A Drop of Magic
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./>With ...more
Alex discovers that one of her friends is murdered and their last act was calling Alex, leaving her racked with guilt for not answering his call. The mystery behind the murder sends Alex into detective mode, uncovering secrets about herself and her friends.
A Drop of Magic has lots of unexpected twist turns, a bunch of side of really fascinating secondary charact/>A ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, Romance
A Drop of Magic, by debut author L.R. Braden, is the first installment in the authors The Magicsmith series. A Drop of Magic is the story about 28-year old protagonist Alyssandra (Alex) Blackwood who works as an artist specializing in metal sculptures. She lives in the mountains outside of Nederland, Colorado and shows her work at Souled Art Gallery in Boulder, Colorado where her f ...more
I enjoyed reading this first book in a new Urban Fantasy series following Alex, an artist / metalsmith who is going to go after her best friend's murderer with the help of a fae named Kai. We meet a few secondary characters and the world created is interesting.
I thought the romance would be more developed in this book but I'm guessing the author wants to build it slowly over the three books planned for this series. It's a bit disappointing because I usually love having a ro ...more
I like to say that my favourite genre is Urban Fantasy, and when I look deep into my heart that is where my love lies. I love the interesting twists and overlays that authors put on a contemporary world. Then I love to see the stories and characters that the authors plonk down into the world they crafted. However, when I look at my reading history, you could be fooled into thinking that I barely have a passing interest in the UF genre. This is why I decided to pick up A Drop of Magi ...more
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, t ...more
But i will for this one.
Rated at 2 1/2 stars
UF is one of my fave genres, I love everything to do with fae and supernaturals(weres/vamps etc) However this book was very "flat" to me. The plot premise was interesting but I feel like there wasn't much world building or at the very least it was kept very vague. To make it seem interesting, the author had one thing after another happening, it happened quickly but the downtime was really DOWN. I e ...more
The first book in a new urban fantasy series is an original, riveting read that ...more
The murders and the efforts to solve them were intriguing, and it wa ...more
death of a friend leading to her life to become an extreme uproar. The
paranormal world explodes from the shadows with fae and werewolf characters
bursting into Alex's life. This first book of the series builds the series
reality with the creation of character backgrounds, relationships,
employment, within the setting of the Boulder-Denver area of Colorado.
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Alex Blackwood works in a bookstore and is also a metalsmith in her spare time, having some success selling her art in a local art gallery.
Following the Faerie Wars all fae have to be registered and live on a reservation unless they have a special licence to live outside but tensions remain high between the fae and the humans. A serial killer is on the loose, apparently randomly targeting unrelated people, and one of Alex's best friends has been mur ...more
A Drop of Magic was my first book by L.R. Braden so I had no idea was to expect and was very pleasantly surprised.
Alex Blackwood lives in a fictional version of Colorado that at first reminded me very much of a modern-day Carnival Row. The fae are OUT. As in "out of the paranormal closet". The story takes place 10 years after a war between the fae race and the human race. The humans were victorious. Now the fae and any mixed human/fae people are required to register, live on designated reserv ...more
After the Human-Fey war ended, the world seems to be divided against how they felt about the fey and the know fey were registered and sent to live at a reservation, but tensions were high. Alex is content with her quiet life of metalworking and working at a bookstore, but when strange men show up in her work studio demanding something she knows nothing about, her world goes quickly out of her control. With new unwanted guests showing up at her house, a mysterious guy showing up ...more
A Drop of Magic begins the way it intends to keep going
The story begins with two strangers dropping by her studio to pay her a visit. This is the catalyst that sets off a domino effect that turns out to be a bit like Pandora's box. Once the lid is cracked there is no stopping the truth from seeping forth.
Alex soon finds herself falling deeper and deeper into a ...more
LR Braden's debut novel, A Drop of Magic, is part murder mystery, part preternatural fantasy, and one solid good time.
The reader follows the perspective of metalsmith Alex Blackwood as she learns about the recent murder of her friend, Aiden. Alex is quickly drawn into a tangled web of secrets about Aiden himself and how the fae may or may not be involved in how he ...more
I was initially intrigued by this book because it gave me Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning vibes and that series is one of my favorites. I can’t say that I enjoyed it as much ...more
The blurb describes the plot well enough. However, the mood is delightfully creepy enough for Halloween. Cliff's Notes version: Alex's bestie is killed, and she is roped into helping a Fae catch the killer, even though he seems like ...more
In A Drop of Magic, Braden sets the magical Fae and humans together in the modern world where tourist visas, glamours, full moons, and police politics intersect when a ...more
This was the first novel that I had read by L.R. Braden so I really had no expectations, but after reading, she is an author I would look for in the future for other novels.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I found it to be well written. The world building of an earth with Fae and humans was intricate, but unders ...more
They believe Alex has a magical item in her possession. When Alex learns that they are more than likely responsible for the death of a close friend, who was in possession of said item, things really tak ...more
This novel was an enjoyable read to the start of a new series. It brings humans in contact with magical creatures like the far and shifters and magic. Alex Blackwood has kept to herself and a few close friends. When her best friend is murdered, Alex wants to get justice. After a cryptic message, Alex begins getting visitors and threats. Alex learns she is a half fae, with a particular skill set that is needed to solve the m ...more
Series: The Magicsmith Book #1
Stand Alone Title: yes
Author: L.R. Braden
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Blurb: 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 ...more
This is set in a timeline where the Fae are out, monitored, and require identification. Alyssandra is a blacksmith, artist, and works in a bookstore for her friend. The story opens in her smithy, where she is interrupted by two men, and she realizes one isn’t human. Later, she finds her friend has been murdered for the same reason she was visited- she’s part fae. The rest of the story is about her search for her friend’s killer, and lea ...more
The mystery of the supernatural world and the characters hiding their race was a bit of a lure. Each secret was slowly revealed, like ...more
This title combines many elements of genres that I enjoy reading; urban fantasy, Fae characters, mystery and murder.
When Alex, a metal smith, discovers that one of her best friends has been murdered it is only the beginning of a series of revelations that alter her life.
What follows is an enjoyable read, with detailed world building, an interesting story and a slew of characters that I look forward to getting to know better in future title ...more