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Courting Darkness

(The Magicsmith #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Deeper into the shadows. . .

The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she's got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect.

Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural w

Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published August 23rd 2019 by Bell Bridge Books
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COURTING DARKNESS by L.R. Braden is the second book in The Magicsmith supernatural suspense / urban fantasy series. The female protagonist, Alex Blackwood is a metalsmith creating works of art in Colorado after a fragile peace between the Fae and humans. She’s been summoned to the fae court and needs to learn a lot about proper etiquette and the fae world as a whole. When a dead body is found above an art gallery and a friend is implicated, her life gets even more complicated and her studies suf ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Alex Blackwood is torn between the human world and the paranatural one. As an unregistered half-fae with unusual powers and connections in high fae places Alex needs to stay off the radar. However, when her boyfriend is accused of murder and she has full blooded fae visiting her unannounced her life starts to get even more complicated that it was already.

I think my journey with Alex is going to end at the book. It isn’t because I hated it; it’s just I didn’t exactly like it either. I just slogge
Some spoilers below for the first book in the series.

Alex is a halfling, half-fae in a word where the humans and the fae have just brokered an uneasy peace after a brutal war. She has found out that she is related to one of the Fae Lords and has been summoned to Court to make her curtsey (as it were) where she will be quizzed on fae life and possibly challenged by rival fae. Oh, and added to which she and her friend Sophie were attacked by a werewolf and Sophie is now a werewolf being cared for
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Courting Darkness is the second installment in author L.R. Braden's The Magicsmith series. The story picks up where A Drop of Magic left off. Protagonist Alex Blackwood is a metalsmith whose works are often inspired by the mood that she is in thanks to her magic. Oh, yes, she's also part fae, but without all the worry about metals burning her like full blooded Fae. Alex's Grandfather gave her a magical boost to her powers, but it also
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
3 strong 💪 stars.
Katherine Paschal
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Alex is finally putting the pieces back together after finding out everything she thought she knew about herself was wrong. But when her boyfriend stands her up again, she has had enough of his blow offs and erratic behavior. On top of that, she is concerned about her newly turned werewolf friend, trying to learn everything that is Fey for her upcoming forced trip to the Fey Reservation, manage her new paranormal house guests an
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Alex is busy preparing for her upcoming appearance at the fae court. Kai is still there as her teacher, and Chase is spending more time in his more human form around her. Alex and James are dating, but he is cancelling a lot of their dates, and is being very mysterious. Alex is pulled into paranormal fights once again when people start disappearing around James.

There is constant action, and while Alex has developed some skills of her own, she is still sadly outmatched by pretty much everybody a
Eva Millien
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex, she’s been summoned to the fae court so she has hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s a death at the gallery and James is the prime suspect and bitter enemies pull into a paranatural war for territory that has her dodging police, swords, teeth and claws – not to mention the truth.

Alex is once again caught up in things that she had no clue about in this riveting and exhilarating read. The fascinating alte
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t take long to become totally engrossed in the second book in this riveting series. Ms. Braden is an exceptional writer in her characters, her plot, and her interesting world building. In fact, I really loathe one of her characters, and I really want to yell at him so very much, a mark of a great writer to get the reader so invested. One thing though is that this book took a darker turn than the previous one which I didn’t mind at all. Anyway, this is a great urban fantasy with a myriad o ...more
L.R. Braden
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Because, again, it's weird if I don't like my own book...
Jessica Reads It
L. R Braden has done it again with Courting Darkness- the second installment of the Blacksmith series. As soon as I opened the pages, I felt like I was returning home.

Our MC Alex Blacksmith really shows growth in her character both emotionally and physically. Courting Darkness allowed Alex to gradually accept her fae side while opening herself to the possibility of love. I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty of Alex's emotions and the way L. R. Braden has penned her as a fighter and a believer makes
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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*Thanks NetGalley for providing this copy in exchanged for an honest review.

Courting Darkness picks up shortly after the events of A Drop of Magic. Alex’s life will never be the same again. Being named as blood-kin by the fae Lord of Enchantment is no luxury. Alex must prepare to make her debut in front of the court in a month’s time. Unfortunately, that means pulling all-nighters and cramming as much fae knowledge, court etiquette an
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a breathless thrill ride being back in this world. Holy cow, this part was intense. Things really took a turn with James, and then another turn, and then another. The twists were delicious. The action parts were so thrilling. I mean edge of your seat fights that were so bada$%. Alex is awesome. She's not only able to hold her own but she doesn't have the usual emotional drama female leads are depicted with. Yes, there are complicated relationships but they don't cripple her, heck when pus ...more
Narelle Richards
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very excited to have the opportunity thanks to the publisher and NetGalley to read the second book in the Magicsmith Series by L.R.Braden. I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction in 'A Drop of Magic' to Alex Blackwood, an artisan who can do remarkable things with metal in particular iron, despite her half fae heritage. This book intensifies the changes occurring in her life partly as the result of discovering who she is related to in the fae world as well as dealing with problems that her lov ...more
Iris (InstagramREADS)
This is a fun read and a good start to a new series.

