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A Drop of Magic

(The Magicsmith #1)

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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./>

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Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published July 31st 2019 by Bell Bridge Books
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Beth
A Drop of Magic is a new urban fantasy series by L.R. Braden. And, I will be delighted to add it to my must-read series list.

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
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Shelley
*Source* NetGalley/Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, Romance
*Rating* 4.0

*Thoughts*

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
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Kelly
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 stars

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
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L.R. Braden
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mine
5 stars, because it would just be weird if I didn't like my own book. ;)
I'm not actually going to write a review though. I will leave that to more objective sources.
Shalini
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was supposed to be my half hour bedside read before going off to sleep, but by the time I closed my kindle, I realized I had finished the book and it was 2am.

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
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Renee
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex is a metalsmith and artist working part time in a book store to get by. The Fae Wars are over, and there's an uneasy truce between humans and fae, but there are disturbing social parameters. Fae live on reservations and have to register the moment they step onto human lands. Half-fae must register as soon as they're discovered, or they're deported forthwith. And there's a special police force that's big on enforcement. So the paranormal skulk around in hiding...and maybe biding their time. ...more
Ashleigh
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i normally don't write reviews for books.
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
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Eva Millien
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the Faerie Wars, the world clings to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity. Someone is trafficking in illegal magical artifacts and metalsmith, Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae after her best friend is murdered. 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.

The first book in a new urban fantasy series is an original, riveting read that
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Rolé
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Alex Blackwood can sense feelings and memories from places and objects. She is a gifted artist that works with iron. After her best friend’s murder, she is thrown into the world of the fae by Malakai, who has been sent by his fae lord to get to the bottom of a series of murders and recover a very important fae artifact. Alex finds out she is half-fae in the process, and she starts to doubt her own place in the world.

The murders and the efforts to solve them were intriguing, and it wa
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Westminster Library
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debbra
A metalworking artist with an unknown heritage, Alex Blackwood, finds the
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.

Find A Drop of Magic at Westminster Public Lib
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Alison
Three and a half stars.

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
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J.D. Brown
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a rush!

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.

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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
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Katherine Paschal
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/

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
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Sharon Tyler
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Drop of Magic is the first book in The Magicsmith series by L.R. Braden. It is currently scheduled for release on July 31 2019. 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 ...more
Joyffree
What a fantastical debut into the realm of fantasy fiction!
A Drop of Magic begins the way it intends to keep going
Fast-Paced Adventure
Suspenseful
Entertaining
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
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Jenna R
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I was provided an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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
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Kristina
A Drop Of Magic by L.R. Braden is a book about Alex Blackwood, a metalsmith and artist, whose life turns upside down when she learns that her best friend was murdered. Shortly after, she searches for the killer with an unlikely partner as she also learns to navigate her recent introduction to the world of Fae.

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
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Kreela
Although the current fad is Reverse Harem, and maybe Academy fantasy, I have been a die-hard fan of Fae fiction and keep returning to read these. And as a fellow artist, having a magic metalsmithing artist as the main character is the piéce de resistance!

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
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Kate Jonuska
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A metalsmithing artist who works at a bookshop, pulled into the net of a serial killer with links to the Fae... who comes to be called The Magicsmith. Ah, I really loved Alex Blackwood, the heroine of A Drop of Magic by debut author L.R. Braden. And in fact, I really liked the book entire, its universe a fun and fresh mixture of old and new.

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
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ShinyObject
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader's copy of A Drop of Magic (The Magicsmith, Book 1) by L.R. Braden from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Beth
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a fun read and a good start to a new series. After a human-fae war, there are and new laws governing interaction between fae and humans. There is plenty of tension and hate between the two races. Alex Blackwood is an artistic metalworker/bookstore clerk. She is crafting a new piece when some fae looking for an artifact they think she has, attack her. She drives them off with some iron and soon after learns that one of her best friends has become the latest victim in a string of serial mu ...more
Pamela
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alyssandra Blackwood, better known as "Alex" to her friends, is an artist. Working with metal is her passion. She currently has several sculptures in a friend's gallery. She mostly keeps to herself, but she's forced to come out of her shell when two strangers show up at her door and threaten her.

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
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Nicole
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you!
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
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Sarah
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: A Drop of Magic
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
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Ashley Reyes
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.

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
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Rosie Rizk
This book reminded me a bit of the Mercy Thompson series. The similarities being the human girl without any major powers trying to solve a mystery involving the supernatural community, of which humans know a bit about, but nowhere near the entire truth. This book focuses more on fae than on werewolves tho, and I don't think there's gong to be a werewolf boyfriend.

The mystery of the supernatural world and the characters hiding their race was a bit of a lure. Each secret was slowly revealed, like
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Margie
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The war between the Fae and humans is over. The Fae are now located on reservations and need a special pass to visit the human areas. Half-fae may live in the human areas but must be registered with the PTF (Paranatural Task Force). Artist Alex Blackwood is notified of the murder of her best friend, Aiden Daye. Her life is turned upside down following this news. Alex discovers she is half-fae and this has influenced her art. The murder of her best friend devastes Alex and she is determined to he ...more
Kylie
With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my ARC.

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
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Born and raised in Colorado, LR Braden makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. She is a member of both the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Northern Colorado Writers groups. Three of her short stories have received Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. With degrees in both English ...more

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