vanished before the coming of Del and Br
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Finn Longman
This was one of those ARCs where I really enjoyed the plot, but the writing style wasn't quite to my tastes.

First of all, I had to read this book over the course of several days, which isn't how I prefer to read. I'm a fast reader, so I tend to just sit down with a book and read it until I'm done -- having to put something down for two days in the middle often guarantees but I won't actually finish it. Despite drowning in work, however, I was engaged enough in the plot here to want to pick it ba
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Jadin
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lesbian, fantasy
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Lin
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q
This was the February 2018 read for the Sapphic Book Club.

So, there are things I like about this book. Ross clearly has a talent for actiony storytelling. The ship battle draws my interest right from the start, and the scenery descriptions are excellent and immersive.

That being said, the characterizations need some work. (view spoiler)
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Leonie Byrne
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Thank you to Netgalley, AE Ross and the publisher for my ARC of Run in the Blood.
Run in the Blood is the debut novel from author AE Ross. A slick fantasy novel with awesome characters who you can't help but absolutely love!
Aela Crane has been raised a Corsair, a brutal, bloodthirsty pirate and she wouldn't want life any other way. Sailing the high seas in search of fights, gold and glory, and popping back to port for a fumble with a sweet girl every now and again. What other life could she pos
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Min
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Run in the Blood more than surpassed my expectations. In a world where the mainstream fantasy genre tends to be male dominated (with some notable exceptions such as the Tremontaine series), this book felt like a breath of fresh air. The debut for author A. E. Ross, Run in the Blood is a tale of adventure, pirates and dragons.

The narration was divided in three POV characters, two of them women, and was easy and fun to read. The plot, with it’s twists and turns, made Run in the Blood a fast read,
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Andrea
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a fun fantasy story in a fantasy world of ice snow and rocks. It is hard to review this book without giving too much away so I will keep it more technical. In my opinion the POV was a bit unbalanced and I wish there would have been more from Brynne. It was a well written book, that was intriguing most of the time but had a few dull moments but that was ok. The characters were likable and I kept rooting for them.

All in all if somebody likes fantasy books, this one is great!
r.b.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You should all get this book and read it because it is great.
It’s fantastic, cinematic, thrilling, AND has characters that I really loved. Like instantly loved. Aela Crane is so. bad. ass! I also really want more Alphonse & Doyle bc <3 <3 <3
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Ariadna
I liked the story about the prince, the pirate and the "barefoot girl", and the dragons. But I had a false impression of the kinds of people involved, as if I had entered the story thinking that the three main characters would be women.
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