Alex Blackwood a kick-ass (YA'ish) 'half fae' heroine fights to solve a crime. Helped by Malakai, a fae Knight and Chase her house cat/ hot protector. And then there is James her Vampire lover (not that there is some romance. But it was mentioned). So you get enough of the fantasycharacters in this book. A Drop of Magic is a medium paced book to read. Here and there some fillers but interesting enough to give you areal page turner. Together wit
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Magicsmith series. I would recommend reading book 1, A drop of Magic before starting this story. Alex is studying for her appearance in FAE court and the vampires and wolves seems to be working against her. Alex is only part Fae and has been learning about her powers. Now she is drawn into the war of the paranormal community with a body being found in the gallery run by her sometimes boyfriend James. Good story with a big mix of creatures helping or hindering, depending on ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really have loved this series so far. This book was great, not as amazing as the action packed first book but still a good read. I wish it touched a bit more on Alex’s romantic life and her relationship with James or whoever she might be with. I love a good action story but I really love a bit of romance mixed in and that is missing in these books. That being said I still enjoy them and would still recommend them.
Bonnie J. Watts
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Good read

This one was good. Realistic characters though the heroine was pretty stupid about some of her actions. Like meeting the female werewolf without checking with her pack leader first. Annoying because she needed the men to save her again and again.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This series just keeps getting better. Can’t wait to read the next installment. Wonderful character development and world building. A new favorite series.
Taylor Z
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the idea of imbuing objects with magic. This series is quite interesting so far.
Sharon Powers
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This continuing series never ceases to amaze me with the capability to keep me reading way longer than I plan to. :-)
J.D. Brown
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book! -And I really liked the first book!

Courting Darkness is Book Two in the Magicsmith series, a series that has burrowed its way into my heart and made a home there. I love fae, vampires, and shifters, and this series has all of that and more wrapped up in an adrenaline fueled package.


Since learning that she is part fae, there hasn't been a single dull moment in Alex Blackwood's life. As if cramming to learn as much as she can about the fae court of Enchantment so t
This book was a fantastic second installment to the Magicsmith series. I really enjoyed reading this book it keeps the action going while weaving in plenty of new secrets and mysteries. Alex remains loyal to a fault even if it doesn't always make senses but I still love her and most of her solutions are logical and work with the overall story-line. This fascinating world is violent and cruel and the descriptions make it vividly real. I shuddered as Merak's throne of bones was described... That i ...more
Sharon Tyler
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Courting Darkness is the second book in the Magesmith series by L.R. Braden. I do recommend reading this series in order to best understand the character and world building.

The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she's got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect. Bitter enemies pull her into the midd
Ilona Hermet
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it...

Fantastic and totally amazing story. True storytelling at a level that you can enjoy every single moment... you will like this I am sure. Read it.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fae-human conflict continues. Alex has enough on her plate with her newly discovered halfer status. Bad enough her great-great-whatever fae grandfather is a fae LORD who inconveniently chooses to acknowledge her existence. Now she's bombarded with court etiquette and self-defense lessons--both necessary for her introduction to his court. But then her sort-of love interest James is accused of a heinous murder--and then disappears. And the ever-present paranormal police force are convinced she ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Courting Darkness is the second book in the Magicsmith Series. I really enjoyed the first book so I was excited to read this one and it didn’t disappoint. After finding out she is half-fae and a descendant of fae royalty, Alex must now make an appearance at court. Kai is trying to prepare her but she is not a good student. James has not been the best boyfriend and has missed a lot of dates. A woman is found dead in his apartment and he has been accused of murder and drug dealing. Alex doesn’t ha ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of COURTING DARKNESS (The Magicsmith Book 2) by L.R. Braden in exchange for an honest review. Alex’s debut into the paranatural community caused quite a splash and brought her some notoriety. As a result, her grandfather has summoned her to the fae court and has set the date for her presentation; it’s soon, too soon. Burdened with tutors force-feeding her libraries of information needing to be digested in a few short weeks, Alex is, of course, pushed into devoting most of ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having recently discovered she is half fae, a whole new world has opened up to Alex. Her grandfather is requesting her presence at the fae court, which she wants no part of. Unfortunately, Alex has no choice but to attend so now she is basically being tutored on all things fae. As if she doesn't have enough on her plate, Alex is having boyfriend troubles.

When Alex's boyfriend, James', enemy, Marek, kidnaps her to get back at him, Alex finds herself in a world of hurt. James comes to the rescue,
Anne Szlachcic
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Author's 'Magesmith' series and whilst it can be read as a standalone i recommend reading the first book to fully appreciate the worldbuilding and characters .

Alex is under pressure , she needs to prepare for her visit to the Fae and to uncover more about her 'magical' abilities .
That being said her private life is not going too well either , the man she loves keeps cancelling their dates and
now to cap it all he might be in trouble with the law ............... a d
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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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