A Drop of Magic

A Drop of Magic

by L. R. Braden

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Overview

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.

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. 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—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future.

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive.

A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series

Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. 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. A Drop of Magic is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611949414
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 07/31/2019
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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A Drop of Magic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Alex, short for Alyssandra, is a blacksmith in a modern world with a magical twist. The world is at peace after the last Fae War. The Fae are kept to reservations or their own worlds and need a Visa to travel in human countries. Full Fae and Halfers -- anyone w a drop of Fae blood -- are viewed with suspicion by most humans.When one of Alex's limited circle of friends turns up dead in a purported home invasion, Alex learns her friend was involved with the Fae, and his death may not have been a simple crime......
Anonymous 8 days ago
Made me laugh out loud. Cant wait for the second one.
PenKay 21 days ago
I was intrigued by this book, and I was excited to read it. This is the author’s debut title, but really I couldn’t tell. The characters were fascinating, the plot was rapid-paced, and I felt like I could see every scene like I was watching a movie. And, TBH, when I first started this book, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because it dragged a little. Once, though, we got to heart of the action, the book just flew by. The book was very original, and I can’t wait to read more in this universe, find out what happens to everyone including Alex’s cat, and what happens when Alex meets her family. Loved this book, and recommend to anyone who loves urban fantasy. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
BobbieLCLA 21 days ago
I received a free copy of A DROP OF MAGIC (Book 1 of The Magicsmith) by L.R. Braden in exchange for an honest review. A war between fae and humanity ended with the fae being restricted to territorial reservations. Those with fae genetics are required to register and to obtain visas before traveling through human-ruled lands. Alex Blackwood was a child during the war, and her father perished while fighting on the side of humanity. Because Alex’s mother died shortly thereafter, Alex grew up in foster care. Accustomed to being abandoned and discarded, Alex struggled to remain independent and to reject emotional ties. However, starting with two friends in college, she slowly let her guard slip and formed emotional ties to a small community. Alex’s heart breaks when one of her friends becomes the latest victim of a serial killer tormenting her area. Suddenly, Alex is under siege by the supernatural world; both paranormals and law enforcement repeatedly demand she turn over an artifact they think her friend had in his possession. Before the end of the story, uncomfortable truths will be revealed both about Alex and her friends, Alex’s community will be broadened, alliances and enemies will be made, an artifact will be recovered, and a serial killer will be discovered. I liked this book. I thought it did a good job of establishing the basic world building and framework for a new series without distracting from the story presented. At the conclusion of the tale, the book makes it clear that more world building will be provided as Alex’s familiarity with the supernatural community grows. I recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy. I look forward to the next novel in this series. #AdropOfMagic #NetGalley