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A Drop of Magic

(The Magicsmith #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  592 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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

Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published July 31st 2019 by Bell Bridge Books
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A DROP OF MAGIC by L.R. Braden is the first book in The Magicsmith supernatural suspense series. This is the debut novel by an author that is new to me. The female protagonist, Alex Blackwood is a metalsmith creating works of art in Colorado after a fragile peace between the Fae and humans. When her best friend is murdered and she is violently attacked, her life suddenly becomes fraught with danger, lies, stress and changes. Along the way, she learns a lot about herself, her family, her friends ...more
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 characters and sid
A good effort and an interesting introduction to a new UF world with fae, werewolves and other magic users. One of the mistakes new authors make quite a lot is telling not showing and there is a little of that here. Not quite an info-dump and it wasn't so bad as to turn me off continuing but it was there.

Three Stars but a good three stars with a promise of greatness as the author develops her craft.
Joy E Perry

This novel is L. R. Garden's debut and also the first of a new fantasy series.

Alex's friend is found murdered. Desperate to find answers, she is quick to jump into cahoots with a fae named Kai in order to get them. Along the way Alex learns a lot about herself as well as the people around her; the biggest thing she learns being how much those around her love and care for her.

There is a fair amount of action and surprises in this book, enough to make me want to continue the series. I felt
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 romance in Urb
*Source* NetGalley/Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy, Romance
*Rating* 4.0


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 friend James Abernathy is owner. As t
Joy E Perry
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it

This novel is L. R. Garden's debut and also the first of a new fantasy series.

Alex's friend is found murdered. Desperate to find answers, she is quick to jump into cahoots with a fae named Kai in order to get them. Along the way Alex learns a lot about herself as well as the people around her; the biggest thing she learns being how much those around her love and care for her.

There is a fair amount of action and surprises in this book, enough to make me want to continue the series. I felt
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 Magic by
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
Moony MeowPoff
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb got me intriuged and the cover gave me a sort of a Sansa-vibe, so i think i had high hopes for this one. It was somewhat interesting in the start, but i felt after a while i wasn't intruiged anymore... the balooon kind of aired out so to speak, I didn't connect nor like any of the characters, and was a bit confused why so fantasy was pressed into one book, dragons, fae... and more... it felt a bit like too much? and sometimes i got confused and felt just meh about the story, nothing ke ...more
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 ended up star
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.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like this story, the blurb is unique & I’m enjoying it. I will continue the series. ...more
Jessica Reads It
A Drop of Magic by L.R. Braden was vividly descriptive and highly entertaining. Once I stepped into the world of Alex Blackwood and the Fae I simply could not put this novel down. The characters were bold and endearing with just the right amount of raw emotion and sass to keep me engaged.

After a sudden tragedy rocks Alex's life, a Pandora's box explodes and she is thrust into a new and dangerous world. Alex is bombarded by startling revelations of her past and those nearest and dearest to her.
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
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 wasn’t clear w
Nancy D   Miz-Firefly aka Sparky
This is an outstanding debut novel. A very entertaining read with great characters and several unexpected twists.
Sadie Forsythe
I thought this was ok, not great, but not bad either. I liked the main character, but I had issues with most of the side characters. The book passes the Bechdel test (it does feature at least two women who do talk to each other about something other than a man), but not by much and honestly, it didn't feel like it should. It felt very much like all the important side characters were male. In fact, it started to feel like a reverse harem, though there is no sex and the only whisper of romance com ...more
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.


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 d
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 murdered. It turns out her
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 takes reade
Westminster Library
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 faerie 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.

An additional library staff says Magic, Murder and Romance, oh
Anne Szlachcic
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Author's Magesmith series - featuring Alex Blackwood

Brought up in foster care , metalsmith ,Alex has few friends - the murder of one such friend Aiden turns her world upside down .
Aiden had secrets , just what had the Fae to do with him ? In investigating these secrets Alex discovers she also has secrets in her past , secrets that are dangerous . Desperate to find the truth Alex dives into this new world - she must tread cautiously for even her own life is now at r
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a interesting book. Alex got slammed with a lot of issues in a short amount of time but she seemed to handle them well, although the amount of her injuries she seemed to heal faster than I would have expected. It'll be interesting to see where the next book goes. #AdropOfMagic #NetGalley
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Alex! Every thing about this story makes me excited that it is just the beginning of a series. After her best friend is murdered, Alex is attacked and her whole world is upended. First, I just love that she is an artist and later what she finds out about her art and how it moves people is a very cool touch, one of many little details that add to how much there is love and connect things in this world.

What she finds out about her friend is mild in comparison to what she finds out about her
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was action packed from start to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! This book has a steady fast pace and an engaging paranormal mystery.

After a Human/Fae war the MC Alex a metal smith begins working with a Fae Knight to solve the murder of a close friend. Alex soon discovers things are not what they seem and this is a much more complicated mystery then with hidden agenda's.

the world building is fantastic and the characters were engaging. I love that the relationships an
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Potentially a great series

This story was a surprise. I liked the storyline, and although not an original idea, there was some tweeking that made it fun. Alex has her life turned upside down, and I’m amazed that she copes as well as she does, however there are at least three men that have romantic intentions (at least that’s my interpretation), so I’m a little hesitant about continuing on because of that completely overused - and often not well done - trope.

The fae are, so far, pretty mysterious,
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed from start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This was a fun and fast paced paranormal mystery. In a post Human/Fae war world Alex is a metal smith who forms an unlikely partnership with a Fae Knight to solve the murder of a close friend. Alex is constantly discovering that everything is not as it seems…Fae, werewolves and I have a feeling more to come in the next books (and hopefully some romance)!

Braden did a great job of building the world without leaving you lost with t
Lauren Holly
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish

I find it really difficult to invest in a character that seems to have the emotional capacity of a teaspoon. If I was told my best friend, one of the few people left in my life who love me since my parents and family are dead, had been killed in a home invasion I would be in bits. In whatever form that took, be it screaming and crying, withdrawing into myself and becoming emotionally mute for a while or vigorously cleaning the kitchen cupboards to distract myself. ANYTHING more than Alex's r
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Award-winning author of The Magicsmith urban fantasy series. 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. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. She has a soft spot for witty repartee and cheesy pizza.

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